The Astronomer and I first noticed Fair Oaks Burger while dining al fresco across the street at Pizza of Venice. Its promise of all-American burgers as well as Chinese and Mexican fare piqued our collective stomachs, so we agreed to stop in for a bite soon. I like to support local businesses.
Our family strolled to Fair Oaks Burger for dinner last Friday night. I was craving a cheeseburger, June was in the mood for noodles, and The Astronomer was up for anything, per usual. Three cuisines under one roof is certainly convenient!
As we lined up at the counter and placed our awesomely diverse order—one cheeseburger, a plate of chow mein, and a carne asada taco—I kept thinking to myself that this was an “only in L.A.” kinda moment.
My cheeseburger combo ($6.19) was good, but not exceptional. Super Burger still makes my favorite cheeseburger in the neighborhood. The quarter-pound patty was cooked through, while the single slice of American was melty enough. It was served on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, pickles, Thousand Island, and mayonnaise.
June and I agreed that highlight of the basket was the onion rings. So crispy, so golden…
June and The Astronomer shared the Grilled Tiger Shrimp chow mein ($8.29) with carrots, broccoli, cabbage, onions, bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, and bean sprouts in a “homemade teriyaki sauce.” June was pleased with her choice, and The Astronomer was pleased that the shrimp were cooked well.
And finally, a carne asada taco ($1.69) with all the toppings—onion, tomato, cilantro, and cheese. Similar to my burger, the taco was good but not exceptional.
While no one particular dish blew us away this evening, we’re super-stoked to have such variety within walking distance of home. Who says nobody walks in L.A.?
Fair Oaks Burger
2560 Fair Oaks Avenue
Altadena, CA 91001
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