January 5, 2004

Los Angeles Eats

POST #    682

The Original Pantry

Apple Pan

Apple pie from the Apple Pan

Mmm...apple pie

Yum, In-N-Out Burger


While I was in Los Angeles, I ate a lot of unhealthy food. Most of it was cheap, some of it was good.

The Original Pantry, located in Downtown L.A., is a stone's throw away from the Staples Center, and serves steak and chops amongst other items. I had a porterhouse steak with hash browns and peas for $14, which is reasonable, but the quality of the meat wasn't that great. I didn't really care for the style it was cooked in either. They pretty much just throw the steak on the grill. Justin pretty much summed it up when he said, "they cook steak like McDonalds cooks a burger." But, if it's good enough for John Robinson (we saw him there)...

The Apple Pan, around since April 11, 1947, is another area restaurant that we dined at. Well, we actually only stopped there for their apple pie. It was quite delicious, especially with the vanilla ice cream. The burgers are supposedly excellent as well. You have to love a place that has a waiter that has been there for 40 years and where "new guy" has been there 15 years.

In-N-Out Burger = Delicious. Need I say more? I wish I could eat this every day, thankfully, they are only in three states in the West. If I lived there, I would probably end up eating there every day, but that wouldn't work for the West-coast lifestyle, would it?

Norm's Restaurant is the SoCal version of Denny's. It's cheap, decent food. You simply can't beat it for the price. That and they have a cool neon sign. I had steak, chicken fingers, fried shrimp, soup, and salad, for $8. I'm kind of upset that the waitress didn't call Justin or I "honey," "dear," or "sweetie."

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 10:17 AM



the apple pie looks delicious. geez, i'm hungry.

Posted by: corie at January 5, 2004 1:25 PM

oh, it wasn't really that good...wait, who am i kidding, it was excellent.

Posted by: tien at January 5, 2004 1:33 PM

We have Dennys here in SoCAl too

Posted by: alison at January 5, 2004 1:45 PM

oh, yes, i know there are also denny's, but that was just a way of describing norm's. in fact, the one i went to had a denny's right across the street.

Posted by: tien at January 5, 2004 1:47 PM

I hope Norms was beter than Dennys though. Dennys food is pretty nasty. It's one of those places you hit up at like 2a.m. because you've been drinking all night and it's the only thing open. After you've been drinking Dennys starts tasting like a 5 star steak house. hee hee

Posted by: alison at January 5, 2004 5:41 PM

Tien, what happened to Fatburger? Along with In-N-Out, another burger chain sorely missed in NYC!

Posted by: Remy at January 5, 2004 6:26 PM

Did you have the semi-secret off-the-menu burgers at Inn-n-Out?

Posted by: joe s at January 5, 2004 6:26 PM

oooh.. fat burger.. i totally forgot about that one. there was one close to my old place in sd on mission blvd/garnet ave. in n out is better, though. also, i used to soemtimes hit up the denny's on garnet. only good if you're drunk. i did like to order the moons over myhammy. it's fun to say!

Posted by: rachelleb at January 5, 2004 6:35 PM

remy, we passed by some fatburgers, but didn't stop. i think i had enough red-meat while i was out there. it seemed like i had some every day. so much for the mad cow worries.

joe, what semi secret burgers?

Posted by: tien at January 5, 2004 6:59 PM

you didn't visit pink's, i take it? i tried to go last time i was in LA, but i didn't have time. i hear it's good. any first-hand reports?

when i go to LA, i generally eat mostly korean food, as i'm usually staying with family.

as much as i love in-n-out burgers (joe, are you talking about the animal-style burgers, or is there something even more secret??), i can't say that i'm a fan of the fries. give me mcd's any day.

your photos are making me hungry.

Posted by: jeannette at January 5, 2004 7:29 PM

i assume joe is referring to "animal style"? but i found this

Posted by: rachelleb at January 5, 2004 9:12 PM

wow, rachelle. that was eye-opening. now for a nyc in-n-out where i can ask for a burger, animal-style, fries well done, with an neapolitan shake.

in-n-out has their own secret menu on their website: http://www.in-n-out.com/html/frm_secretmenu.html

omg - they have a trailer that you can rent out, complete with an in-n-out "associate"! http://www.in-n-out.com/html/frm_b5.html. we could park one of those babies in central park and CHOW!

Posted by: jeannette at January 5, 2004 9:59 PM

no, unfortunately no visit to pink's. i guess i'll have to do that next time.

hmm, secret menu. i'm not sure i would/could eat all of those. but it would have been cool to order them. and i'm not a big fan of those bible things.

Posted by: tien at January 5, 2004 10:37 PM

Oh, for the love of apple pie...

Posted by: Jen at January 6, 2004 2:19 PM

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