Ranking the top 5 burgers in Southeast L.A.

For this edition of “Southeast Eats Explores,” we’re expanding our reach to various places throughout Southeast LA, all with the purpose of ranking the top 5 burgers you can find in the region.


This is a comprehensive list, judging each burger based on flavor, meat quality, and the uniqueness of the burger.


Without any further ado, let’s dive in and see which burger joints were told, “You just made the list!”


5. Stewart & Grub - Downey
 

The Carpenter Burger at Stewart & Grub in Downey. Photo by Vic Diaz/SoutheastEatsLA

The Carpenter Burger at Stewart & Grub in Downey. Photo by Vic Diaz/SoutheastEatsLA

Stewart & Grub is relatively new to the area, but it makes the list due to being one of the best at creating a simple, down-to-earth burger.


Our favorite is the “Carpenter”, a shout-out to an all-too-familiar Downey staple; this burger boasts a 100 percent angus beef patty, bacon, barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese and their own house-made thousand island sauce. This smoky, carnivorous combination will give you the genuine burger diner experience at a fraction of the price.
7380 Stewart and Gray Rd, Downey, CA 90241


4. Nexx Burger - Downey

The bacon cheeseburger at Nexx Burger in Downey. Photo by Vic Diaz/SoutheastEatsLA

The bacon cheeseburger at Nexx Burger in Downey. Photo by Vic Diaz/SoutheastEatsLA

Downey once again makes the list with yet another newbie, Nexx Burger.


Their burgers are simple, opting not to go for the over-the-top combinations commonly found nowadays, but what they do, they do very well. Their bacon cheeseburger has an unprecedented level of freshness not found so easily, unless you’re making it yourself. You also have the option to add special ingredients, like avocado or their house made chili.


Not to mention, they’re the only burger location in SELA that we know of that offers the “Impossible” Burger, a burger made entirely of plant-based ingredients.
7414 Florence Ave, Downey, CA 90240


3. Grub Burger Bar - Whittier

The Mac N' Cheese Burger at Grub Burger Bar in Whittier. Photo by Vic Diaz/SoutheastEatsLA

The Mac N' Cheese Burger at Grub Burger Bar in Whittier. Photo by Vic Diaz/SoutheastEatsLA

Now it’s time to get crazy.


You want variety, Grub Burger Bar has got it. For us, it doesn’t get much more innovative than their Mac N’ Cheese Burger. To be specific, you get macaroni and cheese on a burger; combine that with additional melted cheese and topped with an onion ring, and you’ve got yourself a burger worthy of an appetite for destruction.
13815 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA 90605


2. Burgerim - Vernon

Sliders at Burgerrim in Vernon. Photo by Vic Diaz/SoutheastEatsLA

Sliders at Burgerrim in Vernon. Photo by Vic Diaz/SoutheastEatsLA

Remember the days when everyone saw White Castle as the gold standard for sliders? Not anymore.


Burgerim not only produces sliders with a flavor that makes White Castle taste like high school cafeteria “Colossal Burgers,” but they do it with a variety of meats. Take, for example, exhibit A: the slider 3-pack with a spicy seasoned Merguez beef burger, prepared caliente style with pepper jack, jalapeños, and habanero mayo.


Alongside it is a lamb burger with bacon, cheese, BBQ sauce and an onion ring. And of course, as you can probably tell by now, we’re suckers for the classic beef burger. Without exaggeration, each burger makes your mouth water, and melts in your mouth as you’re enjoying it.
2550 Alameda St #2544-2546, Vernon, CA 90058


1. World Famous Grill - Bell
 

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In our humble opinion, in the diverse melting pot that is Southeast Los Angeles, you cannot, and will not, find a better burger than at World Famous Grill.


This restaurant is more commonly known for its exquisite mediterranean cuisine, but do not sleep on their burgers. Each burger is made with 100 percent Halal beef, guaranteeing superior flavor and texture. Each burger on the menu can stand alone as their signature dish, each having something special that makes them unforgettable.


