George’s Burger Stand, Boyle Heights

LOS ANGELES | Boyle Heights institution George’s Burger Stand has been serving the community with pastrami, burgers, and fries since the 1960s. In recent years it became one of those places that relied more on its reputation and nostalgia rather than quality food, but this all changed late last year when the De La Torre family, the owners and operators of Guisados, took over.

They pared back the menu, similar to the classic one that people knew and loved, replaced all frozen ingredients with fresh ones, started making sauces and the like in house, and added a few new items to the menu. Guisados is one of the best places for a taco in Los Angeles, so I knew I had to try this revived classic.

The venue looks unchanged from its original incarnation. That classic Los Angeles burger/diner architecture with a walk up counter and covered outdoor seating. A quick look at the short menu and it was a toss up between the pastrami burger and the California burrito. The California burrito won out because, burrito. Tender, flavoursome carne asada with French fries, avocado, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese, and salsa roja inside a soft flour tortilla. It absolutely hit the spot.

Hot tip. Grab some of the spicy ketchup (there’s a help yourself squeeze bottle at the counter) and add a bit to each bite of your burrito. It’s delicious and adds an additional kick of heat to the burrito.

George’s Burger Stand

2311 E Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles
California 90033
United States

Telephone: 323 268 3965
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Thu: 8:00am to 8:00pm
Fri: 8:00am to 9:00pm
Sat: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Sun: 9:00am to 7:30pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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