4541 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9004134.126700 -118.218801
Tue - Sat 12pm - 7pm, closed Sun, Mon
Neighborhoods: East LA, Eagle Rock
Small Place, big burgers – This is an AWESOME burger joint! As a vegetarian, it is difficult to find a decent replacement for something so beefy as a hamburger. I tried the mushroom-mushroom burger and it is out-of-this world!! Melts in your mouth. The service is a little slow, but there were only 2 people working, and the PLACE WAS PACKED. Great beer on draft. My boyfriend said the Cardiac was the tastiest burger he'd had in a really long time! Obviously The Bucket proved its reputation as the BEST BURGERS IN LA!!
Came, saw, tasted... Won't be back. – So I'd been reading reviews raving about this joint for a while now. I tried, as some other reviewers have stated, to get into the place, but it always seemed to be closed. But when I found myself in the area the first thing that came to mind was I wonder if "The Bucket" was open? After a quick call it was confirmed to be, so I stopped in. Believe it or not, it seems that ambiguous hours are part of the charm. They even have a sign inside pointing fun at this fact. Anyway, the reason one comes to a burger joint is for the burgers and I decided to dive in head first with their signature "Cardiac Burger". At $8, it comes loaded with two Burger Patties, Mayonnaise, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Grilled Onion, Mushrooms, Bacon, Ham, and your choice of Cheese. I opted for cheddar and added an order of "Bucket Fries," round cut potatoes described as something "Between a chip and a fry." The service on the patio was disinterested at best, and when it came to paying I gave up on waiting and went inside to pay at the counter. But again, you don't go to a burger joint for the service, you go for the burger. So how was it? ....OK. Really just OK. I honestly don't get the ham on the burger thing, so I ate that separate. Actually, it must have been beyond OK, or I was just hungry, because I found little pieces of ground up white plastic in the meat early in my meal and still managed to eat 75% of the burger. (How bad could a little plastic be for you?) It was a mountain of a burger, the patties were large, the bun so-so, and the fixin's unremarkable. And maybe it was a bad day for the french fryer, but the "Bucket Fries" were terrible, I would guess the result of the oil not being hot enough. It was shame, because they looked like they could have been quite good had they been fried and not parboiled. Overall, this place was a disappointment. Word has it they are in the midst of changing ownership once again. I hope they can help restore it's reputation to what it once was.
Is this !@#$#$ place ever open? – I've tried unsuccessfully to eat at this place 3 times in the last 1 1/2 weeks. 1st attempt: tried 3 times b/w posted opening of 12:00 and 1:30. Still closed at 1:30. 2nd attempt: Closed @ 12:30. Answering machine said they'd open at 2:00. 3rd attempt: Called today and was told they'd be closed all day. I GIVE UP!!!
Mmmm...Beef – Simply put, there is no better burger in LA. I've been twice, and there has been no wait, great service, and cold beer. Ivan has added a few micros from Pasadena that go great with the burgers. The only thing I would change is to toast the buns.
LA's Best Burgers – This family-owned Eagle Rock spot is high on kitsch, quality and value. Only a few seats are available at the counter inside (where you can watch the burger flippage), and there are only a few tables on the outside patio, so space is limited. Try the Mild Cardiac burger with Julio sauce (a spicy musturd mixture) and order the Julio fries. The patio is really quirky--filled with inflatable beer bottles, potted plants and a misting machine (for those hot Eagle Rock days). Order a bucket of beers, or try one of the few they have on tap. Friendly service and very, very local.
Super Sized Value – greatest burger I have had in a long time, great value lots of food for your buck! Nice folks running the place. Make sure to bring cash, and the owner said call to see if they were open family owned and operated, they sometimes close if the weather is bad.
The Best Burger ever – The Bucket has the best burger in the whole LA area.. thats why they were in the LA times.. and they were also in LA weekly magazine, and the Southwest Airline magazine.. for those who have something negative to say about the bucket they should know that it is not a fast food place.. they have the best burger and good beer.. come on who wouldnt want to eat a great old fashion burger with a pint of cold beer yummy!!
FABULOUS – This place is the best burger joint in town! To the idiot that put alittle bit of ketchup they are wrong these burgers have more than enough ketchup and mustard, and if you would like thousand or mayo try a Malibu or Cardiac it's in the menu. Back to the burgers they are bomb! I rather have my soda warm with a cup of ice then get watered down soda like the arches. At least I'm paying for the soda not the cup of ice.The food might take a while but service is great, these girls can only do so much, so while waiting for food there is entertainment, singing, dancing, joking, and more.The new owner Ivan and his staff Nani, Orly, Rome, Melissa and Marlene are fabulous just like the burgers themselves. So make it a day and head on over to the Bucket, don't forget to go hungry.
Off the hook – These burgers are off the hook, let me take you back to when they used to make the patties by hand, instead of those frozen ones. Its like an old fashion barbeque in the backward kind've burger the kind Dad used to make. Its unforgetable you keep coming back for more, fries are hand cut, the sauce is slammin, they got this outside patio its nice and shady. These burgers don't play,they make you want to sock someone, peace!
Bucket Burger, YUM! – Due to a recent review in the L.A. Times Food section, it has been insanely packed!, but they have great friendly service, Family operated. Yes there is a long wait, but once you taste your burger, you'll discover that it was well worth the wait! I guarentee that you'll want to go back! Try the Julio Fries or the Julio Shrimp as an appetizer while you wait. Only down side is they close at 7 p.m. daily and are closed on Sundays.
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