As a native Angeleno, I've been eating at the Apple Pan for as long as I can remember. And in all those years, nothing has ever changed. Those perfect California-style burgers, the soda in paper cone cups, the all-business and extremely efficient waiters who have worked there for decades, the u-shaped counter that requires Father's Office-esque hovering have always remained unchanged.
While we rarely cross La Cienega from our neck of the woods, we had to do a little stroller shopping over in Century City so off to the Pan we went. (Isn't this a great shot of the electric Maclaren?!)
We were hoping to use our portable highchair but unfortunately the counter was too thick so Tater had to stay in his stroller next to us. Luckily we finagled a corner seat next to the cash register which had an extra space that was perfect for the stroller.
We tried a tuna sandwich for the first time and a hickory burger with an order of fries. Predictably, our waiter quickly brought over our drinks and our little plate of fries.
He knew we were splitting the sandwich and burger so he had the kitchen cut each in half - so thoughtful. Tuna was great and the Hickory Burger was heaven, as perfect as we had remembered. And as always, we didn't leave room for pie. Someday.
Towards the end of our meal, Tater was a bit upset, so I held him in my arms, introducing him to the Pan and telling him that someday we'll bring him back for his own little Hickory Burger, or maybe just a few bites of mine!
There are a handful of just perfectly classic LA spots that provide visitors with a feeling of the LA of yesteryear. I think the Apple Pan rests comfortably at the top of the list.
For two great write-ups about the Apple Pan, see here and here.
The Apple Pan
10801 Pico Boulevard
LA, CA 90064