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The Apple Pan - It's a Tourist Trap

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After Living in L.A. all my life, I finally tried The Apple Pan for the first (and last) time. Their burger for $6.75 is almost "exactly" of the same quality as In-N-Out's for $1.65. The only real difference was that The Apple Pan's had 2 to 3 times the Iceberg lettuce as filler! (*)

On a cost-per-value basis, there are 100's (1,000's ?) or better L.A. Burgers out there.



(*) Who knows, In-N-Out may give you all that extra lettuce for free.

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  1. i get it meat cheese and bun - thats it and its fantastic. Its a rip off but thats LA for ya. Pie N Burger and Apple Pan love there iceberg lettuce, I sure as hell dont. As far as In N Out goes, its cheaper, but the meat is dry as hell.

    1. The burgers and apple pie are meh, but goddman it, Apple Pan has the best banana cream pie I've ever had.

      1. Apple Pan and Pie and Burger are the two most overrated burgers in the L.A. area. Plus they are very expensive for what you get.. I never understood why they are so popular but then to each their own. I love Tito's Tacos but there's plenty of people who say those are overrated also (except the price is much more reasonable so you don't feel so ripped off).

        1. It makes no sense to call TAP a tourist trap since it has a huge local following that is both zealous in its devotion to the burgers, and who have been consuming them here on a regular basis for 20 + years.

          1. The burger patties at Apple Pan are considerably larger than In-n-Out, and the meat itself is far superior. It is expensive for a burger, but a tourist trap it isn't, considering that most AP patrons have probably been there dozens if not hundreds of times before.

            1. Personally, I love the burgers. And for me, it's the cocoanut cream pie that makes it worth the trip. Wow. That pie is incredible.

              1. the burger may not be the best - but the banana cream pie is absolutely to die for!

                the real issue is that it was basically the first building constructed on the westside of los angeles from around 1940. if you look back at historical pictures - it's all farmland except for the apple pan and ucla. it's amazing that they have been able to maintain a client base and survive the real estate buyouts that have occurred over and over in the past century. it's a piece of living history and something that should be cherished even if the burger isn't the best thing ever.

                maybe you'd like a mcdonald's instead?

                1. Nothing wrong with TAP's burger, but nothing that fantastic either, except for nostalgia, I suspect. The character of the building is great . . . it's real.

                  1. I disagree. The burgers at Apple Pan are great. The texture and taste of the meat are what do it.

                    Now the apple pie there - that's another story. Way overpriced and not that good. I'd rather have Ms. Smith's apple pie from the freezer at Vons.

                    1. Sadly, I have to give my vote to the haters here. And it's not even about the money. I'll gladly fork over my hard-earned cash if I think the product's worth it. Nothing I've ever eaten from the Apple Pan has been worth it. The burger is slightly below average, the fries are pathetic, and the tuna sandwich is flat-out disgusting. Add to that the ridiculous wait and surly customer service, and the place is a joke. I know it's a bit of an institution, even a historic landmark, and that's great for nostalgia's sake. But this website's supposed to be about the food, and the Apple Pan is not.

                      1. I could have sworn that there was [yet] another Apple Pan debate just last month, but I guess it's been eight months already.


                        Like many, many other LA classics, the continued love affair with the Apple Pan is with the institution, not necessarily the food.

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                        1. re: stochasticgirl

                          Yes, and nothing wrong with that. Does not mean the food is great, but the food not being great does not invalidate the institution/nostalgia/cultural touchstone. No hate.