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One from the Vault: Burger Plaza Grill – Los Angeles, CA

Burgers, from the Vault at LA TACO, Los Angeles, West Coast By November 6, 2013 No Comments

Burger Plaza Grill is just that perfect combination of randomness, an overall lack of promise and the plain truth of affordable price that makes it a classic case of Bang for your Burger Buck. These guys are about as interested in staking their claim in the burger world as I am in counting the calories they just so happen to provide on their menu. But know this: my jaw dropped when I saw the size of the patty that was placed on the griddle. It was a big bright red pancake of raw ground beef that indicated a surprising degree of freshness. Definitely a burger spot to remember when you are around the USC/South Los Angeles area . . .


One from the Vault: The Park Restaurant – Echo Park, CA

Burgers, from the Vault at LA TACO, Los Angeles, West Coast By September 25, 2013 No Comments

Years ago a dear friend explained that burgers fall into one of two camps: “restaurant burgers” and “everything else. This was a time when chefs weren’t tweaking burgers of convenience like what Andre Guerrero does at the Oinkster or when gastropubs miraculously brought beef back onto our dinner plates during the recession of 2008 with the advent of the $10 and up burger. The Park is very much a “restaurant burger” since it is served at a restaurant that also happens serves many other things like curried cauliflower and duck confit. It also slings these solid bovine sandwiches for $5 bucks on Wednesday nights. Needless to say Bang needed to check out the action . . . 


One from the Vault: the In N Out edition

Burgers, from the Vault at LA TACO By August 26, 2013 No Comments

In N Out maybe the single reason why I will always try a random burger shack: to disprove the hype that surrounds this iconic burger stand. Over time I would come to realize that the faults I had with In N Out was not with me, them or the stars but in relying on their standard menu.

This post was as much an exploration into the wonder that is the “Secret Menu” at In N Out as it was an acknowledgement that, even with doubling the beef and adding more mods that the 90s Civic that did extra work on the Original Fast and the Furious, In N Out has some damn serious Bang for your Burger Buck.


One from the Vault: Patra Burgers – Echo Park, CA

Burgers, from the Vault at LA TACO, Los Angeles, West Coast By August 7, 2013 No Comments

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.