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Aug 6, 2013 05:13 PM

Jonathan Gold's favorite LA Burgers

Jonathan Gold's favorite Los Angeles burgers list came out today in the LA Times. It includes The Apple Pan, Aroma Cafe, Chroni's Famous Sandwich Shop, Comme Ça, Connie & Ted's, Cora's Coffee Shoppe, Father's Office, Pie 'n Burger, Plan Check, and the Spice Table. Wait a minute.... The Golden State not included. Your thoughts or additions....

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  1. gotta say, i have never understood the appeal of apple pan or pie 'n' burger.

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    1. re: FED


      Really gross stuff from both.

        1. re: PeterCC


          apple pan kinda lousy.
          but pie n burger still works. just tastes good as a whole sandwich.

          1. re: linus

            when last i had an apple pan burger (years ago) the dam they used on the grill allowed so much grease to stay on the grill that the burgers were essentially deep fat fried in burger grease.
            not my cup of tea.

            1. re: westsidegal

              shoot, you may be on to something.

              That's why so many might like it too:

              It has possibly that deep fried flavor to it.

              I'm pretty sure there is nowhere else in LA (not to be confused with La. or Tenn. where they deep fry their burgers in a vat of purest oil).

              1. re: kevin

                A guy got up and left just before I sat down at the counter. Seemed unhappy. The waiter told me the guy said he had a heart condition and wondered what he could eat. The waiter told him the burgers were "deep fat fried." Guy left. I stayed.

        2. re: FED

          I was just explaining this to a friend who's in town for the week. He's going to Apple Pan on his own.

          1. re: FED

            The hash browns at Pie N Burger are really good.

            1. re: FED

              Nostalgia is a large part of the appeal of Apple Pan and Pie 'n Burger. If your family's roots run deep in the Westside or San Gabriel Valley, you probably have a soft spot for these comfort places

              1. re: Ernie

                4 generations of Apple Pan nostalgia here on the westside. We all love the "The Pan."

                1. re: maudies5

                  I'm for the most part with you, except for the prices.

                  1. re: kevin

                    They taste great and don't cost double digits. That makes me happy. I love the crisp lettuce, relish, and best of all, HECTOR!!

              2. re: FED

                Are the burgers at Pie N Burger cooked to order, i.e, can I get it rare, or is just cooked ala fast food places?

                1. re: granadafan

                  Cooked to order, but it's hard to get a thin patty much less than medium.

              3. GS stopped being a CH fave when the previous chef left IMO

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                1. re: ns1

                  really ? there was a change in the quality of the burger in the past year ?

                  1. re: ns1

                    I just thought he left one off (a la Mori) to chum the waters.

                    1. re: PeterCC

                      i read or saw an interview with anthony bourdain where he said the best way to find the best ------- in a place was to post on the internet how good some lousy place for ------- is.
                      the responses will then point you in the right direction.

                      1. re: PeterCC

                        a la Chef Francis Mori? With his Original Sushi Hamburgers. 26 Beach has been doing gourmet burgers for 30 years, long before the burger craze started!

                        1. re: Burger Boy

                          Sorry, I meant Mori Sushi and JGold's sushi list. But I do enjoy 26 Beach's burgers.

                          1. re: Burger Boy

                            sorry to get you out of your burger slumber. :)

                            BB, these days want new joints have you been enjoying for burgers.

                            And anything new on the quirky/eccentric/eclectic burger front at 26 beach cafe that you quite enjoyed ?

                            1. re: kevin

                              Not Really, The Habit for fast food, tried Eureka the other day, it was good, bun was weak, burger was okay if you are in the hood but would I make a trip for it, not really!

                              1. re: Burger Boy

                                do yu like the morton's burger ? plan check ?

                                And what did you ever think of the Apple Pan ????

                      2. Do you know who makes a fucking awesome burger that no one is talking about, but should?

                        Orchards in Whittier.

                        If you like your burgers with truffle that, avocado this, lettuce this, bacon over there, tomato over here, and covered in garlic aioli or housemade ketchup whatevers, then don't bother.

                        This is primal shit. House ground special blend (sourced from the adjoining butcher shop b/c that's what Orchards is by the way), grilled to your liking, and served in a basic hamburger bun. Cheese totally optional.


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                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          I'll stick with the food, hold the shit. You are so fucking right on this.

                        2. What night does Shrergio cook at Chroni's?

                          Jonathan's explanations for his choices in article:


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                          1. re: PeterCC

                            Shergio ?

                            That's not one of the chosen burger spots.

                          2. Where them hood burgers be?

                            Hawkins House of Burgers
                            Mom's Burgers

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