64. Husky Burger at Husky Boy Burgers

Even pixellated, still great
Even pixellated, still great
Photo by some OC Weekly intern or other

Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

Another Laguna Beach fave, just for the hell of it. First wrote about it in 2006, and my words still stand:

Even if you've never eaten at Husky Boy, you know this restaurant. It's the burger stand on the north side of Laguna Beach--the one on the inland side as you speed (slowly: mind the local constabulary) toward Crystal Cove, the dive with the chronically long line of surfers and tourists, the rich and the day laborers, kids and adults, all waiting patiently for some of the best hamburgers on the Orange County coast.

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All of them deserve a bite, but first-timers should stick to the majestic bulk that is the namesake Husky burger. It's really just a cheeseburger topped with ruddy bits of pastrami, but the contrast between the juicy beef and the salty pastrami is gluttony at its most enjoyable. Fork out an extra $2.50, and you can get the combo, which includes a large drink and a basket of fries: joy.

The List:

65. Love Bagel from Koffee Klatch 66. Kouign Amann From The Crema Cafe & Bakery 67. Chili Lime Popcorn From Green Tomato Grill 68. PB & J At Hopscotch 69. Takuwan Sushi from AnQi by Crustacean 70. Ube Ensaymadas from The Ensaymada Project 71. Pork Bánh Mì at the OC Poultry and Rotisserie Market 72. Tacos Gobernador from Mariscos Los Corales 73. Dutch Baby at the Original Pancake House 74. Doughnuts from Sidecar 75. Lengua Tacos at La Chonita 76. Oysters from Carlsbad Aquafarm at the Orange Homegrown Farmers Market 77. Lemon Miso Crab Melt at Umami Burger in Laguna Beach 78. Pani Puri from Adya 79. The Pocket at the Pocket Burger 80. Gyro Sandwich from Paul's Place 81. Slice of Heaven at Pie-Not 82. Taquitos at El Toro Bravo 83. Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut at the Donuttery 84. Dan Dan Mian at Wei-Shian Noodle 85. Beef Burger at Rider's Club Café 86. Smoked Trout at Provenance 87. Small Plates at A&J Restaurant 88. Corn Cheese at Zoomak Asian Bistro 89. Pumpkin Curry at Bhan Baitong 90. Poke at Costco Tustin II 91. Pambazo at Tacos Radioactivos 92. Beef Pho at Pho Crystal Noodle House 93. Breakfast Burrito from Cafe Calacas 94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe 95. Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's 96. Jajangmyeong from Ching Chinese Express 97. Breakfast Sausage from Da-Le Ranch 98. Any Special Dinner by Old Vine Cafe's Mark McDonald 99. Tres Amigos Burrito from Piaggio on Wheels 100. Bacon-Wrapped Dates from Lola Gaspar

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Husky Boy Burgers

802 N. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

949-497-9605

www.huskyboyburgers.com/index.php


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