ROAD TRIP TO KOREATOWN FOR RAMEN BURGER AND CASSELL’S HAMBURGER

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I love a good burger.  Who doesn’t?  So after hearing great reviews about two burger places outside of DTLA, I decided to jump in the car and take a road trip… to Koreatown.  Okay, it was a short road trip.

First up was Cassell’s Hamburgers on the corner of 6th and Normandie.  Cassell’s is a Los Angeles institution that dates back to 1948.  It disappeared for a while, but re-opened last year at the historic and newly renovated Normandie Hotel.  The restaurant looks like a classic 1950’s diner and the staff is super friendly.  I ordered the 1/3 lb. cheeseburger ($11.99).  It’s a house ground prime beef patty served with Thousand Island dressing, L.T.O.P. (lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle) on a Parker House bun plus a side of their famous potato salad.  The burger was good, nothing to rave about, but the potato salad was chocked full of horseradish.  It was impossible to eat.  I’m glad I tried Cassell’s but I don’t need to go back anytime soon.  There are better burgers right here in DTLA.

It was a very different story at The Original Ramen Burger on Vermont Avenue just north of 3rd Street.  Don’t blink of you will miss it.  It’s just a walk-up window behind the bus stop.  I ordered the Original, a prime ground chuck patty sandwiched between two buns made of freshly cut ramen noodles.  They add this special shoyu glaze.  Delicious.  It’s a hamburger and ramen noodles at the same time.  Perfection.  Okay, here’s my complaint with this place… parking in the area is a nightmare.  We parked in the shopping center next door despite the tow-away signs, and because this is a walk-up window, there is no place to sit and enjoy your food.  We had to eat in the car.  You know what?  I need to stop my whining because Ramen Burger is worth the trouble.  Now we just need to get them to open a Ramen Burger in DTLA.

Cassell’s Hamburgers 3600 W. 6th Street (at Normandie) Koreatown 213.387.5502

The Original Ramen Burger 239 Vermont Avenue (just north of 3rd) Koreatown

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2 Responses to ROAD TRIP TO KOREATOWN FOR RAMEN BURGER AND CASSELL’S HAMBURGER

  1. Cindy James says:

    wow a burger with ramen noodle for a bun, sounds soooooooo interesting. At first I thought it was shredded potato, that would be yummy! Love your adventures, keep them coming.

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