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Hawkins House of Burgers: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013 

Thursday, Feb 28 2013
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Located a few blocks from the iconic Watts Towers, Hawkins House of Burgers is a small grocery store known for its behemoth burgers, as well as its half-century in business. The signature burger is undoubtedly the Whipper, an impressive construction of double-stacked beef patties fused together with melted American cheese and topped with shaved pastrami and a butterflied hot link. The pastrami is peppery and tender; the sausage link snaps and bursts with spicy juice; and the hand-shaped beef patty is griddled to a fine char. Garnished by mustard, onions, dill pickle chips and sweet relish, this burger tastes like a greatest-hits compilation of all things you could ever desire from a neighborhood burger shack. The kitchen might be slow, but hanging around outside the worn building waiting for your takeout is half the experience. 11603½ S. Slater St., Watts; (323) 563-1129, hawkinsburgers.com. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Burgers $4-$16. No alcohol.

 

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The 99 Essential Restaurants List:

A-Frame
Alma
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Attari Sandwich Shop
Bäco Mercat
Bar Amá
The Bazaar
Bestia
BierBeisl
Bludso's
Cacao Mexicatessen
Canelé
La Casita Mexicana
Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas
Chichen Itza
Chung King
Cole's
Coni'Seafood
Cube Cafe & Marketplace
Din Tai Fung
Eva
Father's Office
Fred 62
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Go's Mart
Il Grano
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Hatfield's
Ha Tien Quan
Hawkins House of Burgers
Hayat's Kitchen
El Huarache Azteca
Huckleberry
The Hungry Cat
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Jar
Jitlada
JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Kang Ho Dong Baekjong
Kiriko
Kiyokawa
Kogi Truck
Krua Siri
L&E Oyster Bar
Langer's
Little Dom's
Lucques
Ludo Truck
Lukshon
Mariscos Jalisco
Matsuhisa
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Milo and Olive
Mo-Chica
Musso & Frank
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
Nickel Diner
Night + Market
Oinkster
Osteria Mozza
Pann's
Pa-Ord Noodle
El Parian
Park's BBQ
Philippe the Original
Picca
Pink's
Pizzeria Mozza
Playa
Pollo a la Brasa
Providence
R&R Soul Food
Ración
Red Medicine
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Rivera
Rocio's Moles de los Dioses
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Savoy Kitchen
Sea Harbour
Shanghai No. 1 Village Seafood
Soban
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
The Spice Table
Superba Snack Bar
Tacos Leo
The Tasting Kitchen
Tavern
Tsujita LA
Vincenti Ristorante
Wurstküche
Zam Zam Market

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