Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Apple Pan

The Brother and I went out to dinner last night.  We were looking for a good Mexican restaurant, but after wandering around for a few blocks couldn't find one and ended up at the famous Apple Pan.

Neither of us had ever been here, although as a local legend, most people have at least heard of The Apple Pan, and I've been wanting to go for a while.  It turned out to be a fun choice.  Very little has changed over the years at The Apple Pan, probably the only change has been the prices.  I'm a big fan of if it ain't broke, don't fix it, not to mention simplicity, so I really liked the menu:

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Seriously, that's it.  That's the whole menu.

We both had the steakburger with fries and a soft drink, served as shown:


Everything was fresh, delicious and more than filling, and of course the retro ambiance was fun.  We didn't even get to try out the famous pies, we were so stuffed from dinner.

One of the fun things about this place is that your food is prepared right in front of you.  You can practically reach out and touch them as they fly through food prep.  It was a well-oiled machine and fascinating to watch.


My brother is a bigtime burger guy and this place is just a few minutes from his office.  He's always looking for a good place to eat after work, especially on Fridays, so he'll definitely be back.  I'm not on the Westside much these days, but if I was in that part of town I'd go back, if for no other reason than to support a local institution, but with the caveat that I wouldn't have to wait too long for seating.  The only drawback of The Apple Pan is that the dining area is extremely small, just a U-shaped counter around the cooking station.  We were fortunate to get seats pretty quickly, but by the time we left, there were as many people as seats standing around waiting for a vacancy.  I'm not good at waiting, especially if I don't have any idea how long my wait will be.

As a local favorite, of course The Apple Pan has been featured by another beloved local treasure: Huell Howser.

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