The search for Bang for your Burger Buck can take you parts of town you might otherwise seldom tread. To places in your ‘hood that you never got around to trying or even a place you may not ever return to, unless the just the right circumstances place you there. Patras is such a place and it is a good thing. Good because it lies conveniently near dive bars like The Short Stop and Gold Room, makes a perfect stop on your way to or back from a Dodger game and most importantly can feed you for under $5.
Los Angeles is giant sprawling metropolis, choked with traffic, covered in smog and studded with neighborhood eateries you feel blessed to have in your hood. Marty’s on Pico is such a gem and this gem sits snuggly on busy Pico blvd in West Los Angeles. If you lived in Los Feliz, you could call Marty’s the Yuca’s of the westside. Or Al and Bea’s West if you hang your hat in Boyle Heights. Whatever your geographic position, know that Marty’s brings the A game in the category of $5 and under burgers and unlike Yuca’s and Al Bea’s, you can wash your burger down with a Vienna beef frank . . . yup hot dogs for dessert. Hello West Los Angeles . . .
The path we take to Bang for your Burger Buck can be strange one. My visit to Yuca’s focused on a burger type I never get, as I find chili on top of a cheeseburger wholly unwarranted, and yet here I was, eating a double chili cheeseburger, because, at a mere $5, it is a value one should not pass up. Further, when you think about how most burger stands simply can’t put in the time and effort to make their chili a real draw, a Mexican eatery actually might nail it. And as much as I can tell you that the double cheeseburger is so Bang for your Burger Buck, it’s the single burger for $2.75 that keeps me up at night . . .
Chinese food and a good diner should not be a surprising combination. Both are welcomed when faced with a particularly strong hang over, neither should be followed with exercise and both extol value – yeah, Im talking Bang for your Burger Buck and I haven’t even dropped the price yet. Let’s talk patty melt, let’s talk a side dish and let’s talk about a damn heavy plate. $7. Do I have your attention now? Good.
Pono Burger was that run don’t walk standing order when I visited this fine burger establishment in the late spring of 2013. Though known to still be working out their kinks, when restaurants are in their first few weeks to months of opening, prices are dropped to lure and establish a customer base. That was my justification for how they could offer a premium burger for $8. There were impressive combos that hit the $12 mark but, organic grass fed beef, fancy ass buns and cheese that takes gold in the freakin cheese Olympics is good enough for me and is definitely Bang for your Burger Buck for you.
It has oft been said that good beef needs little else besides salt and pepper. The same holds true for the hamburger, despite the popularity of cheese, it just aint necessary. When I came upon the menu at Corner Burger, I saw the “Naked Burger” as a sort of challenge to take on a burger sans any topping(except bun) and see if my palate could appreciate this “meat minimalism“. And for $5, I was a man with nothing to lose . .