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BobbyC

Lake Elsinore, CA

#1 May 27, 2010
When I was growing up in La Habra there was a drive thru on Whittier Blvd. across from La Habra High School. The name was “The Burger Q”. Does anyone remember this place? More importantly, does anyone know how to contact the people who owned the restaurant?
Sandy S

Marquez, TX

#2 Jun 3, 2010
I graduated from LHHS in '66. Burger Q had the BEST burgers I've ever eaten in my life! Wish I could get the recipe for their sauce. I was told many years ago that the owners closed the place and never shared their "secret sauce" recipe. If anyone knows anything about it, I'd surely appreciate the information.
Sedagive

Laguna Niguel, CA

#3 Jul 3, 2010
I worked at the Burger Q in 1967, when I was a junior at La Habra High School. The burgers were great. The owner, Jim (I don't remember his last name) would grind the beef fresh every day. I understand there is a Burger Q in West Covina still.
Aquaman

Rosarito, Mexico

#4 Aug 15, 2010
Sedagive wrote:
I worked at the Burger Q in 1967, when I was a junior at La Habra High School. The burgers were great. The owner, Jim (I don't remember his last name) would grind the beef fresh every day. I understand there is a Burger Q in West Covina still.
when i was five or six, in Pomona, we would sometimes go to the Burger Q on Valley Boulevard. It reminded me a lot of In-N-Out. It's long been torn down though.
calicopony

Katy, TX

#5 Nov 16, 2010
There was a Q burger on Mountain Ave. in Ontario. The best Q-dogs ever........I still make my version of them to this day. OMG that was 40 plus years ago.
MarcysWorld

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Nov 19, 2010
My Boyfriend worked at Burger Q and I used to ride my bike into the drive-thru...
Anyone remember those curly fries? IMMORTAL!
Ray

Vancouver, WA

#7 Nov 26, 2010
I grew up in La Habra in the 60's and '70's and I remember the Burger Q very well. I think they were one of the first places in the area with a drive thru. The Burger Q dated back to the '50's and was one of two burger places on Whittier Blvd (the other one being A&W). After they closed the place in La Habra the owners moved to Big Bear Lake and opened a Burger Q on Big Bear Blvd just east of the city. It was right across the street from a motel that my dad owned. I believe that was early '80. We thought it was such a coincidence that they 'followed' us up to Big Bear. It was there for a few years before it too closed down. As I recall the owners were getting elderly at that time. I don't know what happened to them after that. I'm afraid that the receipe for that delicious sauce may have been lost forever.
John V

Mishawaka, IN

#8 Jan 1, 2011
calicopony wrote:
There was a Q burger on Mountain Ave. in Ontario. The best Q-dogs ever........I still make my version of them to this day. OMG that was 40 plus years ago.
I would ride my bike down to the Burger Q and get the Q-Dog with the sauce! I still make my hot dogs the same way too! I am glad I am not alone!
Burger-rama

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Feb 24, 2011
There was another Burger Q on Bradford Avenue in Placentia (Orange Co., Calif.). We'd ditch high school and hang out there for lunch. Yum! Q-Dogs!!
Linda

Chino, CA

#10 Mar 19, 2011
The Burger Q was around when I was in High School. 1958 to 1961.
My family would go on Fridays nights. A boy in my class I do not remember his name married the girl who parents owned the place.
when I went to the drive thru, they always new what I wanted. The best ever!
Best in La Habra. It was right across the street from La Habra High.
wally

United States

#11 Jul 13, 2011
The Burger Q had the best tasting burgers. There was a special bbq, liquid smoke that was squirted on the meat and cooked over a charbroiler. Carl's has only a slight hint of that charbroiled flavor. I remember one of my classmates who worked at the West Covina & La Habra stores told me the owner/manager had some sort of addiction problem and was not into expandingor making $(he had a great receipe that he would not share with anybody.Too bad as he could've made millions.)
George

Riverside, CA

#12 Feb 13, 2012
The specific method of cooking the dogs was to slice them almost all the way through about 1/3 of the way across and then again 1/3 of the way through on the the opposite edge so they would open up and lay flat on the grill. They would curl up a bit and grill so nicely. Then served on a hamburger bun like a burger with lettuce, tomato, onion and their special sauce! Still do this at home to this day. Is this how you all remember them? Their shakes were to DIE for too!
MartinC

