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Dino's Burgers

allisonteal Feb 5, 2007 08:32 AM

I am going to be near downtown - Brewery Art Colony around lunch and heard about Dino's on Main St. Is this a good place to go or can you recommend something else??


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  1. Hershey Bomar RE: allisonteal Feb 5, 2007 09:40 AM

    Good maybe great but very very divey. Just get the chicken plate.

    1. Eat_Nopal RE: allisonteal Feb 5, 2007 09:45 AM

      Dino's at Main St & Griffin Ave? Its ghetto, not too divey, relatively clean. Has a cult following among blue collar workers, cops & a surprising amount of white collar workers (about 15 to 25% of clientel on weekdays).

      What to eat.... legendary Burgers (highly recommend a double cheesburger) & Chili Cheese Fries among a few others. No artisan ingredients here. But somehow the Greek Ghetto Burger Industry "mafia" creates remarkable food... that any true Chowhound would really appreciate.

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        sel RE: Eat_Nopal Feb 5, 2007 10:23 AM

        I've only had the chicken with the spicy, thin red sauce (I forget the name on the menu) at the Pico store a couple of times. After your description of their burgers at the Main St. store - I'm on my way!!!

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          tony michaels RE: sel Feb 5, 2007 10:32 AM

          chicken "maniaco" as far as I can recall

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            sel RE: tony michaels Feb 5, 2007 10:56 AM

            Yea, that's it!

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        silverlakebodhisattva RE: allisonteal Feb 5, 2007 10:32 AM

        I've never heard of this Dino's; I know the Pico one (lived almost around the corner from it for years) and know about the new one in Covina, or thereabouts, towards the east end of the County. Do we know if the downtown/industrial section store is connected in any way besides name? Or is this simply a smaller replication of the "Jim's Burgers" biz, which, as noted above and previously, consists of a whole BUNCH of guys, mostly originally Greek immigrants, (almost none of 'em named Jim) some of whom are, but most of whom aren't connected in any way?

        r gould-saltman

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          nosh RE: allisonteal Feb 5, 2007 11:03 AM

          I am not sure that the Main Street (north of downtown, sorta sideways of Chinatown) has the "crazy chicken" special that the Pico and Berendo Dino's is famous for. Please report back. By the way, while almost everyone at the Pico Dino's orders the chicken, they do a fine burger, carne asada, or pastrami.

          1. pleasurepalate RE: allisonteal Feb 5, 2007 11:20 AM

            I recently did a review of the chicken at the Azusa location, but I'm sure that chicken should be similar to the original location. See link below:


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              allisonteal RE: pleasurepalate Feb 5, 2007 11:30 AM

              Now I am worried that its not the same place?? Can anyone confirm for me that I can get the chicken plate, which looks amazing at the Dino's on Main??


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                Pitchman RE: allisonteal Feb 5, 2007 12:14 PM

                Yes you can. They also have Dino Jr's on N. Broadway, just west of Griffin Ave about 1 mile north of the Main st. location. The "chain" is named after the owner's son who used to work there when I was working in the neighborhood. Good people, very active in the community. They also help out at the Greek Festival at St. Sophias.

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                  TPantazis11 RE: Pitchman Dec 27, 2007 06:27 PM

                  Hi, this is the the owners daughter of the Dino's on Pico. Just read your posts! Dino's is named after my grandfather, not the owners son. The one on Main is completely separate than the one on Pico. My father created the recipe and then gave it to his brother....the owner of the one on Main. The one on Pico serves the same chicken as the one in Azusa and is operated by my father and my sisters. The one on Main is not associated with the Dinos in Azusa and on Pico, and serves a slightly different tasting chicken. I just wanted to clarify that because I know a lot of people are confused about it! I also just wanted to say thank you for all the nice posts! if you have any further comments, or concerns, you can write us at dinoscandb@yahoo.com. Thank you! =)

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                    sel RE: TPantazis11 Dec 27, 2007 10:33 PM

                    Thanks for the clarifying info!

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                      broncosaurus RE: TPantazis11 Dec 27, 2007 10:48 PM

                      Oh, we've been singing about this place on Chowhound for years. Is that you who can be seen at the cashier every once in a while, wearing a UNLV shirt?

                      Best food value in LA is to say the words "two chickens" at the order window.

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                        TPantazis11 RE: broncosaurus Dec 28, 2007 12:31 AM

                        It's probably me or one of my sisters! There are 4 of us, so chances are anytime you are at the Pico location or the one in Azusa, you will see one of us! 2 out of us 4 when to UNLV, thus explaining the UNLV apparel. Thank you to everyone for the years of support!!! =)

                  2. re: allisonteal
                    Briggs RE: allisonteal Feb 6, 2007 12:03 AM

                    It's been a couple of years, but I preferred the chicken at the Pico location. I found the Main St. version too hot (spicy) for my tastes. I was told that each of the two locations were/are owned by brothers, although I don't know if that is still true.

                2. slowrider RE: allisonteal Feb 5, 2007 01:13 PM

                  Barbara's at the Brewery, Lanza Bros. Sandwiches, Chano's or Tacos Chapalita are all nearby.

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                    Eat_Nopal RE: slowrider Feb 5, 2007 01:32 PM

                    I highly recommend Tacos la Chapalita... haven't tried the others... but Lanza Bros, can't believe they are still around! I think they are holdovers from the time when Lincoln Heights was an Italian neighborhood... I remember when the youngest member of the family operated the little store a block east of Dino's.... real cool guy.

                  2. JAB RE: allisonteal Feb 5, 2007 03:39 PM


                    1. JAB RE: allisonteal Feb 5, 2007 03:41 PM

                      What's the menu \ prices like at Barbara's at the Brewery. Where is Tacos la Chapalita located and what's their specialty?

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                        Eat_Nopal RE: JAB Feb 5, 2007 03:46 PM

                        Tacos la Chapalita.... Broadway (between Griffin & Johnston).... Carne Asada Torta

                      2. JAB RE: allisonteal Feb 5, 2007 03:44 PM

                        Lanza Bros is pretty good for a cold sandwich. In fact, I probably prefer them as far as cold sandwiches go over East Side Deli. The meats aren't top of the line but, the rolls are good and the ingrediants are generally very fresh.

                        1. Skunk2Racer RE: allisonteal Feb 6, 2007 04:30 PM

                          OK Getting Back to DINO'S I've tried Most of the Menu.....For Breakfast the Combos are Excellent Good CRISPY Hash Browns, good Greasy ham, bacon, or sausage with your choice of Eggs, The Machaca & Chorizo is Good also. The COMBO Breakfast Burrito is a GUT BUSTER filled with eggs, hash browns, beans, ham, bacon, sausage, cheese, and a Spicy salsa Eat it for breakfast you'll be full till dinner, The breakfast sandwichs are good also, Pastrami & eggs, polish sausage & Eggs are my favorites. For Lunch Try Either the Chicken or Steak plate, Also they have decent Pastrami sandwich, Or the Steak sandwich is Good also, their Burgers are Good also. I haven't tried the Tacos or Taquitos but they should be good or at least decent also..........This is making me hungry..... ENJOY!

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