It's the weekend! Which means you can take a break from eating healthy for a hot second and treat yourself to a burger. Instead of heading to your go-to burger spot, though, try one of these new beauties in town.
Shake Shake (West Hollywood): Yup. It's here, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. Embrace it. Get the ShackBurger, the SmokeShack, the Roadside Double; get the Shack Stack or just the plain hamburger. Get whatever you want, just take a break from your regular In-N-Out routine and try the competition. You can go back to the Double-Double, we promise.
The Bellwether (Studio City): It took a while for chef Ted Hopson to put a burger on the menu at the Bellwether; Hopson, who previously worked at Father's Office, didn't want his burger-centric past to define this Studio City neighborhood spot. But old habits die hard, and the Ploughman's Burger is now offered for brunch, a hefty beef patty topped with slaw and cloth bound cheddar. It's fantastic, especially when paired with a slider-topped Bloody Mary.
Old Man Bar at Hatchet Hall (Culver City): Every Sunday and Monday at 10pm, the intoxicating smell of burgers wafts from inside Old Man Bar at the back of Hatchet Hall, where chef David Wilcox has started serving his signature burger. The behemoth dish is topped with crispy pork belly, smoked oysters, smoked oyster aioli and melted raclette. Get there right at 10pm, though—Wilcox only makes 23 per night.
Spartina (Fairfax): The recently opened Italian restaurant from chef Stephen Kalt just expanded its menu to include lunch, and there are not one, but two standout burgers on the list. The Northern Italian burger features gorgonzola dolce and caramelized onions, while the Southern Italian burger is topped with hot peppers, tomato sauce and melted mozzarella. Bellissimo.
Have you tried any of these new burgers yet? Let us know in the comments below!