8479 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA
I was worried that this restaurant would be in the heart of Hollywood but it was on a part of Melrose ave that is surrounded by retail stores. Luckily, there were plenty of street parking spots on this particular Saturday afternoon so I had no issues with parking. When I walked in, I half expected it to be packed with brunch-ers but maybe west coast people don’t really wake up this early on Saturday mornings (11 AM). Anywho, no complaints from me cuz this empty restaurant meant that I had super fast service.
According to LA weekly blogs, this burger is one of the top 10 burgers in the city. “Just rich, high-quality aged beef, juicy enough to marinate every bite in your mouth but not the least bit greasy. The patty is just the size it should be: only slightly larger than propriety demands but not enough to exhaust the eater. Covered in cheddar, topped with a scoop of rudimentary slaw (cabbage, mayo, a pinch of salt) and perched on the mother of all brioches.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. You know me, I love the burgers that take both hands to hold while taking a bite into. The kind that requires you to really take a bite with all your might. The kind that has you reaching immediately for any white cloth napkin within reach to wipe some of the meat juices off your face as it slides down from the corners of your mouth. For me, I’ve kinda been on a burger binge and so since I was here during brunch time, I decided to make it a “brunch burger” by adding a fried egg on top (an extra $2) and bacon strips (2 strips were $6!) which totaled the bill at $26 for this burger.