More good Burgers and Beer in North Hollywood.
“What do you mean ‘going to the bar’?,” my soon-to-be Waitress asked quite pointedly.
No, she wasn’t joking…but at the same time she was. My Waitress was quite disappointed that I wasn’t going to sit at a table. How could I turn down a face like that? So, to her table I went, and went happily.
At first you can say that Stout is continuing proof that America’s comfort food craze is still in high gear. Everywhere you look nowadays. Every time you shake a stick, it seems you hit another high end, comfort food palace. You know the place that does Premium Burgers and Fries, along with craft beers all but curated by the staff. Meanwhile, along the way, you’ll be paying those premium prices.
In a way, Stout is exactly like that…but not.
I mean, here I am…at Lunch on a Workday afternoon. The place is moderately crowded. Game is on. Beer is being poured, and yet…
I’m having a lot of fun.
And yes, it was all thanks to my Waitress.
The feeling I got, the feeling she gave me was that Stout knew exactly its place in the world. I mean, c’mon. It sells Burgers, Fries and Beer. We’re not talking cutting edge gastronomic revolution here. We’re not talking a station on the Hipster Foodie cross. We’re talking comfort food, a comfort food palace, where comfort and fun are at a premium.
Yeah, tried to smash the two words together, but it just didn’t work.
You’re going to like it here. Heck, talking to some of you, some of y’all may like it just because it’s not Umami (whatever that means). It’s comfortable, it’s friendly. They’ll serve you good Burgers, good fries and good Beer. Not as good a set of fries as Wurstküche, and not as extensive a selection of beers as Congregation, but good nonetheless.
And it’s mostly outdoor seating. Can’t beat that with a stick.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: This is Anthony Bourdain’s fault. Since his damn shows been on the air, I too have fallen in love with the gratuitous eggs being added to things. And lo and behold, there is the Morning After Burger. What is it? Well, it’s Rosemary Bacon, that gratuitous Egg Over Easy, Aged Cheddar, and house made Chipotle Ketchup.
So…not only do I get my egg, I get a nice spicy kick to top it off. Sweet.
Curse you, Bourdain! Curse you for making me love this sloppy, messy, difficult-to-maintain-structural-integrity, yet delicious as hell Burger. Curse you!
Oh, and did I mention they’ve got Beer and Beer pairings? Beer and Beer pairings!!! I had what I thought was the Summer Solstice, but the Menu has it listed as the Winter Solstice, from Anderson Valley, CA. Delicious. Perfect for this burger and a warm early summer’s day.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing serious. I will say that most of the seating is outdoors. There are a few seats indoors, near the bar, but most of it looks like its outdoors.
PARKING: Well, tricky. Stout has it’s own Parking Lot, right there hugged up close to the Restaurant. The problem is, it’s only got nine spaces, and well…it feels like seven are them are taken up at any given time.
After that…I’m not sure what you can do. There is some street parking, but you’re going to have to cross a very busy Ventura Blvd. You might try to park at the Strip Mall complex across the street, where Ramen Jinya is, but I dunno. They seem like the ticketing type.
Stout (North Hollywood)
11262 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Tel: (818) 505-0076
Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am – 12 midnight
Friday-Saturday: 11:30 am – 2:00 am