3600 W. Sixth St.
Los Angeles, CA 90020-5004
Critics' Pick

Photo by Anne Fishbein 2/3 lb. Cheeseburger with Ranch sauce and L.T.O.P. (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle)


  • Sun.-Thu., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 a.m.-mid.
  • Takeout
The original Cassell's was opened in 1948 by Al Cassell. Cassell was famous for a few things, most notably his burgers cooked on a crossfire broiler. For many years those burgers had the reputation of being the best in the city. Cassell served his burgers plainly, made his own mayonnaise and refused to serve french fries. Instead, he made potato salad, tingling with hot mustard (or was it horseradish?). The burger is a thing of simple beauty, served on a Parker House bun, with lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion on the plate for you to utilize at will. You can add bacon or a fried egg or even avocado if you'd like, but it really doesn't need any of that. This burger is going to make for a great few minutes of eating. The chef grinds Colorado Angus chuck and brisket daily for the patties, using the original Cassell's grinder. Maybe it's the meat, maybe it's the grinder, maybe it's the magic of that grill. Whatever — it's a damn fine burger. Read our full review.

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