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FatTooth Jun 14, 2008 12:13 PM

help me...i'm having a craving. if there's one worth eating in the south bay, that would be great. otherwise, i don't mind the drive at all.

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    bulavinaka RE: FatTooth Jun 14, 2008 02:53 PM

    Pann's has a standout patty melt - get the wings as well...

    1. Emme RE: FatTooth Jun 14, 2008 08:19 PM

      try Nichol's in Marina del Rey
      26 Beach in Venice
      if you're ever in Pasadena, apparently Topz does a good one

      1. Das Ubergeek RE: FatTooth Jun 14, 2008 08:24 PM

        So here's the thing.

        I don't want the gigantic double-patty weird thing that most people serve as a patty melt -- so the gold standard to me is actually at Hot Wings Cafe in Glendale and WeHo.

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          Will Owen RE: Das Ubergeek Jun 21, 2008 11:34 AM

          I've never seen a two-patty PM, Ubergeek. I have to assume that's how a chain joint manages to produce a half-pounder, since they're stuck with those crappy quarter-pound preformed patties...and I don't ever get burgers of any sort at those places anymore.

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          PayOrPlay RE: FatTooth Jun 14, 2008 10:16 PM

          I don't know about "truly amazing," but I very much like the patty melt at the Rancho Park Golf Course restaurant (Pico & Patricia in West LA)--simply done with good cheese and meat and decent rye bread grilled to a crunch.

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            banquisha RE: PayOrPlay Jun 21, 2008 09:19 AM

            i thought they had sourdough and other kinds of bread too?

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            condiment RE: FatTooth Jun 14, 2008 10:42 PM

            As in all things hamburger-related, Pie n' Burger is the correct answer. A luscious patty melt.

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              Condiment Queen RE: condiment Jun 14, 2008 11:01 PM

              Are we related?
              Pie n' Burger is the correct answer!

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                Will Owen RE: Condiment Queen Jun 20, 2008 04:42 PM

                So did I in fact hit them on a bad day? I'm not going to rewrite the story - it's on the Patty Melt Smackdown thread - but I was disappointed almost to the point of tears in the one they fed me.

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                  maxzook RE: Will Owen Jun 20, 2008 04:53 PM

                  See my comment downthread re: Sitton's, a classic old-school no-frills melt:

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/52906...

                  --Max, who has never figured out why people drool over Pie 'n Burger

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                    Will Owen RE: maxzook Jun 20, 2008 05:06 PM

                    Well, I have in fact had edible food at Sitton's, a place which regularly gets shredded here - one of the nicest plates of liver'n onions ever, for one thing - so I'm certainly up for trying their PM.
                    - Will, who usually does drool over Pie'n'Burger

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                    condiment RE: Will Owen Jun 21, 2008 09:20 AM

                    Crisp on the outside, gooey on the inside, epochal grilled onions - PnB's patty melt has it all. Except for the all important spark of acidity, which is why you will want to dab just the smallest bit of ketchup on the corner of the sandwich every once in a while.

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                      Will Owen RE: condiment Jun 21, 2008 11:29 AM

                      Alas, mine was not like that at all. Quite the opposite in almost every respect, which confirms my suspicion that it WAS a fluke, and I should try them again. Either that, or call both you and J. Gold liars, which I'm not prepared to do...

                      As for the acidity, mustard does that for me, thanks. And yes, they all do need some, and the richer they are the more they need it. Good point.

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                  khh1138 RE: condiment Jun 15, 2008 12:16 PM

                  I am in absolute agreement. And it comes with a scoop of their delectable potato salad with the essential flat pickle chip.
                  (I also like the patty melt at the JPL cafeteria.)

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                    kevin RE: khh1138 Jun 16, 2008 05:07 PM

                    do you mean Jet Propulsion Laboratory? do you have to an employee to get into the JPL cafeteria?

                3. maxzook RE: FatTooth Jun 15, 2008 11:18 AM

                  For a classic textbook patty melt (one patty, American cheese and grilled onions on rye bread with caraway, side of great fries), I recommend Sitton's Diner in North Hollywood.

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                  Andrew's North Hollywood Diner (fka Sitton's)
                  11329 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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                    bodie RE: maxzook Jun 15, 2008 12:06 PM

                    I have been away from LA for most of this year but I see Sitton's has changed names and possibly owners to Andrews Diner. Anyone got the backstory?

                    On to patty melts: I like Paty's in Toluca Lake but mostly, I find that a good patty melt is easy to make at home.

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                      maxzook RE: bodie Jun 15, 2008 12:42 PM

                      Really? I eat there at least once a month, and I went less than a week ago ... can't say I looked too closely at the sign, but the menu hasn't changed.

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                    Oh Robin RE: FatTooth Jun 16, 2008 03:37 PM

                    Call me crazy, but one of the best patty melts is at Spires.

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                    Spires
                    2590 N Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90815

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                      kevin RE: Oh Robin Jun 16, 2008 05:09 PM

                      hamburger hamlet in years past made a really good one.

                      recently i tried one made with a veggie burger at Cafe 50s on Lincoln and it was pretty darn good, I think it lost it's relationship with the Cafe 50s on Santa Monica and Barrington area, which now seems to be the more popular one of the bunch.

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                      pwrye RE: FatTooth Jun 16, 2008 05:39 PM

                      Cassel's - it ain't just great at burgers. Indisputably best patty melt!

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                        paprkutr RE: FatTooth Jun 16, 2008 06:10 PM

                        Jan's on Beverly Blvd has a good patty melt and their tuna melt is really good too. It comes with fries, cole slaw and a pickle.

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                          ExtraCheesePlease RE: paprkutr Jun 16, 2008 07:06 PM

                          I work around the corner from Jan's and I have to agree that their patty melt and tuna melt are pretty awesome. Perfect comfort food on a bad day.

                        2. Foodandwine RE: FatTooth Jun 21, 2008 12:36 PM

                          Yep, there is one in the South Bay. Cozy Cafe small place never knew it was there unil someone had mentioned it. I had the Patty Melt and liked it very much..

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                          Cozy Cafe
                          307 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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                            maudies5 RE: Foodandwine Jun 21, 2008 01:35 PM

                            Good Stuff at Olympic and Bundy makes a great one. I believe they also have a couple of locations in the South Bay.

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