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The Golden State boys talk burgers and beer

August 16, 2010 |  4:48 pm

Brand X is launching a new Q & A series called "X Questions." This week's installment finds Brand X blogger David Greenwald chatting up Golden State owners Jason Bernstein and James Starr over burgers and beer, about burgers and beer. It's a delicious interview filled with interesting details about the future of the restaurant and what the public wants from the perfect burger. Check out the excerpt below, and click here to read the full interview.

BX: What about expanding? Have you thought about a second location?

JB: Yeah. I don’t know if I’d want to impose the Golden State if we went somewhere else. I would want to see what that area needed. I think Sang [Yoon] did a really good job with that with the Culver City Father’s Office. He had a larger space and acknowledged that he could do more there. If we open Golden State 1.5 somewhere else, we could take it and make it even smaller. But I like the idea of fitting something to a space.

BX: Father’s Office is very strict on the burgers. Have you had any weird, off-the-menu requests?

JB: Every well-done burger that gets made here takes a piece of my soul.

JS: Well-done, no bun, extra lettuce. Those sorts of things.

JB: We did get well-done patty only and a side of potato salad [order] the other day. When it came out, there was no way to dress this up to make it look like I want to eat it. The woman seemed happy, but there was no way to plate that.

The Golden State, 426 N. Fairfax Blvd., L.A. (323) 782-8331; www.thegoldenstatecafe.com

--Jessica Gelt

Photo: The Golden State's cheeseburger and fries. Credit: David Greenwald / Brand X