Hawkins House of Burgers

11603 Slater St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Photo: Garret Snyder


  • Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
This burger joint on the border of South Los Angeles and Compton is perhaps most famous for its Hawkins Special, which, weighing in at five pounds, consists of three one-pound burger patties, cheese, bacon, chilies, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, fried eggs, pastrami, mustard, a butterflied hot dog, pickles and mayo. (Phew!) But the restaurant is also home to one of the area's largest burritos, delicious chili-cheese fries and an outstanding double cheeseburger. They’re open for breakfast too, offering up pancakes, French toast and eggs from 7 a.m. during the week and from 8 a.m. on weekends.

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