Jun 2018

HiHo Cheeseburger – Santa Monica

HiHo Cheeseburger - Santa Monica

One of my favorite challenges as a parent is to integrate my three-and-half-year-old’s needs and wants with my personal needs and wants, wherever and whenever possible.

This past weekend, June desired beachside fun and sun, while I craved a really good burger, so we headed to Santa Monica, where all could be found in abundance.

HiHo Cheeseburger - Santa Monica

After spending the morning at the original Muscle Beach and then at Pacific Park, lunch was in order at HiHo Cheeseburger.  Opened last summer by a few folks also behind Sugarfish, HiHo serves grass-fed Wagyu beef cheeseburgers that have been garnering the heartiest of raves. Needless to say, expectations were primed sky-high.

HiHo Cheeseburger - Santa Monica

The Astronomer and I both ordered the Double HiHo Cheeseburger made with 1/3 pound of  house-ground, mustard-grilled beef ($6.95). The fixings included American cheese, ketchup, onion jam, lettuce, and house-made pickles, all on a house-baked bun.

HiHo Cheeseburger - Santa Monica

My first bite was so good that I immediately forgot how terrible traffic was driving from Altadena to Santa Monica on a Saturday morning. My second bite was so good that I forgot how difficult it was to find parking in the area. My third bite was so good that I forgot how much I forked over for the previously mentioned difficult parking.

By the time I polished off my double-decker cheeseburger, any and all ill will that snowballed from earlier in the day was melted into sublime burger bliss. Mmm…

HiHo Cheeseburger - Santa Monica

The hand-cut fries ($4), golden, crisp, and lightly salted, were a fantastic accompaniment. Just a swipe of Heinz and we were good to go.

HiHo Cheeseburger - Santa Monica

To finish, a chilled slice of house-made Key lime pie ($5). From the crumbly graham crust to the perfectly balanced filling, this slice o’ pie was terrific.

I’d make the trek to HiHo again in a heartbeat.

HiHo Cheeseburger
1320 2nd Street B
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-469-7250

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3 thoughts on “HiHo Cheeseburger – Santa Monica

  1. Cathy,

    I love your thoughts on HiHo! I grew up in Arcadia, now live on the West Side and have never really found a burger that satisfies on every level as Pie N Burger – until HiHo.

    Maybe it’s just a visceral response, but HiHo is an extremely good burger!

  2. Astronomy and gastronomy complement each other: astronomers need to eat well to have the energy to observe the stars…

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