Competitor #2: Pie N' Burger
I stopped at this little shanty-looking, dive-diner that looks like it was left straight as it was in the 70’s. Parking wasn’t a breeze, but I don’t fault the burger joint for that. I walked in to find people waiting for seats on those wooden benches you see in the window, and I was pleasantly surprised that I could order my food to go immediately.
The cashier was kind and funny to boot. i don’t know what she said, but I didn’t have to force a laugh, which is nice! I ordered a cheeseburger and fries, but she reminded me of the name of the restaurant. It’s not just Burgers. It’s called Pie N’ Burger. So, I had to get a pie. After much deliberation, I ended up getting a Boysenberry pie. And, let me tell you… that was a good idea.
Only problem was THEY ONLY TAKE CASH! I didn’t have cash because I don’t live in the stone ages, so I had to use the ATM. Although the total cost of the meal was $21.77, let’s add $2.50 on for the ATM fee, which is ludicrous to me. But, so be it.
Got the burger. Went back to my car. Started driving to the Valley and chowed down. The first thing I noticed was the bread. Buttered, crispy, flakey brioche if I had to guess. I don’t know breads very well, but I assume that’s what it was. Delicious. What stood out to me about this burger was the veggies. Man, they piled those suckers on. Fistful of lettuce. Thick slice of tomato. Raw onion that would make a clove of garlic hold its nose, and the thousand island dressing. They’re not there trying to say they have secret sauce. They got thousand island. Take it or leave it, you snob! And, the cheese was melty and gooey in all the right ways.
Now, to the meat! OR the burger as it were! Looking forward to some meat after a plant-based bish-burger yesterday, I got right into it. It was cooked well on the outside, but you know what? It might have been overcooked on the inside because the thing fell apart in little chunks in my mouth. Not a meat that melts in your mouth, but rather a meaty, groundswell of beef chunks. Don’t get me wrong! I love my meat the same way everybody does, but it felt like the meat maybe was ground enough, or something along those lines.
Nonetheless, great burger. Nothing special about this one. Just a straightforward, we’re giving you what we got burger with all the fixings and we’re not afraid to give you a helluva serving.
Let’s get to the rest of the meal while I deliberate the winner of these first two competitors.
The fries were thick, starchy, and hot-hot-hot, but when the waitress asked if I wanted salt, and I politely declined, I wish I’d gotten some. The fries were barely salted! Not something I’m used to, but they were the thickest dang fries I ever did see.
Now, for the dessert, the pie part. Boysenberry is the way to go. The crust was flakey and maybe the best part. The boysenberry was tart and sweet and overall solid. Surprisingly, despite the delicious filling, it was a tad dry! If I’d stayed there, I would have gotten a la mode, which I would recommend because I only ate half so that when I got home, I could slop on my own ice cream, and then… PERFECTION.
All in all, after the first matchup of the LA Summer Burger Bracket, the winner is….