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My Favorite Uniquely LA Cheeseburger (PICS)

I have kept this a secret for almost 3 years and decided it was time to share. This is technically cheating b/c I'm taking food from two establishments, but who cares, it tastes AMAZING!!!

1. Go to Al Noor (SOUTH of Marine, and north of the freeway-google maps is wrong. in the strip mall. You can't miss it: http://www.chow.com/places/2731). Call ahead and order one tikka massala paneer and a palak paneer TO GO. I would HIGHLY recommend ordering them "spicy" b/c normal is watered down flavors, but still good. "spicy" isn't even spicy.

THEN, go across the street diagonally to In 'n Out and get a double double. Slather on the sauce and enjoy! I will note that IMO the tikka massala goes better with the burger. Also, the burger is not a vehicle for the sauce, but rather, the two go together in a surprising harmony. Phenomenal with grilled onions on the burger as well. Lastly, although the Indian food takes better a day after (aka, sitting in the fridge) the burger combo goes together MUCH better when both are fresh.

Looking forward to hear people's thoughts!!!!!!!!

Good eats!

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    1. I believe Cedars-Sinai has a special cardiac care unit for people that eat an In 'n Out Double Double... with cream sauce.

      1. Geniuses: Edison, Einstein, Newton and. now, upstarter!
        I didn't think there was any way to make an In n' Out -- even conceptually -- palatable to me but you've done it! Thanks. I doubt I will try it tho': once I have my al Noor I doubt I will see any reason for the double double.

          1. Wow, how did you conceive of it ?

            Were you sitting at the In 'N Out one day, enjoying your DD and looking out the window, when you saw Al Noor and the lightbulb went off in your head ? Or was it the other way around ?

            Which came first - the paneer or the double-double ? :-)

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            1. re: mikester

              Funny you should ask: My friends and I couldn't decide on where to go, so we just said I'll go to In n Out and you'll go to Al Noor. He got Al Noor to go and I got In N Out.

              While at In n Out, the container of ambrosia (aka tikka massala paneer) kept calling out to me like a siren out on the high seas. Unlike the fate of many sailors though, I was rewarded with an AMAZING burger.

              In other words, it was a complete accident along the lines of the discovery of penicillin. And, like penicillin, I hope it will make the rest of humanity and chowhounders enjoy life a little more.

                  1. re: upstarter

                    “It is a mortifying truth, and ought to teach the wisest of us humility, that many of the most valuable discoveries have been the result of chance rather than of contemplation, and of accident rather than of design”
                    Charles Caleb Colton (English sportsman and writer, 1780-1832)

                    1. re: upstarter

                      I had a similar dilemma once, except we went to In n Out. Next time I am in that area I will have to give your new creation a try.

                  2. I live a mile from there. I'm humbled by your food creation skills :). I haven't been to Al Noor yet, but i'd highly recommend Al Watan which is further down Inglewood (towards the airport) about another 2 miles.

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                    1. re: Low Blood Sugar

                      I've been to Al Watan, and liked Al Noor (considerably) more. There was another Indian restaurant started by a relative of the owner Al Noor on Hawthorne(?), but I still think Al Noor was better than that (it closed down a long time ago). All are definitely in the same league though.

                    2. I think this could be a new chowhound pasttime, food mashups. still reeling over this indian burger :)

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                      1. re: Low Blood Sugar

                        Did you actually try it? I'm curious about your HONEST thoughts. My and a couple of my friends love it, and I want to make sure we're not in our own little world :)

                        1. re: upstarter

                          I'll probably try it within the next week, already had in-n-out this week. I'll definitely give you an honest opinion but I already like double doubles AND a good tikka masala. Predisposed to liking it!

                          1. re: Low Blood Sugar

                            Thanks. Take pics if possible and looking forward to your honesty. I might also recommend the palak panner, but that's up to individual preferences. I had a dbl dbl with each indian dish, and liked them, but the original TM has a special place in my heart :)