Take, for example, the Inferno Burger with pepperjack cheese and jalapeños, guaranteed to test your bravery; or the famous burger (pictured), with two beef patties, cheese, and a fried egg, only for those who are in the business of taming beasts; and if size matters to you, take on their one-pounder burger. You read correctly: ONE. POUND.  This monstrosity comes with all the fixings, ready to conquer those who stand in its way.
4143 E Florence Ave, Bell, CA 90201


And there you have it, 5 of the best burgers you can have in the southeast. Do you agree or disagree? Share your best burger spots with us on Instagram @southeasteatsla!
 

Green Salon Short Film Festival returns this weekend

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SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Green Salon Short Film Festival returns to Santa Fe Springs on Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. The festival, which features the work of local filmmakers, happens the fourth Saturday of each Summer month – June, July, and August – at Studio GalleRoy, the painting studio of Roy Anthony Shabla. 

It is a free-admission event.

The Green Salon is a monthly gathering of artists, poets, musicians, filmmakers, and other cultural enthusiasts. It is usually located in Downey, in the private garden of Roy Anthony Shabla, but moves to Santa Fe Springs for the Short Film Festival each Summer. It is the longest-running monthly cultural event in the immediate area.

The Green Salon always hosts an open mic and featured reader. This month, the featured reader is Jo Scott-Coe, author of Teacher at Point Blank, Listening to Kathy and most recently, MASS: A Sniper, a Father, and a Priest. She is an English professor at Riverside City College and facilitates community writing workshops for the Inlandia Institute.

The Green Salon will also host favorite filmmaker Dustin Michael Krapes this month/ Krapes gravitates toward the surreal, comedic, and absurd. His film this month, Beverly Sauce 90210, is an absurdist romp through the difficult life of being a condiment.

This ties into a food theme to much of the work this month. Wear a lobster on your head and receive a free glass of wine.

This year, the festival is combined with a small art fair. Local artists and craftsmen will exhibit and sell their work on site. Drawing and painting, sculpture, jewelry, and ceramic art will be featured. Studio GalleRoy itself will exhibit a different series of large paintings each month, encouraging the public to attend all three evenings of film and art.

One of the Art fair featured artists is Anthony Cano, a self-taught ceramicist and painter who will exhibit a variety of objects d’art including tile and ceramic sculpture – especially depicting sea life, organic material face-masks, and recycled bottle art. His work emphasizes the natural world and shines a spotlight on the ecological issues of our time.

Also, Studio GalleRoy shares space with Gallery Frames, a fine-art framer. Any framing job brought and booked the evenings of the festival receives a 20 percent discount.

Studio GalleRoy is located at 11210 Greenstone Avenue, Santa Fe Springs.  

DJ Diaries: Blessed with new summer music

Grammy nominated Khalid has been featured in a new song by DJ Martin Garrix. The collaborative song “Ocean” was released June 15th, and was also released with a music video. Garrix is set to play at the Belfast Vital music festival in August.

While the song was only released until recently, it had been spoken of on Twitter a while ago when a fan asked the two to collaborate and Garrix respond by quoting the fan. In response, Khalid said, “let’s do it.”

During an interview at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Garrix released the date and song title. Here is the official music video of “Ocean.”

 

Released on the same day, Norwegian DJ Kygo released his new song collaborating with pop rock band Imagine Dragons.

The song was teased prior to the release when Kygo posted the members of Imagine Dragons on social media. On the following day, the song titles and cover art were released.

 

These DJs are kicking off the summer with great songs which we love to hear at Famous DJ Agency. This is what we’ve been listening to; let us know your favorite songs by your favorite DJ in the comments or on Twitter (@famousdjagency)!

REVIEW: The stakes have never been higher for the Avengers in Infinity War

Ten years. Nineteen movies. Six stones. 

