Some people take the day off for their birthdays. Not Cynthia Hawkins. She's at the grill of Hawkins House of Hamburgers, making food that keeps her customers happy, like her bacon cheeseburger. And she's persnickety about the bacon.
The owner of Hawkins House of Burgers, Cynthia Hawkins, knows a newbie when she sees one. “Your first time here?” she asks a couple of women, huddled facing the menu on the wall of this tiny burger shack. The women nod, and Hawkins says, “How did you hear about us? Food Network?” Turns out it was the Travel Channel, but it could have been accolades from any number of sources that brought new faces into the heart of Watts, right up the street from Watts Towers, for a behemoth burger.
It has taken me a few days to recover from the burger onslaught that took place in the house that Hawkins built. While I normally always go for a double, at Hawkins House of Burgers, it was a miscalculation of epic proportions. As much as it pains me to admit, this was the first burger I failed to finish since an 8 year old boy named Ali Khan waived a white flag over the plate of a 1lb burger.
One of the toughest corners in Watts is one of the best places to get a burger.
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Hawkins House of Burgers is a legend among Los Angeles burger joints. They are home of the best Angus and turkey burgers in the city. It's so good there's often a line out the door but don't let this stop you, patrons will tell you it's more than worth the wait!
All that matters, really, is the burger. And it did not disappoint. The staff at Hawkins, I must add, were also friendly and attentive making for a well-rounded, delicious experience. Thanks, Hawkins House of Burgers! My belly is forever grateful.
So at The Burgerists you can hear the history of the burger at Hawkins House of Burgers, then maybe wander around the site for a clip of a cook making a favorite burger at home, then another about a group of guys on a quest to find the best burger in L.A.