If a restaurant is bold enough to put “burger” in its name, it’s a good bet there’s a great burger or two on the menu. At Burger Daddy (149 Linden Ave.), one can correctly assume they’ll find something delicious to bite into. The downtown Long Beach business, which also has a location in West Hollywood, has a deceptively simple menu of burgers, fries, shakes and beer. Those burgers range from traditional to the unexpected, giving people the opportunity to enjoy — as just one example — the Katsu Burger: made with a panko-fried beef and onion patty, Japanese barbecue sauce, zesty slaw, red relish and a classic bun.
Fans of Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks (55 S. Pine Ave.) know the tropical-themed restaurant chain based in Southern California has perfected its tastefully crafted selection of burgers over the past four decades. From booth tables made from repurposed surfboards, you’ll want to order a Big Island Iced Tea or Sunset Colada under the thatched roof and relax with an original burger such as: the Hula, made with mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese and mayo; or the Hawaiian, with fresh pineapple, teriyaki sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, Swiss cheese and mayo.
You’ll find a good burger — and a lot more — at Hamburger Mary’s (330 Pine Ave.), a full-service restaurant, bar and drag-themed dance and entertainment venue in the heart of downtown Long Beach. Reservations are a must for the popular Dining with the Divas weekend brunch shows, where one can take a bite out of The Queen Mary, a burger with melted cheddar and jack cheeses, covered in grilled onions and crisp bacon, plus thousand island, lettuce and tomato.