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The Apple Pan

Burger Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Westside, Los Angeles
274 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • french fries
  • lively
  • authentic
  • casual
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  • Eater
    EaterDecember 1, 2010
    A West LA institution: typical diner fare without typical diner taste. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesMay 24, 2013
    One of L.A.'s greatest culinary legacies is the California lunchroom burger, the multi-layered composition of iceberg lettuce, pickles and slightly underripe tomatoes. Read more
  • Sara A.
    Sara AlNasserSeptember 3, 2016
    The whole experience of ordering and waiting for a seat is nice .. Burgers are good but fries are great 😍 .. Don't miss the pecan pie.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Caty S.
    Caty SoloneAugust 7, 2014
    Apple Pan is the BEST burger in town by far. I always get the Hickoryburger with cheese, light on the lettuce, fries, a Dr. Pepper and banana cream pie. Can't go wrong with that order. Cash only.
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 20, 2016
    Rich & with a touch of zip thanks to the burger spot’s proprietary barbecue sauce blend on top, a cheap cash-only burger from this West LA institution is a must-do for anyone passing through the city.
  • Sonny L.
    Sonny LeeAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    My fav burger in LA. There are other fancy good burgers out there, but this is the one I wanna settle down with. Hickoryburger w/cheddar light on lettuce, fries, banana cream pie w/vanilla ice cream
  • Rob H.
    Rob HarolJuly 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hickory Burger is not the original Apple Pan burger, which just goes to prove that you can improve upon perfection. The apple pie is also a must, but their forks are flatter than the GOP's world view.
  • Barry B.
    Barry BloomOctober 12, 2016
    Always my favorite and an absolute classic. Great burgers, but love the tuna on rye. Like the old Greek luncheonettes of my youth in the Bronx. Wedge of homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream.
  • May ♍.
    May ♍August 3, 2015
    Best burger on the West Side! Simple, fresh and cooked to order. Quick service with a professional touch. The pies are a great way to end the meal so you better leave room!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Alexa W.
    Alexa WhitesideMay 21, 2015
    This was the first stop on my LA burger tour. Went alone at around 7 and was able to sit right away. Server was super sweet and the hickory burger with cheddar was delicious.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RMarch 2, 2015
    Here is how it works: there is no waiting list, it's an honor system. Your job is to know who was there before you. It's not a free for all, so don't just shove in when seats open. And don't skip pie.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DellaquilaJune 16, 2016
    Worth the wait if you're just visiting. Free for all first come first seated system. Old school, no frills diner. The pie AND the burgers are delicious. #qualityforever
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.December 24, 2016
    Historical vibes, a spare interior and U-shaped counter centered around a team of chefs who have been perfecting a single dish for years. Get a burger with a cone of Coca-cola and a slice of pie.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 13, 2016
    This popular burger restaurant has been around since the 1940's. The burgers and pies are made the old fashioned way, with quality ingredients and quick counter service. Read more
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaDecember 11, 2016
    Come for a bit of nostalgia, but expect to wait to get a seat. It's a solid burger. The pie here is legit, make sure to save some room. Cash only
  • Huiping H.
    Huiping HuangJuly 21, 2016
    I love the retro atmosphere of this burger joint. The banana cream pie is number one on my list. They serve soft drinks in cone-shaped paper cups, which I have not seen anywhere else. Love it.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJuly 10, 2012
    The Hickory Burger's so good because their recipe for the patty and "special sauce" are a secret. The ground meat is a mixture of prime and choice cuts of beef and the grilled bun gives a crusty edge.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonMay 20, 2015
    Awesome old school burger joint. The steak burger or the hickory burger in their signature relish is incredible. The less people in your party, the better, as seating is a musical chairs melee
    Privy.netMarch 23, 2013
    A kind of retro diner that’s too classy to be defined as Fifties, this place has amazing chocolate cream pie and banana cream pie. Before that, enjoy a choice of five burgers or sandwiches. Read more
  • Triago K.
    Triago KrovacOctober 13, 2011
    Get the hickory burger. Don't forget the apple pie with the rich vanilla ice cream. One of the most delicious burgers and one of the most expensive. The taste is worth every penny!
  • Jarrett K.
    Jarrett KaufmanJanuary 27, 2013
    Expect delicious food and fast, efficient service. Don't expect pleasantries or comfort. Understand that and you'll have one of the best burgers available and a great experience.
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 17, 2016
    Pi day may have been Monday, but you can have a belated celebration with the best pie in town at Apple Pan. Guests rave about the banana cream pie and of course the apple pie. Read more
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.January 28, 2016
    Opened 1947. Classic burger & pie diner in a small house with a U-shaped counter, red leather stools & vintage signs.
