Is It Any Good?

Highland Park gets it’s own high end Burger Joint, and it ain’t half bad.

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You think Highland Park, you think College Town.

Actually, I used to think Auto Repair joints and Mexican Grocery Stores, but…that’s when I was a lot more naive and, yes…stupid.

Highland Park has got a lot more of the hipster to it now. And…I can’t believe I’m saying this, that may be a good thing.

And like all hipster areas, Highland Park deserves a first class, primo, Chef-centric Burger Joint that is not named Umami or Plan Check. Their version is Fusion Burgers, and…I like it here.

I swear to you, Fusion Burgers doesn’t look like much on the outside. In fact, it looks like a typical neighborhood Burger joint. A couple of parking spots along a mini strip mall in the heart of town. An Order window on the outside, so you can get your Burger in a hurry.

But step inside, and…wow.

The House Burger...before I ...you know...tear into it.

The House Burger…before I …you know…tear into it.

The vibe is relaxed. The Waitstaff friendly and welcoming. The ambiance…wait. Wait. Is that a touch of elegance I’m feeling?

Could I actually bring a date here?

Why, yes. Yes I could.

Not sure what we’re going to do after, but…I could totally bring a date to Fusion Burgers and not feel ashamed of myself.

Yeah, I really, really like this place. I like what they’re doing here, and I especially like there doing it in a part of L.A that is off the beat and path.

You walk in. There’s a hostess stand to your left where you can sign in.

Oh, and just before you walk in, there’s actually a to-go window where you can pick up your Burger and run.

For me, it was lunch in the middle of the week, and there weren’t a lot of people. So I was able to waltz in and—

—is that a chalkboard menu on the wall? Sweet!

Yessssss!!!!

Yessssss!!!!

I’m sorry, but I’m a sucker for Chalkboard menus, providing me with even the illusion of an ever changing menu and market driven options.

Fusion Burgers is a good place. It serves up a delicious burger, and…best part. I don’t think everyone knows that…yet.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, first time here. I went with the House Burger. It’s your basic, perfectly prepared patty of meat with Thousand Island dressing, Boston lettuce (not sure what that is), Pancetta, oven dried tomatoes and yellow cheddar. If you want to step to the plate and prove you can cook up a good burger, this is how you do it.

The Natural Cut Fries...

The Natural Cut Fries…

You follow that up the Natural Cut Fries. It’s your basic shoestring fries (skin on), and plated in such a way that it reminded me of Umami, right down to the choice of dishware. I’m not sure they’re making their own ketchup at Fusion, but hell…good enough. Perfect accompaniment to my meal.

Oh, and don’t forget the Mexican Coke, you know, the one with real sugar in it?

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: There’s nothing too odd about Fusion Burgers, except coming East on York Blvd., aka the direction you’d be taking if you come at the restaurant from the 2 Freeway, the sign is a bit hard to see from that direction. Coming West on York, it’s as clear as day. You can’t miss it.

 

PARKING: Pretty dang easy. Fusion Burgers shares a free lot with a couple of other stores as it’s part of a strip mall (Hey, mark of quality here in L.A.). It all depends on how crowded the restaurant is, and how busy the other stores are. I don’t see too much of a problem. Failing the lot, which could happen on a busy night, seek street parking along York Blvd.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Fusion Burgers
5933 York Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Tel: (323) 257-8705

Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 9:00pm