A good burger can fill you with gratitude, like opening presents all Christmas morning. It can turn bad days to good equipped with the distinct satisfaction of cheesy simplicity. It's handheld therapy with a side of fries.
Dirty Flat Top Cheeseburger
The Friendly — San Diego, CA
When you step into The Friendly's North Park location in San Diego, know that you're not there for vibes or decor or aesthetics. The grease stains on the ceiling and the lewd graffiti and dirty jokes scrawled on the bathroom wall do not care if they'll never make your timeline. What you're there for is one of the best cheeseburgers that you'll have — ever. Forget the details, I'll give you the satisfaction of finding that out in real life once you order the Dirty Flat Top Cheeseburger.
Zamora Bros. — Los Angeles, CA
The pork paradise at the Zamora Bros location on Pico is a welcoming and warm haven that will treat you to the best parts of the pig cooked to perfection. Hot cabinets brimming with expertly fried carnitas and other porky delights like tongue, belly, intestines, and snout are what will draw you here. However, chatting it up with the owner Yanina Zamora or her son Andrew over incredible tacos or their one of a kind Mexican coffee are reasons to stay.
Ricotta-Stuffed Squash Blossoms
Per L'Ora — Los Angeles, CA
Every time I see squash blossoms on the menu, I have to order it. The ones at Per L'Ora are overflowing with caramelized shallots and supple ricotta cheese, meaning these may be the best stuffed squash blossoms that I have ever had the pleasure of parking on my palate.
French Omelette w/ Trout Roe Sandwich
Maison Matho — Los Angeles, CA
A perfectly crusty baguette that yields to pillowy bread is the perfect cradle for this silky French omelette that's dotted with briny trout roe and graced with French butter and creme fraiche. This is the sandwich you treat yourself to if you have the luxury of time on your side to savor each of its tasty details.
Amboy Style, Classic Patty Cheeseburger
Amboy Quality Meats — Los Angeles, CA
Of course you're getting one of the best burgers in LA if its at burger guru and host of The Burger Show, Alvin Cailan's restaurant, Amboy Quality Meats. Amboy is a veritable temple of burgers and I am a mere hungry pilgrim bowing down within its confines.