We may not have initially known it when we sat down in theaters and were introduced to Tony Stark / Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) back in 2008, but this is the moment that we’ve been slowly building to over the last decade: The Infinity War. 

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This movie isn’t for those who have never seen a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie before (and if you haven’t, what rock have you been under?). The film isn’t built for epic story progression or character development – all of that can be found between Iron Man (2008) and Black Panther (2017). 

No, instead Infinity War thrusts you immediately into the chaos that is left in the wake of Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his quest for the Infinity Stones.

Actually, let’s talk about Thanos for a minute. 

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Thanos is Tony Stark’s worst nightmare come true. It’s beings like “The Mad Titan” that caused the formation of The Avengers. They didn’t know it at the time, but he’s the reason Tony and Bruce Banner / The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) created Ultron (even if that didn’t go particularly well) back in Avengers Age of Ultron (2015). 

Thanos is a madman; he’s practically “space-Hitler” (and no, that’s not just me trying to be funny).

The end game for Thanos surrounds the completion of the Infinity Gauntlet, an all-powerful weapon that he needs to carry out his plan for humanity. 

The worst part of it all: the movie almost makes you feel for Thanos at certain points. He actually has some humanity within him.

He’s not just some cookie-cutter villain who wants to rule the world; that’s not it at all. Instead, Thanos sees a problem in the world and he aims to fix it. His ultimate goal is barbaric in every sense of the word; however, it is a cause that he believes in fully. Thanos truly believes he is doing the right thing for the world.

So, who’s going to try and stop this seemingly unstoppable bad guy? Literally everyone.

Infinity War had all the makings to be a giant cluster you-know-what with its stacked, star studded cast. 

Thankfully, it’s not.

Save for a couple exceptions, if a character was in an MCU movie before and wasn’t killed off, then they’re likely in this film. While this may seem like it would be overwhelming, Infinity War balances its cast extremely well – instead breaking up several characters into unique little units that follow their own sub-plots.

There are pretty much three story arcs that occur within the film, and for the most part they all happen simultaneously to one another. The awesome part is that each arc and its band of characters tend to weave in and out of one another almost flawlessly.

This leads to several hero team-ups that you never expected you’d see. Frankly, you won’t know you wanted some of these team ups until they happen, and then when they do you’ll be glad they did. 

But what about the elephant in the room?

More than anything else, it seems as though the big question on everybody’s mind leading up to the film has been who’s going to bite the dust: Captain America (Chris Evans) or Iron Man. 
Anyone who’s asking that is asking the wrong question. 

Infinity War quickly makes it clear that everyone has a whole lot to lose should Thanos succeed. Without giving much away, let me just say this - no one leaves this movie unscathed. 

Infinity war is probably not going to sweep the movie award shows, and it shouldn’t by any means. This isn’t a film for the academy, it’s a film for the fans. 

It was in my second viewing of the film (yes, I’ve already seen it twice) that I realized the brilliance of what Marvel Studios has done. 

For 10 years we’ve been invested in these characters. We’ve watched the characters fight, grow, grieve, and love.

The arrival of Thanos has raised the stakes not only for the Avengers, for the Guardians, for Spider-Man and for Dr. Strange; it has also raised the stakes for audiences as well. 

Avengers: Infinity War is rated PG-13 and runs for 149 minutes. 
 

Disney's ‘Beauty and the Beast’ included in La Mirada Theater’s 2018-19 calendar

LA MIRADA – Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is coming to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts next year. 

The enchanting musical is one of seven performances that highlight the theater’s 2018-19 season, which was revealed Monday. 

Other highlights include a pair of concerts each by the brother-sister duo Donny and Marie Osmond, and legendary crooner Paul Anka. 

Subscriptions to the 2018-19 season can be purchased at the theater box office or by calling (562) 944-9801. Single tickets go on sale July 16, with the exception of the Donny and Marie show, which are on sale now.

