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Amboy Quality Meats



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Although we prefer the medium-thick "Slim Thicc" burgers at Amboy, their "Classic” thinly smashed patties hold their own in terms of juiciness and flavor. The most memorable part of any burger at this casual spot inside Chinatown’s Far East Plaza, however, is the classy bun, a toasted sesame-speckled beauty made by local bakery Breadbar. We do wish their house burger sauce had a little more tang, but Amboy undoubtedly puts the artery-hardening bliss of beef and cheese up front. There’s also a truffle burger on the menu—topped with parmigiano reggiano and black truffle aioli—but we’ve yet to try it. Seems like putting a top hat on a mullet.

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Classic Double

The Classic Double doesn’t try to fancy itself up, but rather consists of the ideal balance of double smash patties, pickles, American cheese, and that knock-off sauce that every burger in LA seems to come with nowadays.
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These are very good fries. We'll leave it at that.
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Picanté Burger

A great choice for anyone looking for a little heat. Two blended patties are served with a handful of pickled peppers and light dousing of spicy mayonnaise. Additional dill pickles provide slight acidity and crunch. The bun is soft. The mayo’s not too spicy. It’s maybe even… just right.
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DH Burger

Really the only miss for us here. We usually don’t have beef with slabs of, uh, beef this size, but it’s just a little too much for a burger. Don’t get us wrong, the quality is definitely there - the dry-aged blend definitely showcases some Amboy’s most premium meats - and it’s topped with a potent mix of caramelized onions, garlic confit mayo, and melted provolone cheese. But it’s served a little too well-done, and at a whopping 10 ounces (⅔ of a pound), is very hard to eat. The medium-size Slim Thicc burger is the way to go.

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