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiJanuary 27, 2015
    A LA classic burger place. It is definitely an experience to eat here from the old timer who served us to the decor and seating. It is like a glimpse of a piece of LA history.
  • Joseph D.
    Joseph DileoJuly 1, 2016
    Famous LA spot, super old school, quick bite spot. The burger was good but not mind blowing, it had some composure problems IMHO. Fries great, soda served in a great way as well.
  • Brandon W.
    Brandon WernerOctober 25, 2015
    The best burger I've had in LA. The coffee is unlimited and the incredible servers won't let your cup go empty!
  • Jada Pada
    Jada PadaMay 19, 2013
    Good burger. I didnt get a chance to taste the pies but I'll try it next time. I like the diner concept. Be prepared to stand against the wall and wait until seat(s) become available.
  • Hamoud A.
    Hamoud AlDabbousMay 28, 2016
    Classic burger with retro style feels like the 70's . Try the steak burger it's the best burger here
  • Amanda N.
    Amanda NanawaJuly 3, 2013
    Try their chocolate pie. Basically a tasty chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream. Nice dessert to end your meal. And friendliest, nicest waiters!
  • Loj O.
    Loj OthmanJuly 7, 2016
    Great place with a very delicious food and a fast service, but felt so full that I couldn't try the apple pie :(
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TApril 24, 2016
    Pretty good classic burger and fries. Love the old fashioned diner bar style, definitely a fun place for a quick bite for lunch!
  • Lydia A.
    Lydia AmmosovaJanuary 25, 2011
    I know. I know. It's all about the burgers at this classic LA joint. But, if you don't do the egg salad sandwich with a slice of Tillamook cheddar! Delish!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelApril 1, 2013
    This classic LA burger shack has been open since 1947. Try the ‘Hickory Burger’ as seen on Travel Channel’s Burger Land & recommended by host George Motz.
  • Essa S.
    Essa SharafMarch 12, 2014
    U will never go wrong with the banana pie at the end! Burgers were cooked to perfection
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BrooksMarch 24, 2013
    The person who said just grab a seat that opens was wrong- that's not how this place works. People are very courteous and it's first in, first seated. Also, best apple pie EVER!
  • Benji K.
    Benji KaganAugust 5, 2013
    I don't fuck around with my burgers so instead of opting for their special "hickory" burger I get the steak burger with nothing but lettuce and cheese. The banana cream pie is also the shit.
  • Janis G.
    Janis GemmaAugust 27, 2013
    The Hickory burhet with Cheese ROCKS along with their fries!! I've been coming here for 40 years and they are still GREAT
  • Winnie K.
    Winnie KhooOctober 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Boysenberry Pie: only available Tues, Thurs, Sat! Faves - Banana Cream, Boysenberry Cream, Fries; Skip - Egg Salad Sandwich
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    Don't ask if they have tomatoes if you don't want to receive a side eye from a 60-year-old man who has better things to do than indulge in your outlandish burger requests Read more
  • Abdullah A.
    Abdullah AlkroudSeptember 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Hickory burger is the best👌🏼 and their desserts are really good too 👍🏼
  • Scotty N.
    Scotty NottinghamNovember 1, 2014
    Steak burger and fries with apple pie. Yum. Don't come for the service, come for the food.
  • Jaime F.
    Jaime FoxJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This place isn't for amateurs! Hickory burger w/cheese, banana or chocolate cream pie, coffee. Best diner coffee!
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzOctober 7, 2014
    Don't take your cc! This place is classic and a must for anyone who likes history, hickory and burgers
  • Tiffany W.
    Tiffany WSeptember 21, 2015
    Got the Hickory burger with cheese and it was flippin' good, without too many bells and whistles. And don't forget, it's CASH ONLY!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteJune 27, 2013
    One of those old establishment places akin to Denny's, but not as good, and are hipster-branded so that you go anyway and hate yourself afterwards.
  • Delicacheena
    DelicacheenaJanuary 19, 2010
    It matters where you stand. Once a seat opens up, be there first to sit. Go ahead & enjoy the burger, fries & pie as the others watch. That's how it works here so don't be afraid to offend.
  • Feras A.
    Feras AlmadhiNovember 17, 2013
    The best burger I have ever had. You must try their hickory burger it's to die for ❤️
  • Emily H.
    Emily HummelFebruary 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Hickory burger with cheese is delish, and they make the best egg salad sandwich I've ever had
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShonAugust 6, 2011
    Classic burgers done right. Hickory Burger w/ root beer. Go in and go out. There's people waiting that were just as hungry as you.
  • Thirsty J.
    Thirsty JamesOctober 1, 2015
    Hickory burger WITH Tillamook cheese and yes the soda is still served in paper cups - ha!
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