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November 30, 2010

Hollywood Burger Bistro open for business

hollwyoodThe three-alarm fire on November 21st near the corner of Boston Street and Montford Avenue did more damage to Calabrese Hair Salon than it did to the new Hollywood Burger Bistro. A week later, the salon is back open; the restaurant never closed.  

Hollywood Burger Bistro takes over the closely watched Canton space where Tangier's came and went so quickly. People fondly remember the old Weber's of Boston Street as well as the first five years of Redfish, before Ted Stelzenmuller left to open Jack's Bistro and its original owner Michael Stratigareas sold the business to spend time with his family.

Now, Stratigareas is back on Boston, as the manager and consultant for Hollywood Burger Bistro, a moderately priced restaurant inspired by Los Angeles area burger joints like Umami Burger, Father's Office, and the Counter. Stragigareas says that renovations, by Larry J. Link, Jr., have created a space that will say "L.A." and "Vegas" to patrons.  Renovations by The reticent owners of Hollywood Burger Bistro hope to make the Canton location the flagship for a locally operating Hollywood Burger Bistro group.

Signature burgers start at $12 and the basic Build-a-Burger starts at $10, with a 75-item topping list that includes both the basics and the unusual -- fried green tomatoes, melted chocolate, and white truffle oil. Hollywood is using 100% natural beef from California's Imperial Valley. Other basic options include turkey burgers and vegetarian burgers. The website is still under construction but the menu and the topping list are online at here.

Stratigareas told me he has also brought back an extensive appetizer menu, similar to the one that used to bring folks into the Redfish bar for an evening graze. Because his main goal for Hollywood is to have it be a "super affordable, five nights a week" place, he has kept the prices low and his margins slim.

Hollywood Burger Bistro is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. The kitchen is open until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and until midnight on other nights. The phone number is 410-563-7437. 

 

   
Posted by Richard Gorelick at 10:41 AM | | Comments (64)
        

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have created a space that will say "L.A." and "Vegas" to patrons.

Burn one, sprinkle with Colombian marching powe,r and give it a Brazilian.

He may want to consider a more local beef provider http://www.rosedabeef.com/

I give it 6-12 months tops. There's a reason the LA burger bars are in LA and the Pubs are on the east coast. Once the "new car smell" wears off, people will migrate back to their pubs for an $8, just as good burger made from beef grown right up off 83 and this place will turn in to "Insert fad here" Bistro.

Funny...I was in Father's Office (Santa Monica location) several months ago and its decor screamed "Baltimore".

Because nothing succeeds in Baltimore like importing a shallow douchey-vibe place from Miami, DC or LA.

Hollywood's – The popular place to meet popular people who like popular things.

So little jarpitude.

Also, the thing about Father's Office and Umami is that they keep a relatively limited menu and do it very well (unfortunate pun certainly not intended). A build-a-burger concept sounds like a wreck. I'll probably ruin my own meal, then blame you, Hollywood Burger Bistro.

My guess is that they dropped the names of a couple of LA burger joints to rouse the attention of foodies, with no real intent to replicate the concept.

So the turkey burger on this menu looks identical to the turkey burger on the abbey burger bistro menu (with the exception that abbey names the brand of cheese). Several other burgers look similar as well to what I can recall from the abbey menu. Maybe burger bistro land is totally uncreative but still.. pure coincidence?

I'm trying to understand how $12 hamburgers and "keeping the prices low" go together. Especially when you can wander over to any one of dozens of nearby eateries -- like the Claddagh for a $7.95 burger or Ale Mary in Fells Point for a $6.95 burger, both Angus beef and darned good.

(-1) * (-1) = 1
but
(-1)+(-1) = -2

Occam's Calculator always uses addition ere multiplication.

I have spoken. It is done.

At the Dogfish Ale House in
Gaithersburg you can get a 1/2 pound burger cooked to order with the best house made chips I have ever tasted for $7.00. Now that is affordable.

It's time to unveil my grand new plan for a downtown eatery:

Tio Preppy's

Popped collars and pastels, anyone?

I don't care how contrarian people want to be about foodie trends, which I think most agree are pretty insufferable. Facts are facts, and if this place has burgers that taste anything like Father's Office, it's going to be a huge success. Following a trend is only as successful as the quality of the product. The L.A. burger joint trend blew up not because people in L.A. are hopelessly driven by wanting to appear hip, but because the burgers they sell are awesome.

I don't care how contrarian people want to be about foodie trends, which I think most agree are pretty insufferable. Facts are facts, and if this place has burgers that taste anything like Father's Office, it's going to be a huge success. Following a trend is only as successful as the quality of the product. The L.A. burger joint trend blew up not because people in L.A. are hopelessly driven by wanting to appear hip, but because the burgers they sell are awesome.

I'm still upset that Tangier's couldn't make it. I thought their Moroccan and Sephardic influenced menu was pretty interesting...perhaps too interesting for Canton.

If the burgers are great people will go there despite the stupid theme and bad luck location. If the burgers are only average it will die a deserved death.

Oh, so sorry to be so late to this table! Scanning back up through the postings:

RoCK -- what you said! (My Great Uncle served at St. Casimir's, and I am sure that part of his role was to preserve enclave.)

