First off, I should say that I’m a big burger fan but lean more towards the thick, juicy pub burgers that one finds on the east coast over the “iceberg sandwich” that seems to be the standard, as set by Apple Pan, in SoCal. My current favorites are the not-so-secret burger at Café Stella, the Pug from Hungry Cat and The Park’s burger, even though they charge an extra buck for homemade aioli. Would The Fix be a new contender?
Anyone familiar with the area will know that parking is a bitch. I circled the block a few times before I found a spot, but in the end it turned out to be worth it.
On to the matter at hand…
The restaurant itself is brightly lit and feels more like a yogurt shop (read Pinkberry rip-off) than a down and dirty burger joint. The staff was very personable – the dude who took my order introduced himself and told me they’d been open less than five days. I ordered the Fix burger (1/2 lb., $7.95) with cheddar cheese ($1) and specified medium rare. To go along with my beef, I opted for the garlic fries ($3.95) and a chocolate shake ($3.95). My total came to $17.95, which is a bit pricey for a burger fries and a shake at what is basically a fast food joint.
While waiting, I took a look around. They claim to use “certified humane” beef and biodegradable packaging. Burgers and sides come in paper clamshells. Beverages are served in that cool corn-based plastic that seems der rigeur these days. In addition to beef, they offer turkey, buffalo and ostrich patties. One can also opt for a Mini (1/4 lb.) burger and swap the bun for a lettuce wrap.
I took my food to go and broke local speed limits on the way home to chow down. My car filled with a heady garlic aroma.
My first sip of the shake was promising, it was thick and creamy, although the flavor relied on sweet over chocolaty. I would’ve preferred something with a bit more cocoa bite – not necessarily something I’d opt for again.
I set the fries and burger on the paper bag they came in and snapped a couple of quick shots before digging in.
First, the fries…
In a word, they were delicious - sprinkled with parsley and liberally dosed with what appeared to be poached or roasted garlic. Don’t bother with ketchup. The serving is large and could easily be split between two hungry chowhounds.
As for the burger…
The beef was cooked perfectly medium-rare and was exceptionally flavorful - I mean it actually had that distinctive beefy taste that seems to be absent in factory farmed meat - although a little more charring or caramelization would have been welcome. The patty came on an oversized sesame seed bun (pretty average in consistency) and was accompanied by mayo, green leaf lettuce, red onion and tomato. Note to the kitchen – sliced raw tomato should be salted in order to bring out the flavor. After the minor correction, I continued chomping and chewing, thoroughly enjoying the beefy goodness.
Fully sated, I tossed the paper and corn-plastic refuse into my recycling bin and sat back in a daze clutching my distended belly. I’m already thinking about what I’ll have on my next visit. The sliders with caramelized onions sound like a good call…
The Fix Burger
2520 Hyperion Ave.
Silver Lake 90027