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Mar 12, 2004 03:28 PM

Dino's - Lincoln Heights

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If you have not been , make the trip. The "Collasal Burger" (Massive burger with pastrami) is an LA Classic.

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  1. Concur. They also have the day-glo chicken there as well.

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    1. re: slowrider

      Their chicken is some of my favorite even considering the wood fired Peruvian options. Dino's day-glo has massive flavor and is extremely tender. We had a party at our place over the weekend and picked up 25 quartered chickens along with beans, tortillas and rice (the weak link) along with plastic cutlery, napkins and paper plates and it came out to $100 and change.

      1. re: slowrider

        One warning - although owned by brothers, the LH Dino's uses a somewhat different chicken recipe than the Pico location, so it doesn't taste quite the same. I prefer the Pico branch - I found the Main Street location's quite a bit hotter.

        1. re: Briggs

          Also, the LH Dino's fries are just regular frozen run of the mill. I work much closer to the LH Dino's but, never go there as I opt to make the drive to the Pico location.

          1. re: Briggs

            The owner of Dino's Burgers Pico has a second restaurant in Azusa. The Dino's Burgers Azusa has a larger menu than Dino's Burgers Pico and Dino Burgers Azusa serves its famous Chicken Plate on a real plate.

            Dino's Burgers Azusa
            843 W. Arrow Hwy
            Azusa 91702
            (626) 812-6400
            (626) 812-6402

            1. re: Norm Man

              At Azusa, althought the chicken is still good, just about everything else on the menu has gone way downhill since the days of Ted' Gourmet Fast Food.

        2. Where is this place? I live in the neighborhood and have never heard of it.

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          1. re: ohdaylay

            Dino's Lincoln Heights

            Dino's Burgers
            2817 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90031

            1. re: Skunk2Racer

              A few blocks north of the 5 freeway - I guess Ave 28? The pastrami is in the style of The Hat, Johnnie, Oinkster.

          2. I met a good friend at the Pico/Berendo location yesterday for his virgin visit and he was amazed at the tastiness of the chicken, the value, and the fun. Dino's is really amazing, they send people out from behind the counter to keep it clean, and patrons young and old treat it with respect. The chicken is just wonderfully flavorful and unique, the lunch bargain of the city. Almost everyone orders it, but they do topnotch burgers, pastrami, hot dogs, and carne asada as well. I order my chicken with extra "sauce" -- yes, it sogs up the fries, but I wrap them up in the gummy tortillas along with strips of torn chicken and even some coleslaw for tang and texture. My brother is coming in from Austin next month and we're hitting a Lakers game, and he's used to the finest gourmet restaurants -- since Langer's closes so early, I'm thinking Dino's on the way from the westside on the way to the game.

            The other Dino's is not really Lincoln Heights, it is sort of east of Chinatown near the jail. That branch is much more of a burger joint, they may sell some chicken, but it isn't the overwhelming majority of the orders like the Pico location.

            1. Prefer the Dino's on Main Street.

              Side chicken plate is $5.15, at Pico its $5.50.
              Main Street also give you lots of sauce on the side in a coffee cup (some lady at the Pico location was buying a whole chicken had to bring her own container to take some sauce home, since they won't give you sauce on the side), the fries are crispy and not soggy like at Pico, they also give you free drink refills and there's plenty of parking in their lot.

              Talked to the owner Andy or Alex? today and he was very friendly (he's seen me there about 4 times in two weeks). I asked him if the sauce was healthy, not made from chicken fat or unhealthy oil, he said none of that but a dry marinade, so now I don't know what's in it, but he assured me it wasn't anything unhealthy. I almost think he might have given me the recipe ingredients, but I prefaced our conversation that I didn't have to know the recipe, but wanted to make sure it wasn't unhealthy since I'd eaten the chicken about two or three times in a week. He said he and the brother opened the Main Street location first in 1968 and basically the other brother's daughter's run the one on Pico now.

              Dino's Burgers
              2817 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90031