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Mmm cheese.

One day, while driving down Ventura in Studio City, my coworkers and I spotted a burger place that looked great. Not only that, but they also spotted a comic book store above and geeked out. Now I am not ashamed to say that I once collected comics, but those were eventually replaced by beer and burgers, so I was much more interested in the burgers in this case. The place was called Fat Jack’s and we vowed to return one day.

A little dry, but still good.

When that day came, I was pretty excited. We drove over and waltzed in. The place was surprisingly empty and was set up with a counter for ordering, some booths and small tables. The man behind the counter had a thick accent that I thought could be Ukranian…or Bosnian…or whatever…it was great. I looked at the menu on the wall and figured the Fat Jack Special would be a good place to start. The excited Bosnikranian told me it came with pickles, onions, lettuce, tomato, jack cheese, a special thousand island kind of sauce and two patties. Of course, I ordered without the veggies, then I made it a combo with some fries and a drink for about 8 bucks and was ready to roll.

They poured some seasoning on theeese.

The burger came out after about 10 minutes and was wrapped in the quintessential Los Angeles style. It looked great and I dug right in. The patty was tasty and well-seasoned, while the sauce and cheese worked pretty well with the meat. The bun was just your average sesame seed-laden bun, but I wouldn’t want anything fancier for a place like this. The only downside of the burger was that it was a little bit dry. Not too dry to ruin it or anything, but dry enough that I wouldn’t have minded the burger leaving the griddle just a little bit sooner.

The fries were delicious and seasoned perfectly. They had a nice crunch on the outside and gave way to some potatoey goodness on the inside. So overall, I’d say it was a pretty good meal. No, the burger won’t win any contests, but it got the job done and would give most fast food burgers a run for their money.