Saturday, March 1, 2008
Pasty Burgers in Hollywood
A very quick dud of the week regarding the much-hyped Lucky Devils in Hollywood.
I am a huge burger person. I crave it. I devour it. I look for more places that serve it. I recently formed a burger-eating club that meets at least once a month to sample the best burgers that LA has to offer. First stop: a disappointment.
I ordered a Black Angus Cheeseburger that comes with caramelized onions and garlic aioli on a toasted brioche bun with a choice of green salad or carrot slaw. I didn't go for the Kobe burger because it has bacon and blue cheese on it, which I don't like with my burger.
I like mine medium rare and it was medium rare. The problem was the flavor and texture of the meat patty. Flavor was non-existent (no amount of barbecue sauce helped) and texture was like the meat had been ground for too long to the point of being pasty. There was also not enough fat in the patty so the meat wasn't juicy enough. The brioche bun was ok but not enough to salvage the burger.
You know it's not a great burger joint when the best thing about it is the pineapple and balsamic vinegar dressing on the green salad. The dressing was light and only slightly sweet. It helped me feel less full after eating about 2/3 of the burger. The thin-cut french fries were not very crunchy and seemed like they had been refried one too many times.
It's also in an ugly, incredibly touristy part of town (a group of British teenagers asked me if there was an In-N-Out Burger anywhere nearby -- needless to say, they were pretty far off.) As another disincentive, affordable or street parking nearby is impossible.
6613 Hollywood Blvd.