2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9004134.139509 -118.210521
Neighborhoods: Eagle Rock, East LA
The pastrami sandwich, the burger, the veggie burger and the fries are all winners. Oh and the milkshakes. They're amazing, especially the ube and the seasonal milkshakes.
This crazy-popular place has a line from the moment it opens the door until late at night. The menu's all over the board for a burger place that's anything but basic. Plantains? Yes! Exotic shakes? You bet. The burgers are pretty solid, but wish the pastrami had a little more personality.
They're known for their pastrami but I love their chicken and Brie sammy!
Juicy-delicious cheeseburger ‘n thick shakes. Belgian fries must be dipped in garlic aioli or ordered piggy style for a very guilty pleasure
Not Worth It – Pretty pricey for a "fast-food" restaurant. Keep an eye on your food. You get up to refill a drink and your table gets cleaned and your meal ends up in the trash. Avoid at all costs.
OK but really slow – I know they say they are slow, but no one wants slow. A burger doesnt take 20 minutes. OK and the buns. They get soaked with the juicy burgers. Hey folks, TOAST EM. Add some butter garlic as well and they would be the bomb. Pastrami is great however.
Can someone explain to me how this is cheap? – I'm a little confused how this place was considered cheap. My Pastrami sandwich which came with no sides was $9. I won't be going back.
Good Food, Great Service – I took my family here recently (we have a two year old and a four year old) and we enjoyed it very much. The hamburger, shake, and fries we had were very good, but what I remember the most is the friendly service. It was sunny out and one of the waiters came out and put out an umbrella for shade. Another woman came by a couple times to make sure we were taken care of. So its definitely not your typical "fast food" place. And it is "slow" fast food, so be prepared to wait a little bit for your food. Loved it. Plan to go back.
Terrific "Slow Fast Food" ~ just great
I found this place just charming and the food was terrific. I am from New Orleans, so I take my fatty food very seriously; great fries (that super crisp twice fried Belgian style), yummy pulled pork (add he sauce, it's just a touch dry) and my boyfriend had a huge hamburger that he liked. The ketchup that was supposed to be special somehow just tasted like the regular stuff (and the one identified as chipotle tasted identical) but I don't really care about that; the food was satisfying and carefully prepared. They have sodas in bottles that are good and sort of obscure (ergo; fun) and cup cakes that looked wonderful, but we were too stuffed to contemplate them.
For some reason on a Saturday evening the parking lot was full of people with vintage cars so there was no place to park, which seems like an odd business decision ~ maybe they all eat a meal while they hang around, but it didn't look like it, more like a lot of people drinking beer in the parking lot. This seemed semi-official since there was one guy with a table set up on the patio selling car-related stuff (again, odd business decision).
I recommend this place. The idea of "slow fast food," while not original, is well executed here and the service is friendly and good. I didn't mind waiting, it's not some drive-through junk but real food.
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Quality has gone down :( – It was pretty good in the beg. but the last 2 times I have gone the service was bad and the food (Burger and Pulled pork) was not as tasty as before. The pulled pork barely had any well pulled pork and the burger was bland and over cooked when it should of ben med rare.
Hope the restaurant picks up its act as no one wants to pay their prices if the foods quality is not going to match.
not worth the hype – We've been there 3 times in the past 2 years. The "kids" behind the counter could care less. The pastrami, which has a great flavor is very fatty. When you ask if they can trim it, they just say no because it's all been sliced and is in a steam table behind the counter. Most places trim that huge hunk of fat off the brisket before slicing it, but not here. The ketchup containers were almost empty, so my son encountered an air pocket and got covered with ketchup when trying to get some out. The crew behind the counter were too busy talking to notice the ketchup mess, or that the iced tea container was empty.
I read good reviews for the roasted chicken so I figured the chicken salad sandwich would be a good bet, but I was SO wrong. The chicken was tiny cubes and shreds of chicken. My sandwich also had a dime sized small bone, some gristle, and some skin in it. It was served on a dry crumbly roll with a large nest of strong onion, old tomato and mayo. The chicken had no way of staying on the roll since there was nothing holding the chunks together. It didn't help that the chicken tasted like the fridge. 3 of us, $32.00 later and never again.
it's funky, which is fine, but the lack of consistent quality coupled with the attitude of the kids working there takes it over the top. I know somebody tried very hard to do something different here, which it admirable, but they only got 30% of the concept and then gave up. You need to establish the quality, train the cooks and train the counter help. Somebody needs to ask the customers how the experience was. Nobody wants to ask that question of the customers leaving. Sorry.
you've got to be kidding – it's not that cheap and the bbq is far below pat and oscars (which i consider pretty bad). did someone pay for this review? there is never a crowd there for a reason...it's just not that good compared to the selection you have all around that area.
Much Improved--now a favorite! – I have to admit, when Oinkster first opened, we were somewhat disappointed, but over the last 6 months or so, the food has just gotten better and better. The pastrami is made from high quality meat and is moist and very spicy. The cheese burgers are fabulous and you can even choose from a variety of cheeses. While I'd prefer thicker-cut french fries, the garlic-mayonaise dip is wonderful. They also have added a selection of beers on tap. And, if you even have room, their desserts are fun. It's one of our favorite "special-treat" places.
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