Rustic Canyon Tops Travi, Del Pero’s Burger List

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FO Burger Photo: Father's Office

What happens when a chef and a restaurateur try to eat 30 burgers in a few days? Not surprisingly, according to Jason Travi: "First you get the meat sweats, then the elevated heart rate." The chef teamed up with Mendocino Farms owner Mario Del Pero for a burger crawl through L.A. to sample what they thought were the best, in preparation for their own collaboration at the forthcoming Blue Cow Kitchen + Bar. They turn a pretty critical eye to the most important elements–the meat, bun, sear and accoutrements–and come up with their top five favorites. Expect the usual suspects (Father’s Office, Umami), with the top prize going to Evan Funke’s masterpiece at Rustic Canyon. [KCET]