Veronica’s pick back in April 2011 was just a few blocks north of The Grove – a quaint place with lots of beers and great burgers. And some pretty amazing sweet potato FRIES (they call ’em wedges)! …made even better with their house spicy sauce and curry ketchup.
Lady ThickLeg’s Review
In what may be my briefest restaurant review ever, I will share my opinion of Golden State. Burger- yum, loved it! Sweet potato wedges- delicious (but then again aren’t all Wedges delicious?). Lager beer with the coconut flavor- awesome, would of had another if I hadn’t been the designated driver of the evening. Coffee gelato- perfect end to a perfect meal. Lastly, the staff were super cute and had they been on the menu, I would have ordered me a Golden State boy! Happy eating!!!
Lady Papa’s Review
I am a proud Californian. Born in NorCa, now a firmly established Los Angelino/Long Beachian. So how thrilled was I, then, to spend a little time and even less cash at the Golden State Café? Sure it was quite a drive from the 90807, but well worth it. Honestly, we almost missed the place, on a construction-filled block just north of The Grove.
The place isn’t big, but has the requisite ingredients for a good time – beer, burgers, and a television (showing an NBA playoff game the night we went). And the best staff! Very attentive to our needs, and curious about our little group – I guess we stood out, our South Bay attire, perhaps, clueing them in that we were outsiders. Or maybe it was my big-ass camera.
I ordered the turkey burger with fried sweet potato wedges, served with aioli. I’ll start with the burger – juicy, tender, delectable, flavorable (is that a word?). It was the perfect size. Any bigger and I would have had that overstuffed feeling where I have to unbutton my pants. I also stole some of Jen’s fries, and dipped them in the restaurant’s curry ketchup, which had a fascinating kick.
But the highlight of the evening was my serving of sweet potato wedges. Robust, fluffy, savory, toothsome. Slightly and pleasantly overcooked. I just wish there would have been twice as many. Yes, I complimented the burger for its perfect proportion, but fries – in particular, sweet potato fries – should be endless. These fries, I could eat forever. Not any time soon because of the cost of gas, but one day – some day – I will return to the Golden State to lather in these fries again. A basket of them. Or two. And I’ll be sure to wear my baggiest, drawstring sweatpants when I do.
The Golden State Cafe
426 N. Fairfax Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036