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Apr 28, 2009 01:06 PM

Am I going insane or..

Or does Norm's suddenly have a pretty good apple pie?

I've recently had it both at the La Cienega branch and the Lincoln branch. They were similarly good, though the Lincoln branch is a teeny bit better. A genuinely flakey, nice crust.

This is totally weird, because the rest of Norm's food is basically variations of turd wrapped in burned cheese sauce, and the Lincoln Norm's sort of smells like urine and bleach, and there's no real reason for any human being to go to Norm's except for, say, that it's 2 or 3 in the morning and you need a place to sit and talk and perhaps let the alcohol leach out of your system, which happens perhaps more often than is healthy for me.

But: for no apparent reason, decent apple pie. I'd say, decent plus. Actually good. Verging on quite good.

I'm betting they just hooked into some good local distributor for apple pie, because it's about 12 times better than anything else there.

This is completely unimportant except for those people who, like me, are often up at 2 AM and like apple pie more than they should.

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  1. I've never had the apple pie at Norms, but it is incorrect to say that "the rest of Norm's food is basically variations of turd wrapped in burned cheese sauce." Norms has pretty good pancakes -- and indeed, if you stay away from the so-called "steaks," their breakfasts are not bad. In fact, the "loaded hash browns" are quite good, particularly if you are also loaded.

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    1. re: ozhead

      You are correct. I exaggerate. What I should say is: "the rest of Norm's food, of what I've had, varies between mediocre, dull, occasionally semi-decent, though some of it falls somewhere around the turd-with-cheese-sauce category."

      I apologize for my overstatement, and, as my repentance, the next time I'm drunk and in a Norm's, I will have the loaded hash browns, just for you.

      Also: the apple pie here used to suck. The changeover to good happened somewhere between three years ago and last month.

    2. You know what else is good at Norm's? The LIver and Onions.

      Because after all, when you're consuming so much alcohol as to find yourself actually dining at Norm's before the paperboy makes his rounds, you've got take care of your liver.

      And, really, I find most of their breakfast items to be more than bearable, almost above average, and will gladly ingest any of the breakfast menu items at any time of the day.

      Rest of the menu? Meh.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I get the grilled Louisiana sausage (spicy) with eggs over medium, hash browns and pancakes on a regular basis. Pretty good breakfast. My only real complaint is I wish they had the 4 syrup sampler again, like they used too. Maybe I just need to ask for it, but they used to bring it routinely. My Norm's of choice is on Pico just east of Sepulveda.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Liver at Norms sounds awfully scary.

        2. "Am I going insane or..."


          Seriously, though, I have been so, so disappointed in the apple pies being served. Nobody does crust right. It should bulge up on top and be a bit crackly with melted sanding sugar. Everybody goes for tender that they forget there are other problems... and the filling is ALWAYS oversweetened.

          So, before I sacrifice a meal to Norm's... is it really worth it?

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            don't go for a meal, just get a slice and a coffe, i would say that the location up in oc are marginally better than the ones in la.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              No. If we're talking effort, go to Jongewaard's or something. This is strictly a you're-there-and-it's-2-AM thing.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Such an exacting standard,DU.I 100% approve of your precision.

                You should meet Thi there at 2AM sometime and listen to his alcohol fueled musings.But, I must say, he's got a knack for naco food.

                Here's an evening.Drinking tequila at a dive bar in Huntington Park, an organ taco crawl, and apple pie at Norm's.

                1. re: streetgourmetla

                  I actually sort of enjoy their salty breakfast steaks on rare occasion (haha, a pun).


                  1. re: streetgourmetla

                    what dive bar in hungtington park serve premium tequilas, it's about time i gave up on el carmen.

                    1. re: kevin

                      Oh, I actually wanted to pair some rotgut with Norm's apple pie and the organ meat tacos. You know,something a little harsh but not entirely undrinkable like Hornitos.There's no 'hood place with premium tequilas that I know of.Wish there was!

                      Stick with El Carmen.Huasteco in Lynwood has a pretty good selection, but El Carmen is the place. I do most of my straight tequila drinking at home or in Mexico.

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