Back again this week, Irene opts, like last week, to try out another recession-friendly restaurant, this time it's Govind Armstrong's 8 oz. Burger Bar. It's all about deals and steals, like the "well-crafted" $8 cocktails, the "well-chosen and well-priced" beer list, and the oversized "trio of sliders and suds for $16." Interestingly enough, SIV's burger critique falls simply into a one line sentence where she describes the signature burger by saying "the bun is just right, not too squishy, the patty thick and juicy," though the burgers tend to be a bit overcooked so she suggests to "ask for it rare if you're hankering after a medium-rare burger." As far as other menu items, SIV's guests all gave a "thumbs-down" to the fried pickles, but she liked their "cool acidity against the warm, crunchy batter," in addition to the "deliciously greasy" stout-battered onion rings. While SIV's favorite menu item turns out to be the "incredibly rich" short rib grilled cheese sandwich, the tuna melt just doesn't cut it. For the price, Armstrong delivers "solid food," netting a 1.5 star rating, and he proves that "doing a lower-priced restaurant doesn't have to be a complete sellout." [LAT]
THE ELSEWHERE: The Find locates Southern-style fried seafood at Louisiana Best Seafood, LAmag takes a sip and a bite at The Golden State, Sinosoul digs Bar Food, Kung Food Panda treks to Monterey Park for Mama's Lu Dumpling House, LA Foodblogging lunches at Villa Blanca, while My Last Bite lunches in Studio City at Gangadin Restaurant.