Ketchy's II is part of the Sawtelle strip, but have you ever seen it? Did you even know that there is another restaurant behind Mizu 212? I didn't, until I went exploring on foot one day. I wasn't even sure this place was in business.
It turns out that Ketchy's II has been open for five months, but it's only open until 6:00 pm, which explains my confusion.
Though it is relatively new, Ketchy's II has quite a history. It replaces a beloved neighborhood hamburger and taco stand named Ketchy's that operated for 40 years but was completely destroyed when a pickup truck drove through it over 20 years ago.
A true hole-in-the-wall, Ketchy's II has no indoor dining--there simply isn't space. There are a few tables outside, if you don't want your food to-go.
Ketchy's II serves hamburgers, hotdogs, chili burgers, chili dogs, tamales, fries, onion rings, and a few other things. Multiple flavors of soda in cans are easily grabbable if you're thirsty.
My quarter pound cheeseburger was made-to-order in plain view and came with plenty of toppings--lettuce, pickles, mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard. The meat was cooked thoroughly (okay with me, but you may want to specify if you like your burger pink) and wasn't greasy at all. A quarter pound isn't much bigger than an In-n-Out patty, and there was only about half as much cheese as I would have liked, but with all the condiments and the bun, the burger had plenty of flavor and filled me up. A cheeseburger is $3.70, and a tip jar awaits your change. I don't think anything on the menu is over $5.00.
Ketchy's II helps round out the sometimes redundant offerings found on Sawtelle. It may not have the excitement factor of some of the other restaurants on the street, but it is a most welcome addition to the neighborhood.
La Grange (at Sawtelle, behind Mizu 212)
Los Angeles, CA 90025