“DAILY BREEZE” NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: Friday, February 14, 2003


B&R Old Fashioned Burgers

What the heck is a Culinary Detective you ask?

Well let me explain things to you a little bit. You know when you are driving down the street, kind of hungry with a grumbling tummy that’s saying “feed me now”! You see those little places on the corner; in the non-descript strip mall with the hand painted signs, the ultimate “Mom and Pop” place. You know you want to go, but you don’t, you just can’t bring yourself to pull in to the parking lot, get out and try it. You like what’s familiar and comforting, so you just keep driving and wondering what the food would have tasted like, secretly angry with yourself for not having the guts to try something really new and untested.

Well, I am the guy that does it for you; I cruise strip malls and out of the way places looking for new eating experiences. I look for the good stuff, big food, food that’s made by someone that did not graduate from the Culinary Institute, but has a great love for food and cooking, someone that takes pride in what they make. I look for places where food is actually food, not some piece of art on a plate. I do not fear the “B” in the window, that simply means the food has “flavor”, if there is a “C” in the window, then its “authentic”. Follow your stomach, you just might like where it takes you…

The first place I am going to report on is without a doubt, the biggest and best hamburger, on the face of the planet, at least the parts that I have been to. It’s called B&R Old Fashioned Burgers on Rosecrans and Cerise in the city of Hawthorne. It’s located at 3512 w Rosecrans in Hawthorne in a small strip mall next to a liquor store and a barber shop. . The décor is “brown tables and chairs” with graffiti etched into the windows and signed pictures of rappers on the wall. The food is simpley amazing!. It’s pretty much just a hamburger place but what makes it different is the love in which each hand made patty is created.

They have normal size char grilled hamburgers, which are quite good if you are a burger whimp, but if you are a lover of big, juicy, ketchup and mustard running down your arms burgers, than you must get the “Royal Burger”. The “Royal Burger” is two- lb, hand-made patties – char grilled (they take a while because they are so big), lettuce, tomato, cheese, bacon or pastrami, a fried egg, onions and finally some chili. When the burger comes to your table the first thing you think is “how the heck am I going to eat this” as you survey the massive burger which is around 5 inches thick. The only way to eat it, and still remain somewhat clean is to totally commit yourself to it. Once you grab a hold of it, you must not let go, ever, until it is finished or it will explode and fall over the plate and then you simply have a “chili size” with egg. The burger has so much flavor its almost criminal, and believe me, you will feel guilty after eating one. Look at the bright side of things, if you do manage to eat and finish a “Royal Burger” from B&R burgers at lunch you won’t need to eat dinner.If you ever wanted to go someplace, but just can’t bring yourself to do it, drop me a line and maybe I will conduct a “culinary investigation” and report back to you here.

Chris Cognac, a detective for a South Bay police department, specializes in reviewing hole-in-the-wall restaurants. If you’d like him to conduct a culinary investigation at a restaurant you’ve been hesitant to try, write to him at the Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA, 90503 or e-mail him at chris@culinarydetective.com .

B&R Old Fashioned Burgers / 3512 W Rosecrans Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250 – Phone: (310) 679-4774.

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