Below is the full schedule: 

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“A Night with Janis Joplin” 

Sept. 14 – Oct. 7, 2018

Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock and roll. She recorded a slew of hits, including “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of my Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime.” She died of a heroin overdose at age 27. 

“A Night with Janis Joplin” is a musical celebration of her life and work. It stars Mary Bridget Davies, who portrayed Janise in the original Tony Award-nominated Broadway production. 


Leslie Uggams stars as Lena Horne in "Stormy Weather."

Leslie Uggams stars as Lena Horne in "Stormy Weather."


“Stormy Weather” 

Oct. 19 – Nov. 11, 2018

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Leslie Uggams stars as the legendary Lena Horne in this new bio-musical. 

With glamour and grace, Lena Horne took Holly and the music industry by storm, her voice resonating throughout the decades. This production highlights not only her vocal talent, but also her determination to fight for what she believed. 


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“1776” 

Jan. 11 – Feb. 3, 2019

Before “Hamilton,” there was “1776,” the musical about the founding of America. 

Featuring a diverse, contemporary cast, the production begins with a deadlocked Congress (sound familiar?) as its attempts to adopt the Declaration of Independence boil over into heated confrontations. 

Remarkably, these contentious Founding Fathers harness their shared determination to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. 


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“Singin’ in the Rain” 

April 19 – May 12, 2019

Dubbed “the greatest musical of all time,” this production of “Singin’ in the Rain” has been faithfully adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay. 

Each classic scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm. 


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“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” 

May 31 – June 23, 2019

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” an international sensation that continues to delight with its story of soaring romance, bright humor and thrilling adventure. 

Based on the animated feature, the stage version includes all of the memorable songs from the film, plus new ones. 

This production was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 


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Donny & Marie

July 25-26, 2019

The beloved sibling entertainers mix the spirit of their early television specials and recordings with a nostalgic look back on their storied career. 

In addition to doing concerts across the country, Donny and Marie continue their run at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, where they were named Best Show by the Las Vegas Review-Journal for three years in a row. 


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Paul Anka

Nov. 16-17, 2019

The legendary singer/songwriter, and one of the biggest teen idols of the late ‘50s, continues to be a popular performer with a career spanning more than 60 years. 

With more than 500 songs to his credit, Anka has cemented his place as one of the prolific and versatile songwriters of any generation. Among his classics are “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “Diana,” “My Way” and the famous theme from “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” 
 

Here's this summer's concerts in the park lineup

DOWNEY – Downey’s Concerts in the Park series will return this summer to Furman Park, with an opening performance by a Rod Stewart tribute band. 

The full concert lineup is included in Downey’s summer recreation guide, which residents began receiving in their mailboxes last week. 

All performances begin at 7 p.m. at Furman Park. Bring your own chairs; no umbrellas or pop-up shade structures allowed. Dogs must be on a leash.

Here’s the complete schedule. Note there is no concert on July 4. 

 

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June 20

Atlantic Crossing

Atlantic Crossing is a touring Rod Stewart tribute band, playing all of the legendary rocker’s hits. Based out of Huntington Beach, the band has played the OC Fair and at various private and public events. 


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June 27

Knyght Ryder

The 80’s and 90s tribute band has performed at Downey’s park concerts before. The group’s playlist skews towards rock, metal and new wave. 


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July 11

Suave the Band

Another Downey regular, Suave the Band is a 10-piece ensemble that plays jazz, rock, swing, R&B and, of course, Latin music including cumbia, merengue, salsa and ChaCha. 


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July 18

Downey Symphony

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Downey Symphony Orchestra will perform Broadway and film tunes under the direction of Music Director Sharon Lavery. 


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July 26

Third Marine Aircraft Wingband
 

Closing out the concert season is the Third Marine Aircraft Wingband, which plays a variety of music, including wind ensemble literature, Broadway show tunes, film scores, traditional marches, and even contemporary concert music.