Hidden Burger Spot in DTLA (with a good view to boot).
October 5, 2011
Yeah, that’s right. I just discovered the joint. It’s one of those places I just couldn’t wait to write about. The place has actually been there forever. It’s the old 410 Boyd space.
Some friends invited me to check out the new bar/restaurant last night. I got to the spot, which is between 3rd and 4th off San Pedro. I parked around the corner (on a kinda sketchy block), because
Tip #1: I didn’t know there was a huge free parking lot (after 6pm).
Tip #2: Escondite doesn’t have a lot of signage, so look for the large, blue neon arrow.
When you get inside, you might be shocked by the thematic Western Decor. It’s not cheesy—it’s kinda great. The lighting is really good. If the lights were totally on, it might be a bit tacky. But with the lights dimmed and tinted, the restaurant/bar is attractive.
Tip #3- Check out the bathrooms. There was a really cool sink in the women’s bathroom. Besides, it’s super fun to walk back and forth through the swinging Western doors.
Tip #4 – There’s great people watching at the bar. When I was there, the seats were sprinkled with random people-motorcycle dudes, businessmen, artists….you know, locals.
Tip #5-Talk to Jade- the bartender. I had a pretty lengthy discussion about what makes Escondite magical.
Tip #6- Get a menu. I love the cover. It’s so strange.
And check out all the unique burger combinations. I like the fact that you can order anyone of the burgers as a veggie, chicken or beef burger. Here’s a few of their gourmet burgers (with unconventional toppings):
Click here to see their entire menu.
Tip #7- Order the Buffalo Mushrooms as an appetizer. It’s like vegetarian hot wings—and so yummy. Actually, they have TONS of vegetarian options. Their chili is even meat free!
Tip #8-Grab a beer. They have 9 types of beer on tap, and 15 different kinds by the bottle. They also have a full bar.
Tip #9-Sit on the patio. This is where the magic happens.
Tip #10- Go to Escondite for brunch. I heard it’s delicious. There’s even reggae and football on weekends.
Escondite is open SEVEN days a week 11am -2am. And, they don’t stop serving food until 1am. It’s a total game changer-right?