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Hamburger Hamlet Pasadena Done

Los Angeles' second to last Hamburger Hamlet has closed in Pasadena after over 40 years, Du-par's Restaurant & Bakery moves in today and reopens tomorrow. California's final Hamburger Hamlet remains in Sherman Oaks at 4419 Van Nuys Blvd. (from LA Eater). It's really kind of sad.

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  1. OMG, how horrible! I was just there about a month ago. The back room with the fireplace was one of my favorite local spots this time of the year. In days of yore, I could take solace in the addition of Du-Par's but not with the atrocities that the Naylor family has done to that once-proud institution. Talk about rubbing salt in a wound.

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    1. re: Jack Flash

      Really??? DuPar's is owned by Tiny Naylor's? I didn't know that.

        1. re: Jack Flash

          When the Farmer's Market Du Par's reopened, it just was DuPar's in name only. Nobody made omelets as good as the old Du-Par's. Same for the hotcakes and French Toast. Just not the same since the Naylors bought the place.

          1. re: JosephEBacon

            How were omelettes better. I still generally like dupars. No big expectations.

            1. re: jessejames

              The old Du Par's actually used omelet pans to make them, they came out incredibly large and fluffy, they were folded in half with any extras you wanted. I liked their Denver Omelets they diced Hormel Cure 81 ham with peppers and onions. Since the Naylors took over, they make them the same way they used to at the various Tiny Naylors--not as fluffy and the ingredients were mixed in the eggs.

              1. re: JosephEBacon

                "The old Du Par's actually used omelet pans to make them, they came out incredibly large and fluffy, they were folded in half with any extras you wanted."

                Just like Hamburger Hamlet. We probably went there for Sunday brunch more than any other meal and their "hangover" omelet was one of our perennial favorites.

                  1. re: jessejames

                    Don't know because we haven't been to that Sherman Oaks location is a loooong time.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      I don't get omelettes but i like the pancakes corned beef hash eggs and toast and pies donuts and other stuff at one on 3d and fairfax

                      1. re: jessejames

                        I go to that Du-par's at the permanent Farmers Market on my post bike ride 5AM dining needs for breakfast. It's still a solid choice and closer than hiking all the way out from our house to Brent's for their 6AM opening.

                        I did go for a 5AM breakfast the other day to the Pacific Dining Car on Wilshire in Santa Monica. It's just a little too $$$$ for regular breakfast.

                          1. re: jessejames

                            This time I got their Country Breakfast but probably won't again as I'm not a fan of their pancakes (or really their sausage patties either as I like my sausage in link form). I'll go back to one of their steak and eggs combo's or one of their many, many benedict variations. I've tried their hash, but it's just not as good as corned beef hash so that is off the table for me.

                            1. re: Servorg

                              I want to get the eggs sardou i heard about

                              1. re: jessejames

                                That's a good one and the Hussarde is also chow worthy.

                                  1. re: jessejames

                                    Poached eggs served over Canadian bacon, English muffin halves and a rich marchand de vin sauce - http://www.thefreedictionary.com/marc... - topped with hollandaise sauce.

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      sounds delish

                                      never been to PDC for breakfast -- sounds like a great time to go

                                  2. re: Servorg

                                    I enjoyed Eggs Hassarde at Brennan's in NOLA. And as for omelets, they have them forever. But a little too far for the old bike ride.

                                    1. re: mc michael

                                      I would love to do that as a ride, but probably not in this lifetime...(g)

                                      Laissez les bons temps rouler (and the bike wheels rolling for me are good times).

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  i know this is rude, but what does the average breakfast run at pdc? say, if you get the steak and eggs?
                                  i've kinda always wanted to go, but want to prepare for the sticker shock.

                                  1. re: linus

                                    With tax you are looking at at least $35 per person or so if you have coffee also. For the filet more like $40 or so.

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      thanks. i suppose a coupla breakfast cocktails would up that considerably.

                                    2. re: linus

                                      steak and eggs should be 19.95 or possibly 17.95 by now, which is much cheaper than their dinner time steaks which run into the 40s.

