Coppermine wrote:AD, you live in arguably the Mecca of all fast food. My brief time spend in the Inland Empire exposed me to more fast food restaurants than I even knew existed. There is more fast food in the greater Los Angeles area than in all of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delware and West Virginia combined. Maybe, I don't have exact figures or anything, but geez... you SoCal people and your fast food is like a religion. Where I went to college, there was a McDonalds and a Burger King. That's it!
So, AD, your argument here is unfair. You have more choices than any of us when it comes to getting a quick bite. Heck, out here, Carl's Jr. is called Hardees. They serve the same food, but people still think McDonalds makes a better burger.
True, I tend to take fast food for granted because here, you'll have your typical McDonald's/Carl's Jr./Burger King/Jack in the Box/KFC on every other corner at least. I usually stay away from these places except for Popeye's. I like our local fast food restaurants better than the "big boys", places like Pink's, Tito's Tacos, and Roro's Chicken than patronize a restaurant whose frequent locations smack of urban sprawl and so-so food.
L.A. is probably burger capital of the world. Of course, you have McDonald's being born in the L.A. area and you have your local bastions of burger supremacy, like Tommy's, In-N-Out, and Apple Pan. Then, you have your upscale retro burger diners like Johnny Rocket's or Fuddrucker's but good grief, I wouldn't pay $9 for a double cheeseburger that tastes like In-N-Out's Double Double and can get for fraction of the price at In-N-Out. A step up is those swanky bars, brewpubs, and fancy restaurants that serve "luxury" burgers with some kind of med. rare 1/2 pound Kobe/angus/sirloin beef and some fancy fix-ins. Just within a 2 to 3-mile radius of my office, we have 4 or 5 places that boast the best burger in town, or at least, in Hollywood. In particular I like this one burger joint called Lucky Devils that has hands down, the best beer selection in Hollywood (40 microbrews/Belgian beers). Burgers there are great, but I've had better. Father's Office has the best I've had and have an even better beer selection, though all I care about usually is Alesmith Old Numbskull and Russian River Pliny the Elder.
Cu, I still think you're a good fit for L.A. For some reason, I could see you being a foodie.