December 6, 2013 |
Forget the war on Christmas; now the nanny statists have taken aim at another storied holiday tradition (at least if you live in Wisconsin): cannibalism. OK, wait, that's not quite accurate (though it is a heck of lede). It's actually the “cannibal sandwich” that has caught the all-seeing eye of Big Government - and it doesn't like what it's seeing. First, some background, for those folks who live in normal places and eat normal food - or those who are having visions of the wood-chipper scene in “Fargo” (which wasn't even set in Wisconsin, by the way, for you geographically challenged Californians)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 |
For years Sonia Hong has dished out hamburgers and fries on paper plates decorated with customers' smiling portraits and the inscription "just for you. " But fans of Irv's Burgers in West Hollywood will understand Thursday if there are frowning faces sketched on their plates as the 63-year-old walk-up eatery closes for the last time. The burger stand, once a haunt for musicians such as Jim Morrison and Janice Joplin and featured as album artwork for a Linda Ronstadt recording, is being squeezed out by rising rents and the property owner's demand that the owners replace its leaky corrugated tin roof - something Hong says she cannot afford.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2013 |
Angelo's Drive-In didn't change, even when its slice of the city -- by the train tracks and the highway -- turned gritty. Customers moved to nicer neighborhoods. But they still flocked to the 1950s burger joint because of all the things that stayed the same: the chili, the Thousand Island dressing, the red-vinyl booths faded to orange. Angelo didn't own it anymore, of course. He'd sold it to his nephew Jim Karos, a Greek immigrant who ran it with his son Junior. In 2004, Junior sold it to Kay Lim and Ken Chea, Cambodian immigrants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 |
As an actor, Harry Lewis took second billing to the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson, most notably in the 1948 film noir "Key Largo. " But he found his own starring role as a Los Angeles restaurateur who helped usher in the concept of the "gourmet burger" when he launched the ground-breaking Hamburger Hamlet restaurant chain, among others. Hamburger Hamlet - named after one of the signature items on the menu, as well as the role that beckons to actors of stage and film alike - became that rare high-low hit. Among the restaurant's regulars: Ronald Reagan, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Curtis - all Lewis' buddies from the film business. But it was also a place for Los Angeles families looking for a night out that included milkshakes.
May 20, 2013 |
A word of advice. Never use the phrase "just a burger" with Nancy Silverton. I did and was promptly challenged on every aspect of burger-making, starting with where to buy the meat, what grind, size of patty, how to cook it, what to serve with it, what pickle, what bun, what ketchup, what mayonnaise, what mustard, what cheese, how thick to slice the avocado, what bacon, what smoke on the bacon, what occasion. The co-founder of Campanile restaurant and La Brea Bakery may be famous for more sophisticated food, but to her, the burger is one of the great American dishes, and exactly the thing that she likes to give friends for an end-of-summer barbecue.
May 8, 2013 |
There is something about hamburgers that seems to inevitably lead to excess. And May being National Hamburger Month (wait, you hadn't heard?), we're seeing it in spades. The most recent exhibit is this $100 hamburger from an Atlantic City casino. It's not only the price of the thing that is so crazy - though it does make the uproar several years ago over Daniel Boulud's $29 hamburger stuffed with short ribs, foie gras and truffles seem positively quaint. Mother's Day dining guide It's more the object itself, which looks kind of like one of those car crash photos they used to show in drivers ed classes.