George’s Best Burgers: Simple honest burger dive in Anaheim

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This weekend I’m pretty much residing at the Anaheim Sport Center with my youngest who is in a basketball tournament.  The sport center is in one of the grittier sections of Anaheim (Anaheim Blvd and Cerritos).  What lightens up the trip is getting to have lunch and dinner over at George’s Best Burger’s.

George’s Best Burgers is a classic burger drive-in dive.  Its age is uncertain, but it is old, appears to date to at least the early 60’s.  It is in need of a new coat of paint but it is clean.  I firmly believe that the age of that well seasoned griddle and grill is why the burgers come out so frakkin’ tasty.  It is worlds away from the sterile main street of  “Downtown Disney” only a few blocks away and I like it that way.

The bacon burger special at $5.39 is our usual order.  What you get is a lightly toasted bun that is all soft and melting with just enough crunch at the burger level.    Order it with the works you get their secret sauce (likely 1000 Island) with shredded lettuce, tomato and diced onion.  Avocado optional at extra cost, splurge it just makes the burger all the more enjoyable.

The fries are nicely crispy and salted.  Its classic restaurant supply fries, thicker than what you get at McD’s but cooked to a golden crackly crunch.  Don’t skimp, get the fries they are worth it.  The onion rings however are just average and not worth the time it takes to order them.

Service is friendly but curt.  The busier they are the more harried the two running the kitchen become and taking the orders is what they concentrate on.  Much less conversation you will get from them.  Off peak during the week or between game sets at the Anaheim Sport Center is the best time to get short lines, friendly and fastest service.  The latter is hard to judge but typically games end and start at the top of the hour so you need to plan on being there by the X:30 to have allowed the lines to die down some.

The one warning I need to give you is with the rest rooms.  The are around the back of the restaurant and are an entertaining example of tagging gone wild.  Clean, but in need of some serious goo-gone tagging removal and a new coat of paint.  I suspect they are that way as George’s abuts a trailer park to the rear (Who knew Anaheim had one of those, right?).

In short go to George’s for the food, not fine dining ambiance.

Details: George’s Best Burgers, open 7 days week breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1745 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim CA 92805.  MAP HERE

4 Comments so far

  1. Dave Share (daveshare) on February 14th, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    If you’re in the area, may I suggest something that may be even better than that. Pepe’s. There’s a few in Anaheim. Their burgers there are AMAZING!!!! Best I’ve had in Orange County (Including In N Out). Just sayin’. If you want to change it up.

  2. frazgo on February 14th, 2010 @ 11:45 am

    Pepe’s is good unfortunately I don’t have that much time between games to run off very far. Anaheim actually has quite a few classic burger dives that serve up better than average burgers at a very fair price too.

  3. Gina (oc_gina) on February 15th, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    Looks good! I’ll have to try it whenever I’m in the area.

  4. Evan (unregistered) on February 16th, 2010 @ 11:29 am

    I don’t live in Long Beach anymore, so my OC food radar is way off now…is Volcano Burger still around? Man, I loved those onion rings.

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