Yet another burger joint, you ask? Yes, there is always room for more. For months, I have been wondering when Nancy Silverton’s new restaurant, Short Order, would throw open its doors at the Farmer’s Market. I am a stickler for burgers and I only eat them when I think that they might be worth it, so you can understand my anticipation. Well kids, the wait is over. Short Order is here, open for business and worth it.
Short Order stands directly next to Du-par’s on the corner of Third and Fairfax. I see it as LA’s version of New York’s Shake Shack. Short Order shines brightly and has added a big burger buzz to a spot that hasn’t seen this much action in a long time.
The “Nancy’s Backyard Burger” was super juicy and delicious and was hugged by a soft, warm bun. The burger was actually cooked to order, medium-rare, and a perfect one at that. I don’t know about you, but that never happens to me. The Backyard Burger is Nancy’s special blend of ground beef covered in Comte cheese, topped with fresh avocado and the usuals along with smoky artisan bacon and spicy mayo. Drippings galore and I loved every minute of it. The “Ida’s Old School Burger” was just that. Old school. Equally cooked to perfection with the basics, of cheddar, pickles, tomato, griddled onions, iceberg lettuce and an added secret sauce.
There are two kinds of fries at Short Order. The Old School Fries and the Short Order Spuds. The Spuds are the ultimate roasted potato that is extra crispy on the outside and piping hot and super soft on the inside. Pick your dipping sauce and there is no looking back. They are gone before you know it.
There are custard shakes, a few craft beer offerings and a house white and red wine. The house red actually went beautifully with my burger. There is a solid list of burgers ranging from Lamb to Tuna to Pork. Not a burger fan, not a problem. There are other choices of Melts and Hot Dogs with a few salads thrown in for good measure.
The dessert menu is small consisting of homemade cookies and a seasonal pie. I held off and ordered the Custard Vanilla Shake for dessert instead. Isn’t the shake a dessert anyway?
Just to note, I am sure that a number of you have heard that the wait might be long and that there are a few kinks that still need to be worked out. Regardless of any comments, the staff was very patient and served with a smile. Above all, the food was pretty darn delicious.Short Order 6333 West 3rd Street, Stall #110 Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 761-7970 www.shortorderla.com
Alison Dinerstein is a resident of Windsor Square, a NY JETS fan and a professional foodie. She is the co-founder of Artisan Kitchen. You may email Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on twitter: @adinerstein.