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Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers

Fashion Square Mall
14006 Riverside Dr.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 | Map
(818) 808-0680

Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers is tucked into a corner of the first floor of the Fashion Square Mall in Sherman Oaks. My office is right across the street. Just a few miles east of me in Toluca Lake, there’s another wonderful burger spot – Mo’s, which is discussed elsewhere on this web site.

I don’t know if all this makes me lucky, or not. I had quadruple bypass surgery in mid-2008 and my burger intake has been seriously curtailed since then. Despite the temptation that lies just across the street I’ve managed to be pretty good and limited myself to an occasional burger treat. But that doesn’t mean you have to.

Barney’s offers up a plethora of burger options guaranteed to satisfy the desires of any burger aficionado. The meat is ground to perfection, cooked to order and served with any number of toppings on either burger buns or French rolls. There are other things on the menu – salads, BLTs, club sandwiches, hot dogs and such – but the name of the place is Gourmet Hamburgers and that’s what we are here to discuss. There are chicken burgers, turkey burgers and vegi burgers if you must. But for me if it isn’t going to be beef it isn’t worth falling off my diet. And when I do step off that diet for a moment, Barney’s is one of the places I want to be. And I’m going to do it right – a one-pounder on a roll topped with sautéed onions. I’ll even leave off the cheese and bacon as a nod to my cardiologist.

There are other Barney’s locations: 2 in Oakland, 2 in San Francisco, 2 in Berkeley and one each in San Rafael, Santa Monica and Brentwood. The Sherman Oaks spot is the only one at which I’ve eaten. So, it’s the only one I can recommend.



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