Only in LA might you write about fast food in a positive way. But here you need a car to get anywhere and fast food does not mean the same boring, heavy weight stuff you find elsewhere. There are a number of local chains that offer fresh food, just served quickly. Here are the favorites offered by my friend in the movies who provided last weekend's restaurant picks. He has eaten many weekday lunches at each of these.
In-N-Out Burger has the best burgers in LA at a very small price. The burgers are cooked to order in mustard. They even have a fan web site that provides secret ways to order thing snot on the menu. There are many locations and you can find them at the In-N-Out Burger site. You can even buy merchandise at the In-N-Out Burger online store
FatBurger is another cooked to order place with high quality offerings. Their site claims it is “what the big chains would serve if their taste levels matched their advertising budgets. Found in 1952, there are many including a very small one at 12005 Wilshire Blvd, (310) 268-1112.
Astro Burger is not really a chain, they are only two, but it is also excellent. City Search points out that “A vegetarian's fast-food haven, the menu offers an incredible array of meatless meals, from mock chicken-and-beef fajitas to saucy faux-riblets. And meat eaters can dress up their patties any way imaginable, from bacon- and cheese-smothered to Hawaiian-style, with mounds of grilled onions, pineapple and teriyaki.” One is at 5601 Melrose Ave (323) 469-1924
Rubio’s provides healthy Mexican. Yes, this is not an oxymoron. Their fish options are really good and everything is very fresh. It is actually all over the southwest and you can find locations at the Rubio’s web site. Ralph Rubio claims to have sold more than 50 million fish tacos since he opened the first stand in 1984. .
Baja Fresh offers more traditional Mexican with huge portions, so don’t go there on a diet. There is one at 7917 West Sunset Boulevard but no apparent web site.