Monday, April 13, 2009

Recession-proof Burgers @ Mom's Burgers (Compton)

Who says recession affect every area equally? Apparently not affected at all in the city of Compton.

Several months ago, several bloggers mentioned the best place to grab a ghetto burger would be in Compton due to the low seedy looks of the neighborhood. I just can't seemed to fathom on how or why the city continue to get a bad rap. I understood Compton had high crime rates and corruptions in the city hall during the Omar Bradley days. The 60's Watts and 90's LA riots have also contributed to make some conditions worse. However given that those dark days were long gone and the city have been revamping since then, I don't see how the tag of "ghetto" apply to the New Compton.

Now adding tacos to the burgers?

For a piece of mind, the neighborhood was actually pretty safe during day time and located across the street from Compton High School. Some of the new redevelopment townhouses are built in a unincorporated city of Rancho Dominguez, which shares the same zip code with the city of Compton. There were some serious wattage of bling on the tires that displayed many of the customized chrome rims driving around the city that day as they rolled into the parking lot of Mom's Burgers.

Mom's Burgers have been operated for over three decades founded by Joyce "Mom" McLaurin, who like a few others started a mom and pop burger joints around the surrounding neighborhoods. This place is a very low maintenance burger shack that had two outdoor benches and a half dozen stools around the counters.

I wanted to ordered the big Colossal burger that they had listed in the menu, but they ran out of the pastrami that day. The guy behind the big shatterproof window smoothly talked me into ordered the Mom's Bacon burger, which is almost essentially like Colossal burger, but minus the pastrami and extra patty.

Mom's Bacon Burger Combo ($6.30)

I have to admit, I have slowed down on ordering these massive patties because they tend to not cook very well because of the lack of seasoning in a big burger patty and also undercook/overcook a patty because of its size. I didn't have to worry too much of that as I thought the patty was excellent. With or without that bacon, I thought the burger was juicy and a messy debacle that was easily ignored because you would inhale that in less than 5 minutes.

The burger combo comes with a side of fries and a can of soda of your choice. A major brownie point for this place: Pepsi is the prefer choice!

The prefer choice of soda drink at Mom's Burgers

The next two choices are very much the epitome of what a ghetto burger is all about these days: adding egg to the patty. I guess I'm not used to it or ever really experience it other than on a sausage link sandwiches, but it was something I mostly definitely needed to add.

I ordered the popular Chronic burger which was essentially a bacon burger with an addition of an egg on top of it. So essentially, for about 76 cents more, you would get the same Mom's Burger with an added egg which was a much better selection. That was also another burger that didn't take long to wolf down.

Junior Chronic Burger Combo ($7.06)

The hot link sandwich didn't have an egg, so I added on with no fuss at all. That was one great thing about this place was that even though they didn't have much selections, but you can customized it with any added ingredients to your likings as if you were at one of The Counter franchise burger joint.

The burgers and sandwiches are on the gourmet burgers price range you normally would find at Red Devils, Blue Dahalia, or at Pete's. You won't find Mom's Burgers comparable to your average local burger joint and definitely better than the surrounding burger shacks like Fresh and Meaty or Three Bears.

Hot Link Sandwich ($2.71) + Egg ($0.54)

The big question is whether or not it's worth driving to a remote place just for a simple burger? The truth is that the burger is pretty good, but driving all the way there would required you to travel to another place and used this burger shack as a pit stop for your burger munching. Driving it for just the burger would not be necessary.

Considering the prices that was charged, I'm just shock that the burgers are recession proof. Tam's burgers are 99 cents each and In-N-Out burgers are cheaper, but for the price and value, it was worth the order.

Would this place's serving qualify as a ghetto burger? The city of Compton wants to let others know that the city is turning a new leaf and wants the label of ghetto to be repeal.

Mom's Burgers
336 W Alondra Blvd
Compton, CA 90220
(310) 632-6622


Mom's Burgers on Urbanspoon

Mom's Burger in Los Angeles


K.J. said...

Yo man! I've been living in the compton area since I was in LA for about 5 years now (AKA from the hood ^_^) and you know more places in the area than I do, I feel so bad about it (J/K).
If you do like BBQ, then there's one by avalon & el segundo, it's actually from a church and only sell BBQ fridays and saturdays. I won't say they have the best BBQ but they got very good ones. I was in Texas and ST Louis, Chicago and Atlanta, but I still think the church (what we called it since it has no name) is better place for BBQ :)-
Compton actually has a lot of good food and it's really not that bad of area to live as my own experience.


Food, she thought. said...

That Mom's burger looks epically delicious. I want one for breakfast, now.

Right Way to Eat said...

Hi KJ,

I think you are thinking of Prayer Assembly Church of God in Christ (which I did a review a few months back). That church does have a great beef ribs and you're right, they are open only on Friday and Saturdays.

Compton is not bad in certain areas. I just think the hoopla of being gang violence is way overhyped. Heck, there are more violence reported in North Hollywood and Rosemead, but we don't dwelled on it forever.

Hi Food, She Thought,

I want this burger too for breakfast!! Bring me some back!

Melissa Good Taste said...

Those burgers look disustingly DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!

sdfafsadf said...

hi mike!

Right Way to Eat said...

Hi Melissa Good Taste,

That burger is delicious! Like Carl's Jr. ad, "If it doesn't get all over the place, it doesn't belong in your face". LOL

Hi Aji De Mani,

It was great meeting you last night!

Epicuryan said...

I wonder how many of these Kevin could eat in one sitting. Should we find out?

dealinhoz said...

mike, love how your watermark is over the fried egg burger image. such a contradiction that i have no problem handling. haha.

Bill said...

I am glad to stumble upon this site. Great reads I will have to swing by some of these joint when I come back to Ca.

Right Way to Eat said...

Hi Tangbro1,

I am betting that Kevin could eat 3 burgers. If it is the colossal, then only two burgers. The dude can chow, but I think he will get full after eating two of these burgers.

Hey EatDrinkNBMerry,

I love the fried egg on that burger too! Hehehe

Hi Bill,

Thank you very much for the compliment. I really appreciated that! Come back to CA soon!

glutster said...

I'm part of the South Central Redevelopment project man and I am going to suggest this!

see you around dude.

Aaron said...

Careful what you say. I got called out by somebody for calling Honey's Kettle "Ghetto" fried chicken.

Some people are so sensitive. But I think you handled the issue of Compton's revival pretty well

Right Way to Eat said...

Hi Gluster,

See you around dude. Hope you have something planned for us soon!

Hey Aaron,

Yeah some people were sensitive towards that word and it wasn't even a negative word. I know that because someone overreacted about me calling Glendora's streets ghetto in my Donut Man review. Thanks again for the support!

Princess Kitty said...

I'm hungry now.. that burger looks like it will take me awhile to burn it off... orz