Nearly daily I have driven past Howard’s Famous Bacon & Avocado Burgers in Palms and wondered what sort of greatness lay within. Finally, I decided to check the place out.
Walking in, I kind of expected the place to reflect the decor of the awesome sign outside. This was not to be the case. Instead, it had a basic booth layout with a counter to order from. I didn’t mind so much, since all I really wanted was bacon and avocado on a burger. I checked out their menu on the wall, and saw all the options they had. In a way, I was hoping they had a limited menu consisting of bacon, avocado and burgers, but instead I found a menu with many burger options and an almost passively bolded lettering of their namesake.
I ordered the regular bacon and avocado burger, with cheddar cheese. As per usual, I ordered without lettuce, tomatoes and onions, and with a side of fries. Then I waited for the man behind the counter to cook me up something delicious.
When my burger came, it looked good, albeit small. The bright green of the avocado looked dramatic against the backdrop of bacon and beef. I started eating and was decently satisfied. There certainly wasn’t anything wrong with the burger, but it felt like it was missing something. The beef was pretty plain and the whole burger tasted kind of like I could have cooked it at home. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because I am a lazy man and probably wouldn’t get up the energy to cook something like this anyway, but when a place claims to have famous burgers, it should live up to its name.
It’s definitely a place I would return to because it’s just so convenient, but LA has so many great burger options that Howard’s won’t be at the top of my list.