San Diego, CA

#13 Feb 14, 2012
I grew up in East Whittier from 57 to 67, then moved Uptown Whittier, near the business district from 67-71. I remember my parents driving to the Q many times. There was also a fish restaurant nearby, with front yard decor of thick ship rope, pier poles, shells and sand. The food was great and prices modest.
Thanks for the memories, Burger Q.
Carolyn Armor Martinez

Lynwood, CA

#14 Mar 1, 2012
BobbyC wrote:
When I was growing up in La Habra there was a drive thru on Whittier Blvd. across from La Habra High School. The name was “The Burger Q”. Does anyone remember this place? More importantly, does anyone know how to contact the people who owned the restaurant?
My parents built the Burger Q drive in ..in 1949...My name is Carolyn Martinez...you can reach me at [email protected]
Carolyn Armor Martinez

Lynwood, CA

#15 Mar 1, 2012
Burger-rama wrote:
There was another Burger Q on Bradford Avenue in Placentia (Orange Co., Calif.). We'd ditch high school and hang out there for lunch. Yum! Q-Dogs!!
My parents built 5 Burger Q's from 1949 to 1975..Yes the one on bradford was one of them
Carolyn Armor Martinez

Lynwood, CA

#16 Mar 1, 2012
Linda wrote:
The Burger Q was around when I was in High School. 1958 to 1961.
My family would go on Fridays nights. A boy in my class I do not remember his name married the girl who parents owned the place.
when I went to the drive thru, they always new what I wanted. The best ever!
Best in La Habra. It was right across the street from La Habra High.
The Boys name was Jimmie Calahan..My name is Carolyn calahan Martinez..My parents built the Burger Q in 1949..I am working on the 50th reunion of my class 1963 LHHS.
Carolyn Armor Martinez

Lynwood, CA

#17 Mar 1, 2012
wally wrote:
The Burger Q had the best tasting burgers. There was a special bbq, liquid smoke that was squirted on the meat and cooked over a charbroiler. Carl's has only a slight hint of that charbroiled flavor. I remember one of my classmates who worked at the West Covina & La Habra stores told me the owner/manager had some sort of addiction problem and was not into expandingor making $(he had a great receipe that he would not share with anybody.Too bad as he could've made millions.)
Thanks, Wally..my father bulit the Burger Q in 1949..and yes I have the orginal receipe of the Q sauce.
Carolyn Armor Martinez

Lynwood, CA

#18 Mar 1, 2012
George wrote:
The specific method of cooking the dogs was to slice them almost all the way through about 1/3 of the way across and then again 1/3 of the way through on the the opposite edge so they would open up and lay flat on the grill. They would curl up a bit and grill so nicely. Then served on a hamburger bun like a burger with lettuce, tomato, onion and their special sauce! Still do this at home to this day. Is this how you all remember them? Their shakes were to DIE for too!
The hot dogs were cut in a butter fly cut you were correct ..did you work there..My parents built the BurgerQ in 1949..My name is Carolyn Martinez the owners were the Armor's...
Carolyn Armor Martinez

Lynwood, CA

#19 Mar 1, 2012
If anyone wants to ask me questions regarding the Burger Q you can reach me at [email protected]
Carolyn Armor Martinez

Lynwood, CA

#20 Mar 2, 2012
Ray wrote:
I grew up in La Habra in the 60's and '70's and I remember the Burger Q very well. I think they were one of the first places in the area with a drive thru. The Burger Q dated back to the '50's and was one of two burger places on Whittier Blvd (the other one being A&W). After they closed the place in La Habra the owners moved to Big Bear Lake and opened a Burger Q on Big Bear Blvd just east of the city. It was right across the street from a motel that my dad owned. I believe that was early '80. We thought it was such a coincidence that they 'followed' us up to Big Bear. It was there for a few years before it too closed down. As I recall the owners were getting elderly at that time. I don't know what happened to them after that. I'm afraid that the receipe for that delicious sauce may have been lost forever.
No Ray, I have the receipe..I am the Daughter of the original owners.

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