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Apple Pan, Burger & fries $10

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Burger Boy Aug 17, 2007 08:52 AM

okay okay, $9.85, with tip it was $12. I liked it, but it was small and had to much lettuce and to much of the hickory sauce. I love 26 Beach, I think it is a 1/2 lb angus burger and it comes with fries or salad for $10, toppings are extra, but it is huge & they make their own buns and cut their own fries. I think I even like, I know I like Cassell's better than Apple Pan. Heck the Double Double combo at In & Out is under $6.50. What is everyone fascination with Apple Pan, is it nostalgia because you grew up on them?

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    chow726 Aug 18, 2007 02:23 PM

    It's good. It's fast. And it's close to the movies. I love the place.

    1. ipsedixit Aug 18, 2007 02:15 PM

      Agree about the hickory sauce. Sometimes it's so strong, it makes it feel like I'm eating beef jerky.

      1. Foodandwine Aug 18, 2007 07:55 AM

        Well Burger Boy, Here is a tip. Egg Salad on Rye Toast. Black olives on the side Crispy Fries and an Iced Coffee with those thimbals of Fresh Cream. This is my go to lunch at the Apple Pan. So stuffed never had the pies but from the posts here I jut may stop in for and Iced Coffee and a Slice of a Banana Cream Pie.. I just never got the excitement from the Burgers there but I would always go if someone wanted to, just for the above..

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          Diana Aug 18, 2007 09:29 AM

          Definitely try the banana cream!

          Haven't had good egg salad in yonks! I should try it there.

        2. therealbigtasty Aug 18, 2007 02:49 AM

          Thanks for the props for Cassell's. Great meat!

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            QualityMart Aug 18, 2007 01:24 AM

            The thing I like about Apple Pan is that it is a "fast food style" burger in terms of the thin patty and the overall size. It's just a certain genre of burger, and in that genre it kicks ass. (Yes it's a few bucks too expensive.)

            The tuna sandwich at the Apple Pan is godly.

            1. gaylenwaydelich Aug 17, 2007 09:52 PM

              It's a little nostalgia. It's good honest food. It's not super fou fou. It is what it is. If we all had the same taste buds and emotional connection to flavors, this site would not exist. Something about Gordon (Apple Pan) barking at you. He's the equivalent to the "soup nazi" for burgers. It's definitely comfort food for me. I can't get banana cream pie at In-N-Out, and I can't get fresh guacamole like La Parilla's at Tito's. But that doesn't preclude me from eating at In-N-Out or La Parilla. It's whatever I'm in the mood for. Ain't LA just the greatest gastro destination in the US if not the world?

              1. PaulF Aug 17, 2007 04:23 PM

                My fascination with the Apple Pan has waned as the prices have gone up.

                Tito's, at least, is still ridiculously cheap. It's almost impossible to eat $9.85 cents worth of Tito's by yourself in one sitting.

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                  mlgb Aug 17, 2007 05:29 PM

                  It's almost impossible to eat anything at all from Tito's as far as I'm concerned. :)

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                    barcelona Aug 17, 2007 05:45 PM

                    Apple Pan Rocks!!!! it has been a LA Tradition for so many years! I have been going there for over 20 years and love the food!!!

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                      Josh90004 Aug 18, 2007 12:07 AM

                      I had no idea Tito's has a spicy salsa until last night. I went for my twice yearly guilty pleasure and the lady in front of me asked for the jalapeno sauce. so i did the same and that's what it was - tons of chopped up jalapenos and a few carrots. nice and hot.

                  2. E Eto Aug 17, 2007 01:51 PM

                    http://www.chow.com/tour/2232

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                      malibumike Aug 17, 2007 12:43 PM

                      I love the hickory burger and the thick amount of lettuce seems to ballance out the grease but it is way - way overpriced.

                      1. Servorg Aug 17, 2007 09:19 AM

                        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/372510

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                          Diana Aug 17, 2007 09:16 AM

                          I haven't had a beef burger in a long time, so I can't comment. I prefer Billy's Grill's tuna burger, anyhow.
                          Apple pan fried were just so not special when I had them.

                          the apple pie is just not great. I have no clue why it is so famous.

                          the banana cream pie, though that's a revelation! Creamy, silky, bananas everywhere, ooey gooey goodness. Its a thing of beauty.

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                            kevin Aug 17, 2007 12:39 PM

                            oh, that's what i learned very early on, the apple pie there stink to high hell.

                            the cream pies are where it's at. and also the pecan pie with some of that whipped cream.

                            burgers are swell, not the greatest, but it's a neighborhood joint of sorts. prices are very high (which i've discussed before) and the fries are garbage too.;

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                            woofer Aug 17, 2007 09:07 AM

                            i agree. i think it's the whole schtick of the place, that they make everything just the way they did all those years ago. plus it's a landmark.

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                              mlgb Aug 17, 2007 09:02 AM

                              Yes, same reason there is a fascination with Tito's Tacos, only at least the food is edible at Apple Pan.

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                                Burger Boy Aug 17, 2007 10:10 AM

                                See, now I like Tito's, for what it is! Guess it is what you like, to each his own.

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