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Is the Apple Pan Worth a Visit

Staying in Century City and I have had the Apple Pan on my LA list for ages. Is it worth a lunch stop for a steakburger, fries and pie? Or is In n Out in Westwood good enough? We've been to various In n Out locations over the years and have always enjoyed what they serve. Thanks for your help.

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  1. Unless you were either raised on Apple Pan food or you have a love of classic diner/lunch counter places that haven't changed in 50 years (like something from Main St. Disney but real) probably not.

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    Apple Pan
    10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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    1. re: Servorg

      It's worth a trip, especially if Apple Pan has been on your list of places to try. Love In N Out but you can get that in other cities and states-AZ and NV. There is only one Apple Pan.

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      Apple Pan
      10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      1. re: reality check

        Every now and then I just crave a Hickory Burger and Fries at the Apple Pan.

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        Apple Pan
        10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      2. re: Servorg

        I agree with Servorg. I went once - many years ago - and I didn't get it. Tried it again after someone raved about it online. Still didn't get it. The french fries are average at best. (that's being generous, truth be told I think they suck). I won't go back. There has to be 100 places in the city with a better burger. Almost any decent restaurant has a much better burger.

        But, it has a nice retro feel to it. And it's authentic retro. I'd say go, take a look, then get in the car and go somewhere else. And if you have to have a burger - there's a great burger thread (started by ExileKiss I believe - who is an honorable and reliable Chowhounder) somewhere on Chow. Extensive and thorough.

        1. re: foodiemahoodie

          if you are looking for a good burger, i'd skip Apple Pan entirely.
          my daughter used to go to school near there and periodically i'd stop in.
          it never got better.
          burger consistently on the poor side of mediocre.
          never tried the pie.

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          Apple Pan
          10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        2. I woud say go once, for the experience. But be prepared to pay $25 for a thin patty burger fortified with half a head of iceberg lettuce, fries, coke & pie.

          The only reason to go there a second time is for the banana cream pie, which is phenomenal.

          Oh, and sit on the left side of the counter. The guy on the right who looks like Drew Carey's dad is kind of an oddball, best observed from a distance. I've had a few very odd experiences with him.

          Mr Taster

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          1. re: Mr Taster

            Concur on the pie. I have yet to find one that hits the spot like theirs.

            1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

              Ignore the naysayers. Enjoy the Apple Pan. Bet you will love it. Definitely worth a visit.

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              Apple Pan
              10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            2. re: Mr Taster

              I like the banana cream, Mr. Taster, but boysenberry is my new favorite. Give it a try. I think something happened to Gordon (Drew's dad). I haven't seen him for a while, but I only go in to buy pies nowadays and split. I really miss the burgers but not the price and wait.

            3. Thanks for your responses. I am partial to classic diners and lunch counters and it's a one of a kind type of place. I already knew it would be pricey, but as reality check said, there is only one Apple Pan, so I think we'll give it a try.

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              1. re: curiousgeo

                Definitely worth the experience if only for the paper cups, paper hats and stools...and the banana cream pie!

                1. re: lapizzamaven

                  Definitely worth it for the BCP, wish I could say that about the burger.

                  To OP: Try down the street to Marty's for a better burgers.

                2. re: curiousgeo

                  Apple Pan pricey? Don't think so. Not pricier than The Counter and surely, they don't charge $10.50 for an order of fries :)

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                  Apple Pan
                  10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                  1. re: maudies5

                    This is a very poor burger, and so-so pie. Pie and Burger is way better for both. Best pie in Los Angeles. (well not LA but Pasadena).

                    1. re: miwine

                      I very respectfully disagree. The pies at the apple pan are head and shoulders above pie n burger (except for the fresh peach and fresh straweberry pie at Pie N Burger those are way better than apple pan).

                      1. re: kevin

                        AP's banana cream pie is amazing. We coupled it with their fresh strawberry pie during the summer and it was superb as well. My guess is that because most strawberries benefit from the summer weather, the strawberries in our pie were bright and sweet. What ever the case, I've never had P N B's version, but I would order AP's version again in the midst of summer.

                    2. re: maudies5

                      The Apple Pan's pricing is like Disneyland's. The price goes up, up, up every year, way exceeding the cost of inflation (and cost of living) and somehow people don't seem to be catching on that they're paying significantly more for the same thing than they were even 3-5 years ago. They just keep-a-coming.

                      Look at In-N-Out as an example of another LA burger institution that has held it's own for many, many years with a very reasonably priced burger meal. When they increased their prices about a year ago, it was a minimal up charge, something on the order of 20 cents.

