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Taste of Soul: Hawkins House of Burgers
By Jennifer Bihm, Sentinel Staff Writer
Published October 11, 2012


Hawkins House has the burger you’re gonna want to taste!

Hawkins House held the title of “Best Burger” in 2010 and now they’re looking to share it with you.

As far as Internet burger reviews go, Los Angeles’ Hawkins House of Burgers gets pretty much the same one from about 90 percent of the customers. It goes something like, “it’s in a real scary location (on Imperial and Slater across from the Nickerson Garden Projects) but the service and the food is absolutely worth it…” Some of that food will be available at this year’s Taste of Soul when Hawkins takes a seat on vendor row.

“We will be serving [a variety] of hamburgers,” said current owner/ operator Cynthia Hawkins, who said this will be their first time at TOS.

“We will also be serving fried chicken and tacos,” she said.

The family restaurant has been open for 60 years, starting out as a classic malt shop, Hawkins said. In 2010 they were voted Best Burger in Los Angeles. The reviews definitely speak to this.

Wrote one customer who came from Marina del Rey: “Been wanting to try this place for a while…got a day off work and grabbed my roommate to go grab a couple of burgers.

“The building is not much to look at…[it’s] across from the projects. Lots of locals hanging around…I was panhandled once, solicited by a prostitute once and had a tempting offer to get my windshield cleaned.

“Anyhow, ordered at counter and was given order number and went outside to wait. Within 12-15 [minutes] our food was ready…there is an open air dining area but we chose to sit on my tailgate to eat. I ordered the Hawkins Daily Special with cheese…single burger with everything, steak fries and a regular drink. I asked for chili on my fries…my grand total was $7.00!!! The burger was huge and the chili fries were enough for two people. Everything was excellent for the price….

“Like somebody else said, respect the neighborhood…it is what it is. This place is worth 4 stars for a truly dive ghetto burger place. If you want ambiance, then stay in Santa Monica at restaurant, which sells that.

“I cant wait to go back for the fried chicken…”

 Hawkins House of Burgers is located on 11603 Slater St. Los Angeles, CA 90059. For more information please visit their website at Be sure to check them out at the 2012 Taste of Soul Festival.


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