64. Husky Burger at Husky Boy Burgers

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Even pixellated, still great

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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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And a little bit more:

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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Location Info

Husky Boy Burgers

802 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant


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Margarita Vela
Margarita Vela

yay! I used to work here! p.s 4 employees in total run this place and it's all Raza! I'm so proud of my cooks Rodolfo Gonzalez Romero

Kirk Burris
Kirk Burris

Remember thirty years ago you could walk up to Husky's from the beach middle of the day and it could be closed.. Or could be open.. never knew. lol .. Burgers and rings were the best though!

Bruce Krochman
Bruce Krochman

...mind if I have some of your tasty beverage to wash this down with?

slop101
slop101

This got a higher spot than Rider's Club? Really? There's absolutely nothing special about the burgers here. Frozen meat with pre-packaged buns - you may as well go to McDonalds.

Joel White
Joel White

Do they have $5 dollar milk shakes too?

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