                      Perhaps people who frequent The Apple Pan more often than I do can help fact check my price estimates here, as I don't see a current menu with prices posted online, and I haven't been in a couple of years.

                      If I recall the last time I was there, the hickory burger with cheddar cost almost $8 (this is for a *very* thin patty of meat augmented with a HUGE wedge of cheap iceberg lettuce-- The Counter offers a larger burger with a more substantial serving of meat for a similar price). The cream pie was upwards of $6. Fries were over $2. Factor in the price of soda with the burger, and/or coffee with the pie +tax and tip... wham. You're certainly over $20, and pushing $25. It's an outrageous cost for what amounts to a fast food meal. And what if you're on a date? Is a meal of 2 burgers and fries seriously worth almost $50? Come on now. It's insane.

                      The *only* standout item for me is the banana cream pie, which also is overpriced but I feel worth the extra expense. Maybe when the pie reaches $10 per slice in 2014, I'll feel differently.

                      Mr Taster

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                      Apple Pan
                      10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                      1. re: Mr Taster

                        Point taken, but it's not Urasawa. Let's keep it in perspective here.

                        If the choice is between In-N-Out and an LA institution that has been on the OP's radar for years then it's an easy choice: give it a try.

                        There are just certain places in LA that must be experienced once: Phillipes, Tito's, Musso and Frank, Pink's, Langer's, and Apple Pan are probably a good start to that list. The fact that only one or two of those places are objectively any good is quite beside the point.

                        1. re: cacio e pepe

                          totally agree with cacio e pepe-this LA fixture is unique and cannot be compared-it is what it is as far as burger, fries,paper cups & hats

                          On the other hand the BCP can hold its own against any other

                          1. re: Sarsa

                            Sorry, but my brain must have slipped a cog or two trying to put "BCP" into context here. Can you help a hound out?

                            ADD: Just got it (I was thinking burgers and coming up blank). Banana Cream Pie. Doh!

                        2. re: Mr Taster

                          I am posting the menu because I just could not believe the prices are as high as stated. This is not true and if they are charging more than their menu here print it and bring with you.

                          The prices are not much higher than they were when I lived and went there in the 80' and 90's which is a relief.

                          5.00 for hickory burger
                          1.75 for fries
                          1.25 soft drink
                          3.25 pie

                          Now I don't eat pie when I have a burger or sandwich so I am getting out for under 10.00.
                          http://www.applepan.com/

                          1. re: Lori SF

                            Just to let you know the prices on this menu are from 2009.

                            1. re: Lori SF

                              The current prices are significantly higher.

                              Mr Taster

                              1. re: Mr Taster

                                2009 almost the same price as 1990 but they jacked the price in 2011 strange.

                                1. re: Lori SF

                                  When you went to

                                  http://www.applepan.com/

                                  did you see the top, the UNofficial site for the Apple Pan. So the Apple Pan has nothing to do with updating that site.

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                                  Apple Pan
                                  10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                  1. re: Lori SF

                                    That website is inaccurate... it makes me wonder how often newbies show up at the Apple Pan having viewed the prices on the unofficial website? My understanding is that they increase prices incrementally every 6 months or so, so if you haven't been in a while you'll be in for some sticker shock. (By the way, despite the date on the website, I don't think those in any way reflect 2009 prices.)

                                    If you do go, please report back your experience here.

                                    Mr Taster

                                    1. re: Mr Taster

                                      That website is the UNOFFICIAL website for the Apple Pan.

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                                      Apple Pan
                                      10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                      1. re: Mr Taster

                                        Yes it does seem inexpensive even for 2009. I can't even remember paying $5 for a Hickory Burger.

                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                          First time I went to Apple Pan was 06 and the burger was about $8 and I believe that same menu is there.

                                          Surprised the Apple Pan doesn't do something about the UNofficial site, either buy the site or at least send updated information about the site.

                                          Most people don't know it's the UNofficial site, since they quote, very outdated prices.

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                                          Apple Pan
                                          10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                      2. re: Lori SF

                                        I went through the same issue earlier and you can see my comments up the thread. I don't know when those menu prices were current, but it is unlikely the 2009 date corresponds with those menu prices.

                                        I've attached a photo I took recently when I went in to check on prices (and to pick up a slice of banana cream pie, natch).

                                        1. re: cacio e pepe

                                          Thanks for posting the current menu, cacio e pepe.

                                          So it looks like the tuna salad sandwich ($7.25!), fries ($2.25) and a coke ($1.50) plus 9.75 tax and 20% tip is going to cost Lori SF just under $15 out the door. (That is, unless Lori SF is unlucky enough to arrive after one of the semi yearly price hikes).

