Sometimes it's just easier to leave it to the professionals. In addition to all the salads, sandwiches and baked goods you can pick up for Fourth of July parties, Tavern
has barbecue-ready burgers on the menu. The beef, pork, or organic turkey burgers come uncooked with a house-baked bun, and you can add toppings like bacon, various cheeses, and lettuce, tomato and avocado. The burgers are $7 apiece, and toppings are $1.50; or you can get a six-burger platter for $59. Order by Monday to pick up on Wednesday (11648 W. San Vicente Blvd.; 310-806-6464).
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