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Burger wars: Five Guys bests In-N-Out in Zagat ratings

August 17, 2010 | 12:59 pm

http://findlocal.latimes.com/images/content_items/4x3/214/ECE/DB7/in-n-out-burger-image-1.jpegBreaking news in the Southern California burger world!

Fast Food Maven reportsa shocker in Zagat's new fast-food restaurant ratings, where champ In-N-Out was beaten out by newcomer (to the L.A. area) Five Guys. Nancy Luna reports that Five Guys came out of nowhere: "The biggest shocker of the 2010 results comes in the “best burger” category, where Five Guys Burgers & Fries ousted In-N-Out Burger. The timing of the results come as many local burger fans proclaim Five Guys as a worthy rival to In-N-Out."

Another transit milestone: The Green Line -- known by critics as the light-rail line that goes from "nowhere to nowhere," turns 15. The line, which runs from Norwalk to just shy of LAX, gets examined by Metrorider.

Crackdown: The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live is getting tough on scalpers, according to L.A. Observed.

Will we miss the billboard: Mark Lacter, always a smart analyst of L.A. economics and business, takes a look at American Apparel's financial problems. 

Towing woes:San Bernardino debates controversial towing plan (LA Weekly).

Little Tokyo: The Japanese Village Plaza is back, reports blogdowntown.  "A roof replacement project kicked off the renovations back in 2008, which also saw the installation of new signage, trees, improved lighting, giant umbrellas to provide shade and abundant seating throughout the popular tourist destination. In a nod to the improving pedestrian environment downtown, a new retail space is available for lease on the plaza's formerly neglected northeast corner at First Street and Central Avenue."

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