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Yeah, nowhere in town seems to be able to make a fluffy omlette at all.

                          1. re: kevin

                            Try the Original Pancake House in Redondo. Their giantic fluffy omelets are oven baked.

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              Damn, I hit it up a couple weeks ago. Loved the fresh whipped cream.

                              Though the scrambled eggs were terrible and the pumpkin pancakes where just ok (though the showering of cinnamon on the pancakes made it much much much worse).

                              And the breakfast potatoes were terrrible.

                              Shoot, don't know if I'll be up for giving it another try.

                  2. re: Jack Flash

                    But, didn't Tiny Naylor's own eatery go out of business years before that? Weren't they on LaCienega?
                    Do they own the DuPar's here in Vegas also?

                    1. re: mucho gordo

                      The chain was purchased in 2004 by an investor group led by W.W. "Biff" Naylor, the son of noted California restaurateur Tiny Naylor.
                      Du-par's expanded in 2009 to include several locations from the bankrupt Bakers Square chain.

                      1. re: wienermobile

                        I kinda used to like Baker's Square and to me it was much better than Coco's.

                        1. re: kevin

                          I never actually ate at one but, I sure do miss having one nearby for their pies which were very good.

                1. re: Jack Flash

                  I'm conflicted as well, having grown up in the SFV where we frequented both HH in Sherman Oaks and Dupar's in Studio City during their heyday. My only consolation is that blueberry cream cheese pie will now be more readily accessible.

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Not good ones. Du-Par's stopped making good pancakes when the Naylors took over. They persist on reputation alone.

                      1. re: Jack Flash

                        I like the HH pattie melts beyond belief.

                        1. re: Jack Flash

                          Is this supposedly true of all Du-Pars? I just ate at my first one last week in Vegas and the pancakes were excellent.

                          1. re: thebordella

                            Perhaps I exaggerate a bit. If you'd never had pre-Naylor hotcakes you'd probably find these OK. But those of us who've been going there since before 2004 can tell the difference merely by sight (not to mention taste). They're obviously not the same. The PR campaign to deny it is what really offended me, although it's theoretically possible that they simply got duped, too, and were only given something close to the real recipe.

                    2. re: Jack Flash

                      Yes, some of the worst food, EVER, served by people who really are there to get a paycheck.
                      Nothing wrong with that, but the empathy for HH is definitely not there.
                      Those pancakes, that French toast, and worse yet, that syrup - just awful.
                      Have a friend who lives overseas, and returns to S/C annually, still loves the stuff, yet I find it beyond bad.
                      And their coffee is even worse!
                      ymmv!

                    3. This is downright distressing and depressing.

                      1. This sucks. Ate there just a week ago. The French Onion soup was excellent. The service was very good. Place was busy. I don't get it. Must be a money thing.

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                        1. re: mc michael

                          Ok. I'll have to hit
                          Up
                          The sherman oaks branch at least.

                        2. Deja Vu all over again. Here was my report from the sudden closing of our local Hamburger Hamlet on Sepulveda Blvd. (and basically National) back in 2008: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/568612

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                          1. re: Servorg

                            Who makes burgers closest to hh? Size wise golden state?

                            1. re: jessejames

                              Simple answer nowhere.

                              But go to Morton's and see if they have rye bread on hand so that they can make you a patty melt. Since they already have the cheddar as well as the griddled onions.

                              Someone also said they make a great martini at HH.

                              Nuff said.

                              1. re: kevin

                                Great martini ez. Frozen vodka and a glass!

                                I used to enjoy their burgers on south Beverly

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    <Someone also said they make a great martini at HH>

                                    That was me.
                                    I have no idea about the other Hamburger Hamlets, as I've never been to any other, but the one on Sunset, may she rest in peace, was my neighborhood hangout…
                                    "My" bartender knew how to make it for me….along with their stellar potstickers at my favorite intimate, private dark bar.
                                    Boy do I miss it.

                                      1. re: jessejames

                                        I hate the counter and yet I loved HH.

                                1. Say it's not true! I just moved back to the Pasadena area and was looking forward to returning to one of my old haunts