25.4.12

Jacks Classic

There is a purpose to burgers, and it is largely this...

We're driving through the valley one dark winter evening and we're on our way to a comedy club, which is not high on our list of loves. We're hungry, having come straight from work, and we need something quick and easy.

So we're driving along Riverside Drive and lo and behold - here on the corner near the freeway is Jack's Classic Hamburgers, which we didn't really have on the to-eat list, but had heard things about from my father. So we pulled over, a little late, did a highly skilled U-turn and found a spot in the 7-Eleven parking lot.
Jack's has been in the same spot since 1979 and has all kinds of tasteful old burger paraphenalia around the little shack it occupies (burger spots in LA love their retro stylings). And the burger is a taste of old fashioned burger glory. Very straightforward, fresh, juicy but not oozing, not too mayonaisey, not too original, not too ketchupy, fatty, buttery or dry. Everything was just very 'not-too', which is exactly what you want when you're driving through the valley and you need a burger.

The purpose of the burger was fulfilled that night.  Sadly it was too dark for me to get a good picture of it, so you'll just have to imagine it...Just think of a classic burger and you got it.  We think this one will rate very highly overall. Here's the scores for Jack's:

Meatiness - 5
Succulentiousness - 4
Bun - 2
Flavor - 4
Stay Togetherness - 3
Joint - 3

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