As a longtime Eagle Rock resident, I watched Oinkster go up with some curiosity and a little bit of annoyance. All the good, cheap little burger joints and taco stands and hole-in-the wall places (and Toppers, but I digress) are being replaced by shiny happy food like (the late and not-so-great) Dantes and (the yet-untried) Taco Spot. Don't even get me started on Coffee Table... I figured Oinkster was another one of these but still couldn't resist poking my head in there on opening weekend. I wanted a milkshake. They had no milkshakes. And so I left, not to return until recently.
We ordered cheeseburgers, fries, a shake and an "oinksterade". Nobody in the group liked pastrami and we feared the chicken couldn't possibly live up to Zankou.
Wow, these burgers were great! Medium-rare without even having to ask, generous amount of cheese, and yummy homemade dressing. Fries were soggy and unimpressive, but the accompanying sauces were good (though you only get 1 free -- 50 cents each after that). The oinksterade was fantastic -- lemonade and orange juice, sweet and tart at the same time and not too watery as I feared it would be. I even ate the ice in the cup to get the last bits of flavor. But the shake was absolutely fantastic. Topped with real whipped cream and having just enough balance of ice cream to mik, it was meant to be shared but was quickly devoured before it could be.
One interesting note -- I compared their takeout menu with the one they gave us that first weekend. Their burger and fry prices have actually gone *down*. I think maybe they realized that the burger and fries were their draw, not the pastrami. In any case, it's still expensive for "fast" food ($5 burger, $4.50 shakes) but well worth it.
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