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Who's Got the Best Burger in the Valley?

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A few days ago we asked for some input on a very serious issue: Who's got the best burger in the Valley? The results were pretty diverse, including the non-carnivore options, and the occasional lapse of awareness of local geography (err, sorry, Stout and 8oz aren't in the Valley), and a range of answers pointing to mostly burger stands and more casual neighborhood joints. While we suggested The Counter in Studio City, commenter AJ remarked that the build-your-own high-end burger spot "is too hit-or-miss for me but when it's good, it's GREAT," adding a pick for a fave: "But all in all, I really think my favorite burger in the valley is at Stanley's on Ventura Blvd."

Other meat-based picks included Steve's Burgers in Burbank near Victory & Buena Vista; Henry's Hat (in the Cahuenga Pass--the almost Valley?); the gorgonzola bacon burger available as a special at Fab Hot Dogs on Tampa at Vanowen; Jack's Classic Hamburgers in NoHo (especially the bacon cheeseburger); ostrich and bison burgers from Billy's Grill in Van Nuys; the posher fare of Laurel Tavern (we like their grilled cheese, at least!); and Kerry's Cafe in Valley Village.

Okay, okay, aren't left out!