I’ve never met somebody who doesn’t like burgers, and if I did I would no longer speak to them.
Burgers have been all the rage lately, in this world of burgers so big no human could possibly take a civilised bite out of, are there any standalone burger joints serving just a good old fashion burger anymore?
I arrived at California Burger at 6 o’clock starving and ready to inhale. Unfortunately, I was told by a very grungy and hung over looking guy, they wouldn’t be opening until 6:30 pm – even though it says all over the web they open at 6. Put off by this and the fact the place is cash only I already had a bad mindset about here, the burgers would have to be good for that to change.
Promptly coming back a little tipsy at 6:30 pm, I walk into see one of the workers asleep sitting up at one of the tables, possible a big night?
The inside is lit up by a bright blue neon LA sign, too hungry to look at anything else I promptly ordered a large American cheesy fries, L.A.X Burger – 2 fresh beef patties, 2 American cheese slices, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and pink mayo and a East L.A Burger – fresh beef patty, lettuce, tomato, jalapeños, pickles, American cheese, homemade Vatos Locos hot sauce and pink mayo.
The cheesy fries were covered in chicken salt and then American cheese was melted over the top, absolutely horrified I dug in and was actually quite shocked, they fries were so sinfully good. They tasted like when you put your fries on your cheeseburger from Mcdonalds. Maybe a bit of a rip off at $10.
I like many others (bar Tony Abbott) don’t enjoy eating raw onion, so I was a little sceptical when the burger came out with a huge hunk of raw onion. After taking a bite the onion was almost unnoticeable. Patties are super thin, meaning a minimum of two is needed for a substantial meal, they were cooked well done which is hard to avoid when they are that thin but it takes away from the juiciness we’ve all come to love about burgers. The salad ingredients add a nice freshness to the burger making it not overall greasy, like a fancier takeaway burger.
The addition of hot sauce on the East L.A burger was a game changer, it really supercharged the flavour. An addition of an extra patty would’ve made the burger that much better.
It might have been the few drinks beforehand that made everything taste better, but all in all, not a bad burger but not my first choice.