Some restaurants are Southern California institutions, filled with memories and delicious foods. One such place is Hamburger Hamlet and it is with a heavy heart that I found out it is shutting down one of it’s last remaining locations in the Los Angeles area, on South Lake Avenue, by January 2.
South Lake Avenue is filled with swanky shops and unique eateries, so it was nice to have a blast from the past like Hamburger Hamlet to turn to. While the hamburger used to be the stuff of fast food restaurants only, Hamburger Hamlet was amongst the first nicer places to transform the humble burger into a real meal.
In addition to the classic way of serving the hamburger, Hamburger Hamlet also introduced other favorite menu items to the world, such as “The Marilyn Burger”, “Those Potatoes”, “Zucchini Zircles”, and “The Lobster Bisque.” And it was one of my favorite places for a really expensive shake, because it was always consistently deliciously rich and creamy, with no surprises as to whether or not there would be enough chocolate in the mix. Besides, what goes better with a perfect burger than a perfect shake?
While the loss of Hamburger Hamlet may be sad for native Angelenos like myself, who has celebrated everything from birthdays to graduations in the comfy booths, it doesn’t mean a loss of jobs for the staff.
Du-par’s, another hallowed historic chain with roots in the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market, has taken on the lease and it is said that the staff will remain as well. The diner is best known for its super pancakes and pies.