It’s hard to find a good $4 burger in most of LA — let alone in Venice. In-N-Out is probably the best value in the under-$5 price range, but it’s still a fast food burger. Not to say that In-N-Out is bad, but it lacks the heartiness and grandeur of a full-on, cow-to-bun sandwich. The Window gives you that something special, and it does it for about the same price as a Double-Double.
They are very inviting.
I love this style of food service. It’s been on the decline for ages, yet it encapsulates everything glorious about LA. A bunch of beach bums and cycle hippies walking up to a hole in a door to order cheap burgers and pick them up from a hole in another door — it’s an essential summertime activity.
And what better drink is there on that hot summer day than an ice cold, sugar-loaded lemonade? Well maybe a mojito, but they don’t have those.
Your order comes in a cardboard box just like school lunches on field day. The fries are scrumptiously crispy and salty.
And here’s the burger. It’s thick and luscious. Biting into it takes you to a juice-filled heaven that no fast-food pressed beef disc can emulate. The patty sings, the cheese lingers, and the pickles pop. Those words don’t mean anything, but trust me, it’s an accurate description.
And because I’m all about that fried chicken, I had to get the fried chicken sandwich. It’s pricier than its headlining menu buddy, but like the burger, it’s worth more than the cost. It doesn’t quite take you to the same juice heaven, but it’s a good and simple bird sandwich.
I’ve been to this place twice now, and I intend to stop every time I’m in the area. It’s that good, and it’s so casual that I can’t help myself. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a Jeni’s ice cream shop a block away.