AK -- Amen! Tune into "Good Food" on KCRW to hear occasional commentaries on how good the local cows can be.

Sam Sessa -- your understanding of what a "popped collar" is and mine are probably different. My collars, it turns out, are linen coated with acetate and are therefore incredibly flammable. Why I quit smoking!

EEL -- Dogfish rules!

Morpheus -- I thought all Occam ever did was shave.

And finally to Frequent LIRV -- If I'm that close to Roseada, I might as well keep on a couple of extra miles and hit up Gunpowder Bison for even better burgers. That might just be me!

"I'll have a burger, Lettuce, Tomato and cocaine on the side."

I prefer just the cocaine today, then I'll eat the burger sometime tomorrow. Or the next day.

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I am less likely to say out loud "I went to Hollywood's" than I am to say "I fellated a hobo for beans". The definition of unjarpy.

For some reason I thought Tangiers was only out temporarily. What am I supposed to do with that Restaurant.com coupon that I got at 90% off?

@Bert
Restaurant.com will exchange gift certs. for any place that's closed. Just shoot them an e-mail.

Hope this place sticks - the menu actually looks really good. Sure, there are other pubs in the neighborhood that server burgers, but there isn't really a "burger place".

They can't say "We're the Abbey Burger Bistro of Canton" so I guess they had to say "We're LA/Vegas"

Melted chocolate? On a burger? ::::cringe::::

Robert of Cross Keys - Tangier's menu was interesting, but their prices were outrageous. The meatball dish really irked me...I think we got the equivalent of four mini-meatballs (cut in half so there appeared to be 8) with some celery and sauce and it was about $10. Luckily, we weren't paying for the meal. Despite tasty food, I probably wouldn't have returned if I did have to fork out my own $.

As for burgers, give me an $8 one from Koopers Chowhound wagon....mmmm!

What i find interesting in all of the comments is that no one has had a burger there yet. I stopped in last Friday and got a blackened chicken ceaser salad. I was in there for about twenty minutes and was the only patron. It wasn't on the menu but they made it for me. The burgers on the menu ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous.

I love when owners plan a restaurant chain before they even get the first place off the ground...not sure I need to predict the outcome of this one.

I had a burger from here. The patty was seasoned well, although it reminded me of a large dry meatball. It arrived well done although ordered it medium rare. The roll was terrible and fell apart from the weight of the patty. Fries were soggy and wait time was over 30 mins. Epic fail.

Am I the only one who thinks a new restaurant shouldn't have a menu filled with typos. When you use celebrity names for your food, you should at least get the names right. Lindsey Lohan? Selma Hayek? And what is Typopitka? South of the boarder? Wasabai? Tzaziki? Hagen Daz? Pruscuitto?

Hubris and no attention to detail? Yeah, that will end well. Plus PDF! Who designed their web site, Turd Ferguson?

And some of the menu items are just plain racist. The "Selma Hayek" onion rings are named thus because they are brown on the outside. The Mohammed Ali burged is thus because it's blackened?

Holy Shinola, Batman, check this out:
Obama –
Grilled chicken & shrimp sautéed in yellow curry sauce with vegetable du jour served over noodles.

You see is mother is white, so it's chicken not beef and then blackened and add some curry sauce because he lived in Indonesia when he was a child?

Wow, I hope they don't serve any desserts with Oreos.

After reading the whole menu, my opinion of the owners dropped from indifferent to hell no.

What were you thinking? Plus, the jokey joke menu isn't clever at all.

Doc and OMG
Websites and menus full of errors tell me that it is likely that the food will also suffer from a similar lack of attention to detail. My favorite has to be the unfortunate misspelling of tyropita as TYPOpitka. If it weren't so ridiculous it would be funny.

Maybe that's the gimmick, though -- they get one thing wrong with every order!

Ea_ a_ _oe's

Spam at 1:32 a.m.

@Stefan:
Uh, Stefan? You went into a new burger joint and ordered a grilled chicken salad that wasn't on the menu? I find THAT interesting, given your opening statement. What's your point here?

Hey Bert,

I'd have to dig to find it, but I'm pretty sure I still have a restaurants.com gift card to Meridian 54.

@mededitor
Whats interesting is that up until a few posts after mine there was not one "review" of a burger from the place. When I walked in I had no idea it was a burger place, it wasn't until i was talking with the bartender that he filled me in on the concept behind the restaurant. Had I not been looking for something very specific I probably would have gotten a burger.

Doc wrote When you use celebrity names for your food, you should at least get the names right. Lindsey Lohan? Selma Hayek? And what is Typopitka? South of the boarder? Wasabai? Tzaziki? Hagen Daz? Pruscuitto?

Actually, I think "South of the boarder" is pretty funny.

That sign is awful.

Take the $8 cab to the Abbey... Your "Hollywood" build-a-burger looks a tad bit familiar, no?

hahaha. lexie nailed it.

i think baltimore is at capacity for burger places.

Sheila Dixon is laughing at all you dopes...laughing all the way to the bank

@Charlie brown
definitely a publicity move. the food is not even in the same league as those mentioned spots.

