As I’ve mentioned previously in my Santouka post, I usually go there after playing basketball. However last Wednesday, Ben suggested that we go somewhere different this time around. Good thing he spoke up, because I’m the most indecisive person in the world and wouldn’t have minded the status quo (although ironically, I hate ordering the same dish at a restaurant on repeat visits). Since we were at Veteran Park and wanted something cheap and close by, Hole in the Wall popped into my mind. We were able to get an order in right before they closed.
Hole in the Wall is located on Bentley Ave. off Santa Monica Blvd. (the street east of Sepulveda, but the address is Santa Monica), behind the plaza that has Winchell’s and Yoshinoya. The concept is similar to The Counter, where you choose a protein and the bun, toppings, sauce, etc. All of their proteins are eight ounces (half a pound). I got a beef burger ($8) on pretzel bun with chipotle mayo, provolone cheese, mustard-pickle relish, and sauteed onions ($1). I also got an order of sweet potato fries on the side ($2.50), which were good but not great. Their burgers are done medium, although it feels like it’s more on the well side. That probably took away from the overall quality of the burger, because my one pet peeve of gourmet burgers is when they’re overcooked. But the other parts of the burger were very good, particularly the pretzel bun. I feel that if the patty was closer to medium (or even medium-rare), the burger as a whole would’ve been much better. For now, it’s a solid burger joint that’s still below the elites of L.A..
Chris Hei grade: B-
Hole in the Wall Burger Joint
11058 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Note: credit Food GPS for the first photo.