Harry’s Family Restaurant makes a perfect patty melt, says Will Owen. He was “delighted by this sandwich, a big juicy beefy patty, not quite too much cheese, and very tender and succulent shreds of grilled onion.” Will is a sourdough man for his patty melts; ordered with sourdough instead of rye, the melt comes “grilled to a fine buttery crunch.”

The patty melt here is eerily like the one at Pann’s, “surely THE benchmark patty melt,” says Will. In fact, the whole menu and experience at Harry’s is so much like the one at Pann’s that Will suspects Harry might be a former Pann’s employee.

Busy Bee Café’s version is just about as perfect. “This was so much like Harry’s–and Pann’s–as to be almost scary, but whereas the onions and cheese dominated Harry’s version, the strongest flavor note in this sandwich was of beef,” says Will.

Harry’s Family Restaurant [San Fernando Valley–East]
920 N. San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank

Pann’s [South LA]
6710 La Tijera Boulevard, Los Angeles

Busy Bee Café [Ventura]
478 E. Main Street, Ventura

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