Monday, November 1, 2010
And now, thankfully, there is a Fatburger. As I wrote a couple weeks ago, Fatburger has returned to Pasadena - there was one on Arroyo about a decade ago - in a location that used to be a Taco Bell a few years back. I think it opens today but the owner works with my brother on another business venture so I was able to get an invitation to the "friends and family" event yesterday.
My relationship with Fatburger has ebbed and flowed over the years like no place else. Some of the locations I have been to - say, the now-gone West Covina and Monrovia locations - have just not been good and I've let Fatburger slip from my mind for a few months. There was a time when Fatburger vs. In-N-Out was a legitimate debate among my friends. I have not heard the argument made in almost a decade. News of a Fatburger closing these days is less surprising than a video rental store going out of business.
But then there are other times when Fatburger comes up and you remember why you fell in love with the joint in the first place. Burgers at the location on Vermont before a show at the Greek; a Sunday drive when a Fatburger you'd forgotten about long ago comes into view just as you can't take your hunger anymore and are genuinely considering eating at Burger King. A burger cooked on one of those older, seasoned grills, some onions rings and a cup of chili and all is right with the world. You have Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day" stuck in your head the rest of the day. ("No helicopter looking for a murder/ Two in the morning got the Fatburger.")
Posted by JustinM at 9:05 AM