In an age when pedigreed burgers come with a double-digit price tag, there are still a few bargain gems. Consider the half-pound American Kobe burger at Tops on Colorado in Pasadena—moist, tender, beefy beef; smoked mozzarella melding with caramelized onions like wine and cheese; fresh greens and tomato; and herb mayonnaise just to put it over the top. It comes on a fresh ciabatta roll with the right bit of chew—this sandwich, says JeetJet, would be excellent even without the meat. And how much is it? $6.45, my friends.
Note that we’re just talking about the Tops on Colorado in Pasadena, not the one on Walnut or the Tops Jr. in Alhambra, which have different owners and possibly even a different menu.
Over in Encino, the Stand is better known for hot dogs, but on Thursdays there’s jazz on the patio, $6 bottles of Merlot ($1.50 a glass), and a good turkey burger, all for $13 total, says joea.
High end but worth it: Burger Night (Sundays) at Grace. Burgers (prime, dry-aged Highland beef) go for $18 to $24; the most expensive comes with truffled cheese, and that’s damn well worth it, says tatertotsrock. Blue cheese is kind of overpowering, but the burger is delicious even without any cheese. Unfortunately, the house-made ketchup is a disappointment—you’d be better off smuggling in some Heinz.
Meanwhile, the Apple Pan’s prices have gone up and up over the years, and the burgers now just seem mediocre at about $10 for a where’s-the-beef patty with fries, says Burger Boy. Stick with the banana cream pie, says Diana—creamy, silky, bananas everywhere.
3838 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena
7360 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles
Apple Pan [Midtown]
10801 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles