March 22nd, 2006 (by Chris)


locked in...no way out...and loving every minute of it...


There are a lot of reasons why we began BurgerTour. One was to find the hidden gems scattered around LA. We knew at the outset that Father’s Office would probably have the burger to beat. Not surprisingly, FO was way in front…until this past week. Ebizo’s Skewer in Manhattan Beach put up some big numbers. Now we have a fight on our hands.


I spoke with the owner a few days before the planned BurgerTourEvent to warn him about the swarm of carnivores planning to descend on his quaint little restaurant. Unlike the owner of Ercoles (ran out of friggin meat!), this owner took my warning seriously and agreed to close the doors to the public. Sure enough, at 8 PM we began arriving. In a beautiful symbolic gesture we put up the “Closed” sign and turned our attention to the Kobe beef.


While the advertised house specialty is Shabu Shabu (a Japanese meat fondue-thing that is actually pretty delicious), there is also a healthy emphasis on burgers. Indeed, about half of the menu is dedicated to burgers. You can choose between Angus beef and Kobe beef and you can opt for 1/3 lb, 2/3 lb, or the 1 lb belly-buster. Most went with the 1/3 lb Kobe option because it sounded fancy. A lot of us wear fancy pants, so go figure.  Interesting alternatives included the burger salad (which was a huge hit with the ladies) and the Ponzu burger (sliced Shabu Shabu-style beef piled high on a bun). Additionally, there were some nice toppings such as fried eggs, avocado, Ponzu sauce, etc.


I was the only person man enough to face one pound of Kobe. To make it even more interesting, I had them throw on a fried egg and some Ponzu sauce. It wasn’t hard to pick out my burger as it was cooking on the grill – it looked like a plate for the rest of the smaller burgers. When I got it, I couldn’t speak for a few minutes. It was that good. This beef ecstasy was not without consequences. As many of you know, you sweat out alcohol. So if you’ve been drinking whiskey all night, the next day you stink of whiskey as it sweats out of you. You can shower and brush your teeth all you want. You still smell like booze. Thursday, after eating the 1 lb belly-buster, I could smell the burger juices sweating out of me. No joking. And I was full all day. Woof – that’s the sign of a mighty burger.


A detailed analysis of the data shows that Ebizo’s took the lead for the best overall burger experience. The data also show Father’s Office with higher burger numbers, but barely. Ebizo’s is truly a hidden gem (at least as long as burgertour.com also remains a hidden gem).




My eyes just turned medium rare

Yea for the burger bowl!

Yea for closing the doors for Burger Tour!

Ebizo's needs better ventilation like Whitney needs driving lessons

My grandma has better buns

Juice like pure Mount Fuji rain

My burger's got sauce…she ain't sweet like mine…

I can't believe Chris ate the whole thing

Next time full poundage!

My only complaint is that it seemed like they got a lot of orders wrong/confused

1/3 pound is not enough

I need to come back and try it with eggs

Best BT ever - may have been b/c of the giant beer!

Next time I'll try the burger bowl (quoted by several people)

They closed the place for us -> huge points for that

If my company makes me work on Wednesday nights, I'll quit

So juicy - made the bun disintegrate

Miso Horney Burger!

Cute chefs

I blame the Hantinis!

Mr Miagi meets Ray Kroc

If you order a 1/3 lb burger, you'll have meat envy and there's already too much of that going on…

Kobe! Kobe! Beef!

If a scorecard falls on the floor, does it need to be burned?

Bunnage too pre-fab, too cold

Loved the company!



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