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The top and bottom buns of an Apple Pan burger are crisped and slightly oily, crunchy at the edges, working toward a near-complete softness at the middle; the pickles are resilient dill chips; the sheaf of fresh iceberg lettuce provides a dozen-layered crispness at the core. The beef, generally cooked to a perfect, pink-centered medium, is juicy and full flavored; the cheese, half melted to a kind of sharp graininess, is good Tillamook Cheddar. And come dessert time, no matter how many waiting people may be crowded in behind you, no matter how hungrily they stare at your enormous slice of pie, the veteran countermen will always draw you another cup of coffee from the gas-fired urn and hand it over with a dram of fresh, heavy cream. My family has been regulars at least since Lew Alcindor played freshman ball.
Where the Chefs Eat is an ongoing series in which we ask a local chef to give us his or her favorite dining options. This week, we check in with Ernesto Uchimura, chef at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. A... More »
Where the Chefs Eat is an ongoing series in which we ask a local chef to give us his or her favorite dining options. This week we talk to Hinoki & The Bird and Comme Ca chef David Myers. Burgers, Jap... More »
There's nothing quite like a drop dead deadline to inspire you to contemplate all the things you always wanted to eat in this city before it was too late. And so, with the apocalypse scheduled for som... More »
It is what it is, and its great authentic grill burgers. Its kitsch, old fashion, crowded and pure. I adore it. I was taken there initially by my very lovely friends who I took to a Grateful Dead Concert. They had the munchies, and I had a contact high. This by no means takes away from its lusciousness..
No one is going to seat you. To avoid an altercation with the customers who know the rules, when you walk in, take stock of who is waiting for a seat at the counter - you are next after they all sit down (or can bypass them if your party is smaller than theirs when seats open up and they won't fit and give you the okay). The wait staff are "curt," but don't take it personally - just figure out what you want and order quickly. The menu is limited so it shouldn't be that hard (and you'll probably have time to peruse it while you wait for a seat) - I prefer the hickory burger because it has a hint of delicious smokey BBQ flavor. Don't be surprised when they pour your ketchup to dip your fries. If you aren't in the mood for a burger, the tuna sandwich also gets raves. Order banana cream pie for dessert. Bring cash. If you can't deal with all of that, just walk in and order to go at the register - but the "experience" is an LA tradition, and they serve some of the best burgers in town.
A good piece of pie often will remind you of your childhood or, at the very least, give you a glimpse into a childhood you wish you'd had. Apple pie tends to get a lot of credit in this arena, and despite an old, popular saying, blueberry pie may actually be the most American. But when it's all said and done, a properly made banana cream pie might be the most deeply comforting of them all. Los Angeles has many different versions, and they're available year-round. But as much as we enjoy a... More »
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