I've been going to Cassell's for years, since they were in their old building and the place was still run by the Cassell family. It's now in a different building down the street with the same unique grill and the same recipes and at least one of the same cooks but it isn't the same.
I've been there about five times in the last two years. Three of those times, it was as good as it ever was, which was the best in town. The other two times, the meat seemed a bit off but it was still better than any other place I might go for a burger within five or ten miles.
The last time I was there, they seemed to have taken out their lemonade machine, which is a shame. They had the best lemonade in town.
I get the 1/3 pound burger without cheese, medium or medium rare depending on my mood. I dress it the way I like my burgers and I eat a large scoop of their unique potato salad. It looks like cold mashed potatoes but is made with either horse radish or hot mustard (I've been told both versions) and it's very habit-forming.
It's sad that it's not what it once was but I can't think of another place around where I'd rather eat a burger.
re: Hershey Bomar
Dude, that flavor at Cassell's is actually how beef is supposed to taste. I'm not being pompous here, but growing up I've been lucky enough to taste real meat from farm fresh cows and it has real FLAVOR. That's what I love about the Cassell's burger, it's got real flavor molecules sticking to the inside of my mouth.
In the US we've headed down a sad path of eliminating flavor from our diets and places like Cassell's remind us of how meat is supposed to taste.
Been going since the late '70s after hearing Paul Wallach rave about it on his radio show. New owners and location but when I went a few weeks back it was still great! A double cheese burger (USDA PRIME) with a large lemonade, great potato salad and even homemade mayo - YUM!!!
The only downside - I was full until lunch the next day!
3266 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
213 480 8668
It's plenty familiar on this board. As with most places, it has people singing its praises and people cursing it. The old "It's-not-as-good-as-it-used-to-be" refrain. I fall into the former camp. If I concede that it has lost some of its shine, they're still mighty fine burgers, I love the potato salad and the lemonade sure would have tasted good today. When I'm in the neighborhood I'll frequently pick a few of their meat patties for grilling at home for dinner.
Been a while since I've been - BUT the pototo salad stays in memory as marvelous (no fries if you haven't been there). I remember the old location a few doors down that had a little patio in the back.
But yes, in Mid-Wilshire, it's a fine place to go for a burger. I wouldn't cross town for it, but it's quite good - and not that far from 'SC if people there are looking for a fun and easy lunch. (and a block or two from the red line).
I have never been to Cassell's, but when I do go I want to sample all of their best. Will you please help me by offering a detailed list of items to order and recommended preparations?
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re: David Ford
the change is something that I know nothing about - cnet?
Thank you anyway for the compliment.
As for what to order? It's a burger joint. We all have our tastes. I like the 1/3 lb because I find the 2/3 too big for me to handle and frankly overpowering. I get it without cheese - suit yourself. Rare to medium rare.
The fries are relatively new. go classic - the potato salad is at the buffet table. it's wonderfully garlicky. Get a bunch. use the 1000 island liberally on the burger, if the tomatoes look good, go for it - if they're pale skip it. One slice of onion.
the onion rings are decent from what I remember.
Most important - the lemonade has been fantastic. Make sure they have it - it used to be fresh made, if ti still is get it. warning - the old stuff was really acidic, be prepared. But it's refreshing and nothing cuts the burger fat like a sharp sour lemonade.
Again, what a very kind compliment. Thank you.