September 16, 2014

Haché LA

Every once you awhile, I stumble across a local gem that I want to talk about with everyone while simultaneously wanting to maintain its "under the radar" identity.  Despite the clear tension created by these competing interests, my generous spirit always seems to win (ha).  So whether you fancy burgers or not, I’m here to share with you a steak haché joint that will quickly be identified on LA’s (ongoing) list of best burgers… just in time for its grand opening this Thursday, September 18, 2014!

Haché LA serves burgers… but not in a conventional way.   First and foremost, true to its French namesake, each burger boasts steak that is minced in an in-house meat grinder.  Second, due to this process, the steak is juicy without being fatty.  The other accompanying ingredients compliment the oval minced steak patty well, but what really stole the show is the bun -- fluffy, buttery, and delicious!

Outdoor Patio.

Super refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade -- $3.25

Like its sister restaurant, Mick's Karma Bar in Irvine, CA, the burgers are lean and mean.  And while every bite in your burger is unique, it also reminds you of something familiar.  For me, I tasted hints of In N Out and Shake Shack (the best of both coasts), all wrapped up in a wonderful warm brioche (I'm not even a huge fan of bread, but this bun is worth the raves, promise).  Best of all, the burgers are totally affordable!  For a burger meal (burger+fries+lemonade), the total bill comes out to less than $10.  Seriously, for both quality and quantity, what a steal!

Of the two burgers that I sampled, the slight, but gradual heat of the Habanero Burger won my vote.

Habanero Burger -- with habanero chiles, queso fresco, garlic mayo, lettuce, tomato -- $6.25

But the Karma burger is fab too, in its own classic way.

Karma Burger -- with American cheese, red onion, tomato, lettuce -- $5.75

Crispy French Friets -- $3.50

The friets reminded me of British chips (aka - fries).  Each fry has just the right amount of potato, salt, and golden crispiness.  If and when Haché LA adds some seasoning for a kick or some fun dip flavours, you will likely be in French fry heaven (and who wouldn't want that?).

I foresee myself frequenting Haché LA, not just for a reliable burger fix, but also to hang out and chill with the friends and family in an unpretentious and comfortable setting.  See you there!

cuisine: American burger with an European twist
location: Silverlake
hours: Open Daily. Sun-Wed: noon-10pm; Thu-Sat: noon-midnight
websites: { yelp | facebook | twitter | instagram }
parking: Free adjacent lot or street meters
attire: Casual
price: $5-10
notes: In addition to delicious food, there are several additional awesome things about Hache LA: (1) free parking lot, adjacent to the restaurant, (2) outdoor seating, (3) good (not too loud) music, and (4) more menu items to come!