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Posted by TheBurgerBusters on 09/26/2010
The Burger Breakdown... The Beef: 100% Angus from Nebraska. The cut? No one behind the counter knew, but judging from the blandness, I'd say that it was 80/20 Chuck. Chuck peppered with connective tissue. The beef had not a hint of aging, but it did have a satisfying iron taste--other than that, it was completely insipid. It came out juicy, so a couple of points for that. The Preparation: Griddled to a juicy Well Done. It remained juicy in spite of most of the fat and all of the flavor being rendered out. The grind was coarse, and the patties were formed lovingly and loosely, so that the mouth feel was loose and crumbly. The Seasoning: There was a vague taste of salt on the outside, and NOTHING on the inside--nothing but bits of gristle. The Sear: It was a bit uneven, but the 1/3 pound patty could not have tolerated much more heat. The griddle imparted a nice crunch to the spots where there was sear, and that was a nice contrast in texture. Again, since there was no seasoning, the sear on this bland beef was not flavorful. The Cheese: Nicely melted American. The Bun: The seeded, hamburger bun was barely toasted. It must have come from a specialty bakery, because only a specialty bakery could turn out a product this useless. The bun was bland and flimsy. It simply fell apart and away from the burger patty as it was being eaten, and I used no condiments. Happy Meal fared worse, because his pickles and ketchup added moisture and weight to the already WEAK bun. He was displeased. The Fries: YECH...they called them "Belgian Fries," so I can only assume that "Belgian" was code for something that is greasy, lank, and undesirable. The fries were very "Belgian." They were also unsalted. Finally, there were two ketchup choices...house-made ketchup and a chipotle ketchup. Neither of these choices was worth a damn--Heinz would have been much preferred. The concept at Oinkster was high-quality, American, comfort food. They called it "Slow Fast Food." In practice, the Oinkster quickly delivered an assemblage of so-so ingredients that comprised a mediocre whole. If you live in Los Angeles, you can safely skip Oinkster--you'll save money on gas--you will miss out on nothing. The value was poor--18 bucks for 2 baskets of bland and a couple of cokes. Burger Review : This was the Obama of cheeseburgers--Popular, Full Of Promise, Talked A Great Game, Over-Priced, Bland, and it generally Under-Performed.
Posted by townie on 07/10/2010
I love this place their roasted chicken is soooo good :)
Posted by jheise128 on 05/12/2010
Considering how popular this little place was before the TV show "discovered" it, now it will be even harder to get in-but it sure is worth it. The pulled pork sandwich is astounding, as are the burgers and the fries. I loooovvve the catsup they make here, as well as the chipotle catsup they also have. The lemon bar dessert is tasty, although the cupcakes can be a little dry. The Occidental crowd has adopted this place, making it-along with Casa Bianca-one of the most popular (and deservedly so) places to eat in Eagle Rock.
Posted by peoriagirl on 12/24/2007
You gotta' check this place out! Your burger will take a little longer to make than at McDonald's, but boy will you be glad you waited! The choice of cheeses on your cheeseburger is outstanding, the fries are the best ever and OMG the milkshakes are made with Fosselman's ice cream - what could be better? On Friday nights, the local car club meets in the parking lot, so you can check out those really cool lo-riders. Patio outside is a great place to check out the neighborhood happenings.