Top 5 Hamburgers

Here is how we roll in Cali:

Father's Office, Los Angeles
Hodad's, San Diego
In-N-Out, Baldwin Park
TK Burger, Costa Mesa
Jalama Beach Grill, Santa Barbara

How do you roll?

"Tito's Tacos is also right next door.."


When I had work in the area I'd either go to Tito's or an Indian cafeteria/store (20 pound bag of Basmati rice and fresh cardamon anyone?) kinda place further away (name escapes me) with tasty lentil and grain dishes, exotic fruit lassies, pistachio sprinkled desserts, and Bollywood posters on the walls. Loved the smell of spices walking in the door of some of those ethnic grocers. Ditto in NYC as well. Tito's chips fried in lard sure tasted good. Food pyramid be damned.
West on Washington Blvd. The Samosa House, on Venice Blvd. India Sweets And Spices.
India Sweets and Spices - that's it! The one along Fairfax in West LA. My recollections are a little bent. To bad I'm in AZ these days, because AZ sucks big time for food and all I have are memories of much, much better.
J & J Burger Shack (barbecue)
5754 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles
just East of Farifax & Adams Blvd.

Good location for barbecue. Burgers are good and huge, but their beef ribs great. Pork's good, too. I also like their side dishes. Wood-smoked.

Phillips Barbecue
4307 Leimert Boulevard, Los Angeles
Vernon & Crenshaw Blvd west of 110 fwy.

They have three locations - Leimert Park, Crenshaw, and Inglewood. I've only been to the original in Leimert Park. I usually get the $50 or $100 mix platter for office parties. The drive in on Vernon might scare some that aren't used to that part of town, and it is kinda 'hood. But, everyone is nice once you get there and the food is damn good.

Across the parking lot is a great Jamaican cafe - Ackee Bamboo. Terrific meat patties and the Jerk, Curries, and brown stews are as authentic as you are going to get in LA. They get the complex mix of spices just right so that the heat does not obscure all the individual flavors. I don't break a sweat until the meal is 80% finished. Be prepared for Island Time or CPT(colored people's time), as my grandmother and parents used to say, in getting your food. Some days it's quick, others can take a few minutes. but it is always worth he wait.

Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken
2600 E Alondra Blvd
Compton, CA 90221

also a brand new location in re-vitalized Culver City
9537 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

I prefer the Compton location - cheaper, more bare-bones, and closer to my house. The new Culver City shop is bright, clean, and very professional looking. Chicken is fresh, juicy, and a great crust. Their biscuits are out of this world.
Who do you work for Sysco Foods? You know all "the" spots. Phillips is worth the trip, but I really like Woodies BBQ at 3446 W. Slauson

As for burgers do you remember Fudruckers in Torrance and Woodies flame grilled in El Segundo both very good burgers!!
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