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Wolfe Burgers ... or why a "heartburn-on-a-plate" is sometimes SO worth it

ipsedixit May 10, 2007 12:40 PM

Wolfe Burgers ( www.wolfeburgers.com ) in Pasadena has been posted on these boards before, so I won't go into the lurid details about their fabulous condiment bar or the great zucchini fries or their yummy chorizo breakfast burritos.

No, what's worth mentioning this time around is Wolfe Burger's "Lobo".

What's a Lobo, you ask?

No, they haven't gone exotic and started serving game meats. A "Lobo" at Wolfe Burger is a mischiveious creation of 2 beef tamales, topped with enough chili to drown a small suburb, and then garnished with handfuls of cheese, tomatoes, and green onions.

They call it a "Lobo" ... I call it a heartburn-on-a-plate.

This is good stuff ... good stuff in the way that a bag of Fritos Corn Chips drenched in chili is good stuff. Not gourmet, more like softball game and picnic food.

How did it taste? Well, the chili was a bit sweet and not as spicy as I would like, but the tamales (even hidden underneath all that gunk) was very good, albeit not great.

But you can't judge a dish like this on individual pieces. It has to be taken as a whole .. and, as one combo meal, it scores 5 out of 5 Mylantas in my book.


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    sel RE: ipsedixit May 10, 2007 12:54 PM

    I haven't been to W.B. since Josephine (owner) passed but with posts like your's I may have to head over there, I do miss 'The Big Bad Wolfe'!!!

    As far as the chili not being spicy enough, I would humbly suggest a touch of Tabasco and a large pile of yellow chilis followed by an extra Mylanta, side effects may include but are not limited to.........oops, that's off topic!

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      MaryT RE: sel May 10, 2007 03:43 PM

      Has anyone tried their pork chops? I got some at Nano (Pas location) last week, and they were very dry. They were better leftover fried in a little butter with a lot of fresh ground pepper. I'm looking for something better. I've also tried Cafe 322, tiny tiny dry chop.

    2. jword2001 RE: ipsedixit May 10, 2007 04:29 PM

      I used to stop at Tommy's http://www.originaltommys.com/ in Barstow ,everytime i got to socal area, and get a their version that was pretty close to what you described,along with a Tommy burger mmmmm Messylicous!, in N.M. we always called these wonderfully spicy treats,a Tamale pie, or a Deluxe Tamale...anyway you slice it good stuff,as for the heartburn...drink some milk before,and after,that should take care of the problem.....enjoy!

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        Bostonbob3 RE: jword2001 May 11, 2007 02:14 PM

        In college (LMU!), my roomy and I always hit the Rampart Tommy's after a night out punking it up.

        God I loved those big, messy burgers.

        Dodging the bullets, not so much. :)

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        mc michael RE: ipsedixit May 11, 2007 02:12 PM

        This post makes me smile.

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          katkoupai RE: mc michael May 11, 2007 02:13 PM

          Me too. :)

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            snooze button RE: katkoupai May 11, 2007 05:52 PM

            Me thrice. Maybe if I run 10 miles at the Rose Bowl tonight I'll be able to work off the chili... well, if I can't resist the temptation.

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          Booklegger451 RE: ipsedixit May 11, 2007 02:14 PM

          Oh, man... I used to go to Wolfe Burgers all the time as a kid. I Tried to find them on a recent trip back to Pasadena, but couldn't quite remember where they were. I
          ll definetly have to track them down next time... the URL for their site will, no doubt, help.

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            socal RE: ipsedixit May 11, 2007 04:01 PM

            I just had a chili dog from Wolfe the other day.

            As good as I remembered it. Huge dog, cut butterfly style, smothered in decently spicy chili topped with cheddar cheese and green onions, for a change.

            It's a meal and half. Still feeling it, but definitely worth it.

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              ipsedixit RE: socal May 11, 2007 04:31 PM

              Did you partake in the condiment bar?

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