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One of LA’s Best Burger Spots Expands to Little Tokyo Today

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Fairfax’s Golden State gets a second storefront

The Golden State, a burger restaurant, shown on a white square plate.
Golden State
Golden State [official photo]
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The Golden State burgers and beer expansion comes to Little Tokyo today. The nine-year-old anchor Fairfax spot begins serving lunch and dinner in Downtown, taking over the former Lazy Ox and Gingergrass space on San Pedro Street.

This new Golden State will carry much the same collection of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and sides that have made the Fairfax location a staple for nearly a decade. They’ll also carry lots of craft beer (including many taps that pour stuff from breweries nearby in Downtown) and small-producer wines, plus ice cream and floats for dessert. As for the space, the Little Tokyo cafe will double the footprint of the original, and features a large hand-built bar. There will be outdoor seating for more than two dozen people as well, once the weather warms up, says owners James Starr and Jason Bernstein.

Now the day has come for those burgers and beers to hit the immediate dining public of Little Tokyo. While this San Pedro Street outlet undoubtedly carries less foot traffic than the well-placed Fairfax location, fans should still flock for the comfort American fare and beers. Hours run daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. or later.

The Golden State Cafe. 241 San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA.

Inside the shop
Nick Starr
Signage out front
David Sorafine