Apple Pan

10801 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310-475-3585
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  • Tues.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun. 11:00 a.m.-midnight
  • Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Some restaurant experiences are simply a rite of passage for L.A. food lovers, and the tense wait for a stool at Apple Pan’s U-shaped counter is one of those experiences. Opened in 1947, the burger joint has barely changed in its 70-year history. Once you swoop in and grab your seat, your choice is simple: hickory burger or steak burger? If you’re looking for a touch of smoky barbecue flavor, go for the former; if you’re more of a purist, the latter. There are some non-burger sandwiches on the menu, including simple egg salad or tuna salad, but it’s unlikely that’s why you’re here. The no-nonsense waiters will ask you gruffly if you want anything else when you finish your classic, immensely satisfying burger. The correct answer is, “Apple pie please, à la mode.” Gobble it up, pay your bill (they accept cash only), and get out of the way so one of the people waiting along the back wall can get their taste of edible American history. —Besha Rodell

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