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Pie & Burger - UH OH!

Hey fellow hounders,

I recently experienced Pie N Burger based on some favorable posts on this board. I have to say my expectations were high but i was thoroughly disappointed.

First of all they didn't take reservations which is really annoying considering the fact that it is so popular and I was coming in from Fountain Valley. When I got there with my date our jaws hit the floor - IT WAS A DINER! Now when I think of "best burger in LA" I'm thinking of something a little bit nicer than
Denny's. But I was there for the burger.

The ladies who took my order was straight out of Alice, a little sassy, which I like but a little spacey, which I don't. At one point she asked if we wanted small glasses or big glasses for our wine that we had brought in. Hello? Big glasses? Small glasses?
How about some wine glasses. Ridiculous.

Now on to the burger. The bun and patty were good, but three inches thick of lettuce could ruin almost anything. And I don't think you call a burger the "best in town" and not have it cooked to order. The waitress said it was only done one way but that's just too fast foody to me.

All in all it was a relatively inexpensive experience but this kind of fare warrants Fatburger/In N Out prices but, alas, it does not. I'm sure I will here some strong arguments on this board in regards to this review but anything with 1,000 island drenched on it is trying hide something - that the burger can't stand on its own. It was fine food for my three year old niece but not a grown ups appetite.

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  1. pie'n'burger, like apple pan, is probably one of those things you either get or you don't. i, quite frankly, never have. i think people want to believe they're getting a "real experience," when what they're getting is just lazy cooking and haphazard service. if you want a real top-notch "diner" experience, come down to Long Beach and visit jongewaard's bake'n'broil. great burgers, shakes mixed to order (in summer, try the olallieberry) and all homemade desserts.

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    1. re: FED

      Frankly, I love Apple Pan and I don't understand Pie & Burger at all. I went there once, and it was expensive and uninteresting. The burger tasted like a million others I've had, the fries were limp, and the cheese sandwich was uninspired. Compare Apple Pan, where I think everything is perfect.

      1. re: FED

        The thing about Pie n' Burger is mostly that it's a Pasadena icon that has basically not changed since it opened it's doors. I personally like the burgers, but most everything else there is poor in my opinion. Going there is like going back in time.

        I don't know about anyone else, but I found the original post hilarious. They brought wine to Pie & Bburger...LOL Sorry but that is too funny. That's a little like bringing a fine pinot noir to KFC...

        Obviously I don't intend to belittle the OP, But I found that post VERY amusing...

        1. re: spankbot

          i thought it was funny also. just random. and to not have reservations, even tho they mentioned it was like a diner? yeah......reservations...

      2. I agree, Pie & Burger is overhyped. Bake & Broil is the real deal, great burgers and fantastic pies. The apricot pie and banana cream are phenomenal.

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        1. I think the problem here is pretty obvious. Your expectations for the place were totally out of whack. Trying to make reservations, driving 40 miles, bringing a bottle of wine along... Pie N' Burger isn't Cut.

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          1. re: mehfactor

            Totally agreed. I can't imagine what would make anybody think they need a reservation at Pie and Burger...Next she'll think the same about Pinks for goodness sake.
            There's a reason places like Pie and Burger, Pinks, Tommy's etc. last for generations. People adore them. Simple as that.

            1. Count me as a Pie n Burger fan. I live in the area, so I didn't have the frustration of driving far, for something unexpected. I like the burgers, but truly, love their fresh fruit pies, with whipped cream.

              1. Hmm, bringing a bottle of wine to PnB?