Sadly, I never experienced the patty pleasure of a Mo’ Better Meatty Meat Burger before its original location closed several years back, but since then I’ve heard its hamburgers mythologized as madly as its somewhat mysterious demise has been mourned on blogs such as Losanjealous, Blogdowntown and L.A. Observed.
Well word’s out that Mo’ Better’s burgers are back, though without a namesake shingle or shack. Instead the famed sammiches are on the menu at Indulge Cafe, which just very recently opened its doors at 5101 Pico Boulevard (LA, 90017). In fact I found out about it from Eve, the daughter of Mo’ Better’s original owners, who after reading my October 7 critique of The Apple Pan emailed me: “Well I just wanted to tell you to look no further, the best burgers of LA are back.”
“What do you mean by the best burgers of LA are ‘back,'” I asked in a return email. “By chance is Indulge Cafe operated by the same people that ran Mo’ Better Meatty Meat?”
Her reply: “Yes, Indulge is indeed operated by the same people that ran Mo’ Better. It was actually a family owned business operated by my parents from ’91-’98. After we sold it the new owners made lots of horrible changes and ran it into the ground. When you stop by, be sure to say hello to Tami, the chef and original owner.”
You can Mo’ Better Betty Bet I will Eve — especially since its location on the corner of Pico and Redondo is right on the route I bike commute home.