@foodie
your review was spot on. i had the same experience there.

Meateater, guess it wasn't just my meal. That sucks. A close friend of mine told me to check it out. He said he met the owner and wanted to know what i thought of the place. I told him about my experience and he didn't seem too surprised.

Judge Judy is on another channel, Libelly McSlanderpants.

I love what Baltimore does with restaurant names - adds an "S" to the end of it. I laugh every time I hear "Charlestons" or "Tio Pepe's". Now they did it with the 'now open' sign. "Hollywood" became "Hollywoods". Cute.

I love what Baltimore does with restaurant names - adds an "S" to the end of it. I laugh every time I hear "Charlestons" or "Tio Pepe's". Now they did it with the 'now open' sign. "Hollywood" became "Hollywoods". Cute.

Cute.

Illiterate

I'm adding "Wigs and Drugs" to my list of great names for a band.

I'm adding "Wigs and Drugs" to my list of great names for a band.

Actually choking from laughter

I just got this Facebook update:

JETSETMAFIA
‎2-4-1 BURGERS AND PIZZAS, MNF @HOLLYWOOD'S, GO RAVENS! GAME TIME SPECIALS: 50 CENT WINGS, 50 CENT COCONUT SHRIMP, $2 MILLER LITE DRAFTS, $3 PINNACLE DRINKS, 845 Montford ave

Using Jetset Mafia to promote a burger joint called Hollywoods? Priceless. Any doubts about the douchiness of the place should be put to rest.

2 For 1 burgers sounds pretty desperate. Also shows u how overpricer the burgers there are. This place might be done in 3 months. Everytime i drive by it's empty.

@foodie
I wonder if we have the same friend. Was it the guy who does amazing cocktails for weekly card games in Roland Park. I have a feeling he wanted us to check it out to see if he could set up shop there. Doubt he will now.

I just visited this establishment for the first time tonight and I have to say I am impressed. While I own a business in the heart of Little Italy it was a nice respite from the usual. I disagree with your disputes on the prices, have any of you been to cafe Gia's? Their wine prices are a little outrageous (over a 100% markup of a zin... not a fan) the food is quite affordable. The portions are perfect size and the flavor is exquisite albeit unconventional. The chocolate and white chocolate truffle sauces are absolutely a treat. While they are trying to reestablish themselves and make a new niche for the joint I have to give them props. The father makes Amazing authentic European desserts and the staff is very professional and friendly. The head waiter was a manager at the ever popular Milan. I have to say it does have it's pitfalls as any establishment does such as having 3 floors still under construction and the markup on the wines and alcohols. The MNF 2-4-1 is not out of desperation, it's for the bar area only and not open to general in house seating. I respect your opinions and I hope I haven't offended anyone but I think this place is going to go far. I was impressed.

That was hilarious.

Wow. Let me get this straight. You stop in for the first time and you come out with all this info that would only be known by management. Right. Did a PR firm give you the talking points. Funny how you bring up cafe gia which happens to be across the street from a property the owner of hollywoods and several other parties lost to the diner according to the listing agent of that property.The readers of this blog would have more respect for you if you just said as the owner of hollywoods here is what i am doing.

@LIBO,

You forgot to mention whether the head waiter wears boxers or briefs.

WHOA! No need to persecute him. I happen to know that he is the owner of Shillatino's aty HIgh and Exeter.

The head waiter was a manager at the ever popular Milan. Well, maybe that explains it.

There were so many funny statements, but yes, Dah, that was hilarious. The other one being aghast at 100% markup on [white] zin. Even idiots, small children and kangaroos know that wine markup on crap like white zin is always more than 100%. Always. When was the last time you bought a $7 bottle of wine in a restaurant. Even at $3 a glass the markup is over 100% for cheap wines

Oh, to be the head waiter at a burger joint. I wonder who the maitre d' is?

I love dining out. I keep visiting different restaurants because i am very fond of eating out. Recently i am gonna start my own small business like restaurants.

Lots of complainers here. My wife and I had two great, perfectly cooked burgers at HBB last night. Yes, it's a clone of Abbey Burger Bistro (which I can walk to), but it was a very nice dining experience, and not expensive by today's standards. I will recommend it to my non-Federal Hill friends happily. Good luck in 2011

Lots of complainers here. My wife and I had two great, perfectly cooked burgers at HBB last night. Yes, it's a clone of Abbey Burger Bistro (which I can walk to), but it was a very nice dining experience, and not expensive by today's standards. I will recommend it to my non-Federal Hill friends happily. Good luck in 2011

Nothing but complaints here. My girl and I went in today for lunch and due to the bartender being hammered we were put in the back with no menus or server. They were blasting hip hop in the dining section soo loud that we could not hear each other talk. I paid $ 50 for burger, a gyro ($16 which was a joke and had almost no meat) an order of fries and 2 sodas. Burger was over cooked and fries were average at best. I will never go back and I never say that.

Just goes to show, Eric--never say never.

Okay, any guesses on the name of the place that will replace this mess?

C.H.U.D.'s – The Place for C.H.U.D.s

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