I'd had good experiences recently at Lucky Devil's, and wanted to check out the competition.
We were lucky enough to find street parking close to 25 degrees on Hollywood yesterday...had we not, the Hotel Roosevelt (where the restaurant is located) validates valet parking for $6...ouch! I know it's not much in Hollywood for parking, but it still gets me when I'm just going for burgers. Anyhow, we got lucky this time.
We walked into 25 Degrees, and we loved the decor. It was a clean, beautiful space; well designed and laid out, with a long wooden counter running down the length of the place, 6 booths, and about 4-5 tables for two.
We were worried when we saw the two servers on duty: two beautiful boys in matching tight T shirts (my girlfriend practically drooled). Usually, the pretty people (obviously model/actor wannabees) in Hollywood aren't the best in the service industry, but I must say that I was very pleasantly surprised with how helpful BOTH of the servers were when answering quiestions and making suggestions. They were both extra friendly, and in a very genuine way.
We sat at the long counter.
The menu was spare, but well-presented.
Burgers (bare) are $9 a piece...adding artisan cheeses ($2 each), toppings like bacon or Avocado ($1.50 each), and sauces ($1 for mayonnaise?!?), sends the total up to around $15-16 each.
We asked to split a wedge salad (Iceberg, bacon, bleu cheese and onions). It was listed as $9 on the menu. The ingredients were very good (The tomatoes very ripe for this time of year), but the lettuce was a little brown. Overall, pretty happy with this dish, and we were happy that they split it for us in the kitchen.
The burgers came out: Mine, medium-rare with bleu cheese and bacon, and hers Medium with Smoked Cheddar and a fried egg.
We both commented on how good the bread was. The server told us it was from La Brea Bakery, and we believed it. Very tasty.
The burgers both cooked the way we wanted them, and the quality of ingredients (Beef and toppings) was evident.
We split an order of fries ($6), and one order (served in a Chinese take-out box) was served with garlic-parmesan sauce and chipotle aioli, even though we hadn't ordered the sauces (both $1 each). The server said he'd brought them out for us, and that we would "never use ketchup again." The order was HUGE.
We agreed that the sauces were excellent.
I had iced tea (which the server kept filled), and my lady had a diet coke.
When the check came, I noticed a few things:
1) The salad was $11, not $9 as it was listed on the menu. I assumed that this was a split charge, but I wish we'd been told about it.
2) The fries were $8, not $6. I guess this was the two sauces that we didn't order
3) Out soft drinks (listed on the menu as $3 each) was NOT on our check. I didn't know if this was intentional or not...I was kind of ticked about the price differences, but I guessed that we were just about breaking even, maybe even getting the better of it. I didn't want to say anything...I didn't know how to nicely complain about the charges and also ask to be charged for the drinks, so I just put a $12 tip on the $49.00 check, and we left.
Overall, the burgers were very tasty, and our service was far better than we expected. I would definitely go back. I think that for the price, service, and decor, 25 Degrees is a better meal than Lucky Devil's, although I sorely missed the LD fries and Pecan shake.
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