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Haute burgers go head to head

We pit haute burger against haute burger to see which Hollywood Boulevard joint was worth the bill.

Lucky Devils

25 Degrees

Lucky Devils
6613 Hollywood Blvd.
25 Degrees
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
(inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel)
The Patty: The price ($12.95 plain) borders on absurd, but the melt-in-your-mouth Kobe beef is profound.
Toppings: Not DIY. Our menu suggestion: Kobe Bacon Bleu with Maytag blue, caramelized onions and garlic aioli.
Turkey: Unashamed of its turkey-ness. Blended with rosemary; topped with white cheddar, avocado and arugula.
Veggie: House-made with beets, paprika and roasted red peppers. It has a firm consistency and a nice spiciness.
Dogs: Called the Spicy Lucky Dog for a reason; comes in a snappy natural casing. Chili is a little pat.
Buns: Brioche that’s a little fluffier and softer than the ones down the street.
Fries: Dark, caramelized and crisp outside, soft inside. For those who prefer heavily seasoned fries.
Beer/wine: A nice list of wines by the glass, but the 25 microbrews (including rarely seen Belgians) are standout.
The Patty: Thick and juicy, though ours came out closer to medium than the medium-rare we ordered.
Toppings: Artisanal cheeses and enough sauces to create something really awful if you’re not as smart as you think.
Turkey: Nicely charred and juicy enough to be mistaken for beef; may be better than the real thing here.
Veggie: None, though you could probably construct something tasty with all the cheese, sauce and veggie options.
Dogs: An admirable Chicago-style dog; sweet and smoky, served with kraut and onions.
Buns: Again with the brioche. Buttery and delicious, it would make a good roll.
Fries: Light gold and crispy, seasoned tastefully with parsley and thyme.
Beer/wine: Stellar half-bottle selection with 50 choices, including a burger-friendly E. Guigal Gigondas.

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