I’m starting a new series called ‘Dine with me,’ where I’ll be featuring different restaurants that I visit that are particularly notable. I’m starting it off with The Apple Pan, in Los Angeles!
The Apple Pan is kind of a Los Angeles institution. You might not know it from looking at the outside, but it’s definitely a unique, hole-in-the-wall kind of a place that is definitely worth visiting.
It’s a small restaurant, with just a few counter style seats arranged in a U-shape around the grill in the center. It’s been operated under the same owners since it opened back in 1947, and is most famous for their apple pie and hamburgers.
My dad was in L.A., and when we were trying to find a place to go for lunch, he brought up The Apple Pan. A true sports fan, my dad heard of the restaurant from sports broadcaster Todd Blackledge, who featured the hamburger joint on his weekly “Taste of the Town” segment. It’s been featured in a lot of other media, and apparently there’s a celebrity visit pretty regularly.
It definitely feels like being transported back into the 40’s. The vibe in the restaurant is very authentic, and you can tell that they haven’t done much to change it in the 70+ years of being operated. Case and point, these really cool cash registers that are fully functional and still used to check out every customer.
They do some speedy business too, they really hustle to get people in and out of there. They serve the fries on small paper plates, and hand you a burger straight up, only wrapped in a paper wrapper.
They have an amazing selection of dessert pies too, with their apple pie being their most famous (obviously.) They serve it warm, a la mode style, and it’s pretty remarkable.
One of the coolest things about dining there is that you can see them making the pies and the burgers. It was kind of like dinner and a show.
If you’re interested in checking it out, you can find it at:
10801 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064