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Irv's Burgers
Owner Sonia Hong sketches customers' picture on their plate

West Hollywood loves its burger joints (hello, Astro Burger) almost as much as it loves its rock ?n? roll gossip. That?s why we think Irv?s Burgers is a particularly good fit in the neighborhood. 

This unprepossessing little burger storefront is both new and really old.  

First, the new: Owner Sonia Hong opened the place just weeks ago after relocating from a freestanding kiosk blocks away. She serves standard burger-joint fare--cheeseburgers ($4), fries ($2) and soft drinks ($2)--but all is done superbly, with fresh white-bread buns, lean ground beef and firm, crispy fries.  

On every plate, Hong draws a message (?Have a nice Monday!?) or the customer?s portrait. The whole experience is a flashback to the pre-franchise good old days.  

Which leads us to the old: Under one owner or another, this place has been selling burgers since 1951. Stars like Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison used to dine here, and Linda Ronstadt used a photo of it as album artwork.  

Consider it the perfect spot to bring an out-of-towner looking for a bit of L.A. history. 

Irv?s Burgers, 7998 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 323-650-2456 or

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