May 26, 2010, 2:06 PM
Post #23 of 52
Not surprisingly, all this talk sent me on a burger run today. I remembered that I liked the one I had a few months ago at Cafe Magaña in beautiful downtown Riberas del Pilar, so we headed over there.
This is now my benchmark burger in the Lake Chapala area. Way better than the vast majority available around here, and I don't know anybody making a better one right now. (But that search will continue, and I will give Los Miches another shot.) The patty was good (6 ounces it says on the menu), plus gouda and bacon if you want it, plus tomatos, lettuce, pickles, onion (even sauteed if you prefer), all the liquid condiments brought, etc. Jalapeños also offered. And since his real specialty there is fish and chips, he definitely knows how to make french fries. 69 pesos for the entire plate, so it's not a bargain burger by any stretch, but it's a good fix. In fact, I couldn't eat it all, but I'm a bit of a whimp.
Peter: Johnny Rockets opened its first location in the '80s on Melrose Ave. in swanky West Hollywood/Los Angeles. It's a fake, cutesy 1950's-'60s burger joint Americana/nostalgia thing. Became wildly successful and then they started cloning them and opening spots in other large cities. I avoided them for a long time because the concept was such a cliche, but once someone finally dragged me into one, I had to admit they make a fine burger.
Of course, we can't talk burger chains without at least mentioning In 'n Out, and my all-time favorite FATBURGER in Los Angeles. (The FATBURGER fetish may have something to do with college days and 3 a.m. post-night-club runs, I admit.)
(This post was edited by tashby on May 26, 2010, 2:14 PM)