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I had seen a write up on the Unocal Speedway(?) mini mart at the corner of Pico and Barrington in the LA Times. Tried it today for two sandwiches to go. One chicken breast and one burger. Both terrific. The roll is kind of a cross between a hamburger bun and a sourdough roll, firm without being too hard. The chicken had some bitter greens, grilled onions and red peppers. The hamburger was similarly dressed. Ordered the burger medium rare, perfectly cooked, excellent, juicy and tasteful ground beef. As good a burger has I have had on the westside. The potato salad that I ordered with the chicken breast was like very good homemade with red potatoes with the skin on. Tried the french fries with the burger. They were nice and hot, but I would get the potato salad with the burger next time. Now, there were people actually sitting inside and eating at a couple of very small tables, but unless your idea of ambience is typical gas station mini mart chic, I recommend you get it to go. Each sandwich was about $6. But worth the price IMO.

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  1. This sounds like a joke post.

    But I believe you. I live very near there. I will try and report back to the group.

    Unocal? Wow.

    "There's this ARCO by where I live, they serve the most phenomenal..." Hard to believe.

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    1. re: b brooks

      I'm not clever enough to come up with something like this as a hoax, although I would probably have the same reaction you did if I hadn't been there. Actually I commute to my office by bicycle and when I rode by this morning I looked at their sign more closely and it says "Auto Grill" in the window. Also, as I mentioned I saw this written up in the LA Times a few weeks ago. I'll be interested to know what you think.

      1. re: Mike Kilgore

        Went back to the LA Times and found the write up titled "Gasoline Cuisine" on Sunday, June 10 by Amelia Saltsman. This place was started by Colin Trauberman, who had been with Hymies Fish Market and I Cugini. Colin got together with the two owners of the site and opened a little lunch counter that does chicken breast, grilled salmon, and burgers on buns by Buona Forchetta Handmade Breads, along with things like linguine with zucchini, sauteed shrimp and buttery bread crumbs; salade Nicoise with seared tuna loin, Blue Lake geen beans with balsamic vianigrette, etc.

        1. re: Mike Kilgore

          Indeed! I'm so intrigued... Based on the more extensive list you mentioned, it sounds like I'll have a hard time picking! I'll probably start with the two sandwiches you mentioned initially.

            1. re: kevin

              Kevin, do you realize this post is from 12 years ago?