The Apple Pan is a classic lunch counter on the west side of LA, serving hot burgers with fresh beef, wrapped in wax paper and tapped on the counter without any excuse.
I was 25 when I first got there in 1993 and by that time in my life my burger experiences were limited to forgotten fast food deals on the transit of McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy's.
But Apple Pan's Juicy Beef Pate Got Hickory Sauce Tillamook cheddar, sliced cucumbers, creamy mayo, and a thick, cold iceberg completely changed my burgery palate.
This burger was so good that after I ate it I was offended that the big chains made a mockery of everything could be a great burger. (My indignation eventually led to a career of writing books and making a documentary about burgers, which of course led me to eat many and many burgers, so I'm kind of an expert, I do not wanna brag an expert.)
Smashburger, a restaurant chain that opened in 2007, is a counterpart to this continental diner burger. The company lends itself to the technique of taking a ball of hand-molded fresh high-fat meat ̵