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Layne Murphy Apr 18, 2007 11:50 AM

This place is run with military precision although slightly more warmth. Food appears in seconds and I have never gotten anything different than exactly what I ordered. It is a homely restaurant with sort of a comforting Edward Hopper Zeitgeist. The burgers are big and sloppy, and definitely taste of charred meat. The fries and onion rings are as close to perfection as I’ve found. We ordered fries well done. The three of us were unable to make a dent in the hearty portion and Grandma insisted that I take the leftovers home so my kids could have cold fries and rings in their lunch boxes on this first day back to school after a long vacation. I’ll count ketchup as a vegetable. The cross section of burger on my blog is an avocado burger with grilled onions and cheddar cheese.
Lucky Boy Drive-in Restaurant
640 S Arroyo Pkwy Pasadena, CA 91105-3233
626-793-0120
More photos from the Lucky Boy and lots of food writing is available at
http://manifeasto.blogspot.com/

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  1. WildSwede RE: Layne Murphy Apr 18, 2007 12:32 PM

    Try the breakfast burritos - so much bacon/sausage, whatever that you think they put in an entire package!! I also like their chili cheese fries (cooked well done, of course) and their chili dogs. YUM!!

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      haydn1796 RE: WildSwede Apr 18, 2007 02:01 PM

      How about the breakfast burrito with some sort of polish-type sausage at Wonder Burger? On Foothill between Altadena and San Gabriel, very near La Estrella. I think it is the grease from the sausage that makes me salivate whenever I drive by this place.

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        WildSwede RE: haydn1796 Apr 18, 2007 03:56 PM

        I have definitely had the breakfast burrito at WB! That and Lucky Boy are my faves. Unfortunately, I am a bacon freak, so that is the only one I get. I love WBs salsa. Wow, have not been there in a long time! Will have to try the sausage one. Thanks!

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          Will Owen RE: WildSwede Apr 19, 2007 09:32 AM

          When I was doing deliveries for Flower Man the owner and his wife both recommended WB's breakfast burrito, so I swung through and ordered a chili-and-cheese one. After a fairly long wait I was handed - with BOTH hands! - a rolled-up thing the size of my thigh with a good bowl's worth of chili in it, plus eggs and potatoes and godnose what else. This was definitely not driving food! So I drove the two or three blocks back to the shop and ate it there, telling the boss this was all his fault and the flower deliveries would just have to wait. And yes, it was wonderfully good.

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            WildSwede RE: Will Owen Apr 19, 2007 09:46 AM

            I remember, I HAD gotten the chili one since I am a chili FREAK! Yeah, those burritos will fill you up for most of the day! But it is nice that they wrap them so tightly that nothing falls out and it does not fall apart.

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        bigtums RE: WildSwede Apr 23, 2007 02:28 PM

        I actually like the breakfast burritos at Penny's on the corner of Figueroa and York. I guess that's technically Highland Park.

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        aurora50 RE: Layne Murphy Apr 18, 2007 12:41 PM

        That looks great!!
        How do you get to the Farm Store Kellogg Ranch, and what are their hours?

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          greengelato RE: Layne Murphy Apr 18, 2007 01:16 PM

          i knew this place was a winner when they gave styrofoam cups as ketchup/ranch dip cups instead of the typical miniscule paper cup.

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            Griller141 RE: Layne Murphy Apr 18, 2007 08:18 PM

            Actually, the legendary breakfast burrito is the best food of its kind in LA. This cuisine is about excess. There's too much of everything in the concoction. More bacon (or sausage if you ask for it instead) than you could ever eat, along with eggs, potatoes, peppers, etc. Bacon ordered on the side will supply your needs for the next week. The meatless version has too many potatoes, but if you're a vegetarian you should probably stay away anyway. An institution for those adventurers who aren't into following the Taco Trucks around town. A mecca for teenage boys with limitless ability to burn calories. One of my sons runs a cottage industry of taking advantage of his driver's license and senior privileges to take orders from his entire high school for burritos for lunch.

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              Andrew Gore RE: Griller141 Apr 18, 2007 09:02 PM

              I ate there for the first time a few months back as I heard here on CH that Lucky Boy had the best BLT in all L.A. And I love a good BLT. And it is GREAT. The damn thing actually has TOO MUCH bacon. How often have you run across that in your life? Keep meaning to go back and try more stuff there, but it's a little out of my way. (Long walk from the Gold Line, but do-able.)
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/31704...

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                TastELA RE: Andrew Gore Apr 18, 2007 09:06 PM

                I got a bacon burger once and I swear there was a pound of bacon topping that burger!

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                  Will Owen RE: Andrew Gore Apr 19, 2007 09:35 AM

                  "Long walk from the Gold Line"? Isn't Lucky Boy just a block or two from the Fillmore station? That's the place across from the original Trader Joe's, right?

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                    WildSwede RE: Will Owen Apr 19, 2007 09:46 AM

                    Yes, Fillmore is about 2 blocks south.

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                      Spiff RE: Will Owen Apr 19, 2007 01:59 PM

                      Yep...actually close to the metro station.

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                  alliebear RE: Layne Murphy Apr 19, 2007 03:19 PM

                  I drive past this place every day and haven't tried it yet. I'll have to make sure to check it out.

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                    alliebear RE: alliebear Apr 22, 2007 08:39 PM

                    Made it to Luck Boy's twice this week. I tried the chili cheese fries and a breakfast burrito. The chili cheese fries are some of the best I've had. The fries were cooked just enough for my taste, they used shredded cheese which melted really well with the chili. The chili was more mild than I like, but overall I was very pleased.

                    The breakfast burrito with sausage was very big and kept me full way past lunchtime. So thanks for the recommendation, everyone.

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                      WildSwede RE: alliebear Apr 23, 2007 09:31 AM

                      The chili is pretty mild, and since I prefer spicy, spicy, what I do is get some of those hot peppers that they offer (and the juice) and take a bite out of one every once in a while and squeeze the juice on top of the chili cheese fries. This makes for one very tasty meal!! ;-)

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                        Griller141 RE: alliebear Apr 23, 2007 08:55 PM

                        Take my advice and never let the chili cheese fries cool too much before eating them. It becomes a disgusting mess.

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                          WildSwede RE: Griller141 Apr 24, 2007 08:37 AM

                          Very true! usually, I can't finish them anyway!

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                      alfredo212 RE: Layne Murphy Apr 24, 2007 05:09 PM

                      I was there for the first time today for lunch with a few friends. I had the pastrami and we shared some fried zuccinni and french fries. The food was prepared rather quickly. The pastrami was very good. The cut of the meat is a little thicker than a pastami from The Hat, but the price and portion was very similar and had a very good taste to it. Pastrami was very lean too, served with mustard and pickels. The order of zuccinni was more than generous, there was 3 of us and we still had plenty leftover. French fries were also very good. Im looking foward to going back to try the breakfast burrito and have that pastrami again. Good eats!

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                        ariel_prospero RE: Layne Murphy Mar 2, 2008 05:09 PM

                        First outing to Lucky Boy today. Oh boy, am I lucky that I survived - in a good sense.

                        I had the pastrami sandwich, which came daintily wrapped up. Once unfolded, I gasped at the sheer size of it. Very tasty it was, too; slightly more greasy than what I am used to, but very flavorful.

                        OH had to toss a coin to come to a decision whether to order the burrito or the cheeseburger. The cheeseburger it was, and not a small one either. Not small at all. Tasty, too.

                        So we will have to go back soon for the burrito.

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