the aforementioned royal burger is a thing of beauty or disgust depending on your standpoint (staunch vegetarians and light meat eaters especially beware). B and R is a simple storefront fast-food shack on Rosecrans in Hawthorne in the South Bay, the area's a little dogegy and the store itself is a little rough around the edges what with the simple sign announcing " old fashion" burgers and the simple interior that bespeaks burger stand with old atari games and ripped chairs, but that is far from what you came for. you're here for the b and r royal burger. when i went to the counter and ordered it, got a laugh from thge counterperson, this is not a light order.
So what goes into a Royal burger:
Two chargrilled patties (each roughly the size of a fatburger -fatburger size patty) so pretty darn hefty patties to begin with.
A bun spread with mayo, mustard, pickles,.
Some slices of pastrami, burnt to a crispiness here and there.
A couple slices of tomato, some lettuce.
Then a quite liberal dousing of a very beefy ground beef chili (this is not chili, like tommy's or jay's), but more to the point a chili that stands up as a meal in its own right.
Lastly, a single fried egg to top that crap all of and of course a slice of cheese.
The burger itself rises above the plate about a good half a foot. This thing is huge, my friend could only saw , "wHOA , OR WOW" a bunch of times.
and the counterperson laughed a bunch of times and gave me a bunch of napkins, and then a fork and knife, there's no convecievable way to eat this burger as an intacted sandwich. utensils are necessary and ultimately it must be descontructed if you are a mere mortal and not a 7 or 8 foot giant. with huge hands. oh, and luckily i didn't order fries, half the burger (withhout fries) would even be enough for just one person.
so took the burger back to my table and began to demolish it with relish, it was a cacophony of tastes at times but yet it still worked, and you could tell you defintiely could fill yourself getting fatter when eating one of these (a pastrami burrito at Oki Dog is nothing compared to this, but this burger stylistyly is in a similar in a vein to that pastrami concoction). so when at it with fork and knife. some bites just had burger (and the ground beef itself is supremely tasty - not to be confused with a dried out tasteless patty), some just bread with mayo, some the whole shebang together.
definitely a worthwhile experience. mabye once in a very blue moon or maybe more frequently if you do get a taker to split it right down the middle.
also, a patron at a nearby table, starting up by saying " you really took care of that burger", to which i replied that i actually hadn't eat all of it, but he went on to say that he'd been watching me the whole time from when the burger hit the table to my ultimate finishing point.
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