                                          Bear in mind that they charge an extra two bucks (I think... can't see it on the menu) if you want a slice of cheese thrown on top which edges it dangerously close to my admittedly high figure of $18.

                                          And if I squint my eyes, it looks like that's $7.50 for a slice of apple pie with whipped cream? Jeeee-hoshaphat!!

                                          Mr Taster

                                          1. re: Mr Taster

                                            Well thanks for setting me straight I guess I was out of touch thinking their burger remained to be 5.00.

                                            Now that I am back in reality and if I were to compare their prices with something somewhat similar minus the nostalgia and counter charm Gott's Roadside here in SF charges about the same 7.99 cheeseburger, 2,69 Fries and 1.99 soda so I guess they are not out of line with the current prices except the quality of meat might be better at Gott's if you were to compare.

                                            I hope it is as good as I remember and they still pour your soda for you into that cute cone paper cup that sits in the red holder, if not I will be p--sed

                                            1. re: Lori SF

                                              Gott's is AWSOME! We hit them up a few years back before the name change (Taylor's Automatic Refresher) and can't get them out of mind ever since. I'd give my left - well, it would be super great if Gott's came down this way - they'd do very well here.

                                              1. re: Mr Taster

                                                I'm pretty sure adding cheese to any sandwich is $0.50. It is for a burger at least.

                                                And in their defense, the portion of whipped cream is huge. It really is the equivalent of a large scoop of ice cream in content. It's actually larger than the pie!

                                                Yes. Apple Pan is pricey for what it is. Still, I love it. And while it's always good for people to walk in aware of the prices, the truth is that one only finds it a rip-off if they don't like the food and experience to begin with. That's true of any restaurant, really.

                                    2. re: maudies5

                                      Who is selling fries for $10.50?

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        Not to speak for Maudies5, but I think that was her way of calling the venerable Mr. T's accounting into question.

                                        The true cost of the meal that Mr. Taster describes is $13.20 before tax and tip, $16.13 out the door. Not cheap. Which is why exaggerating the cost by an additional 55% is makes it seem beyond the pale.

                                        1. re: cacio e pepe

                                          So when you have a problem with an over exaggerated accounting then pour another bigger one in on top to claify things?

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            I think her point was that would be about the price the fries would need to be for Mr. T to get to his final total. I will stop speaking for someone else now, but I'm just saying that's how I read it.

                                            1. re: cacio e pepe

                                              I still don't understand how you and maudie5's have come up with such a large price discrepancy, unless my numbers are wildly misinformed. If they are, then please correct me. (They may not be spot on, but I'm certain that they're in the ballpark).

                                              And remember, I haven't been there in about 2 years so I'm going off of the 2008-2009 prices that I remember. Since they regularly raise their prices, it's probably higher than what I am recalling here.

                                              Mr Taster

                                          2. re: cacio e pepe

                                            cacio e pepe, are you estimating this $16 price tag from the menu posted on www.applepan.com? If so, you should know the current prices are considerably higher.

                                            I agree the op should go once, but she should go with realistic expectations, or risk feeling gouged.

                                            Mr Taster

                                            1. re: Mr Taster

                                              That menu may include new items added to their menu, but they never update the prices. $5 for a steakburger? When I went, about five years ago it was about $9 and I know prices haven't come down.

                                              But, the title of that link, say the UNofficial site of The Apple Pan.

                                              1. re: Mr Taster

                                                Well I stopped by for a slice of pie and ended up eating crow. Mr. Taster was pretty damn accurate with his $25 estimate for: a hickory burger with cheese, a side of fries, a coke, a slice of pie, and a cup of coffee.

                                                I never get more than a burger and fries OR a slice of pie with coffee there, and even then it's only very occasionally. Therefore, I've never even approached that $25 tab. But Mr. Taster was pretty spot on.

                                                1. re: cacio e pepe

                                                  Thanks for confirming that I'm at least not totally crazy :)

                                                  Mr Taster

                                                  1. re: Mr Taster

                                                    No, no, just slightly eccentric. I keed, I keed,

                                            2. re: Servorg

                                              The Farmshop at the Brentwood Country Mart.

                                              1. re: maudies5

                                                They are NOT $10.50. For a side order of fries they charge $5.50.

                                        2. I thnk it is good to go once. The fries are very good when fresh; however, I've seen them sit on the pass for like 5 minutes before I stopped caring.

                                          1. Go so you can jpin the debate. Hickory burger with double cheese, well done fries, some IBC root beer.