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The Apple Pan Hasn't Changed a Bit Since 1992, But Everything Else Has

Huell Howser takes his popular TV segment to Apple Pan more than 20 years ago.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The Apple Pan is a Los Angeles institution, having served countless hickory burgers since opening their doors in 1947. The old formica wraparound counter is still just as busy as ever today, with third and fourth generation eaters enjoying the experience as much as their grandparents did decades before. And there's a good chance those kids today are getting their burgers from the same guys who worked the counter all those years ago.

For a taste of that nostalgia yourself, hit the wayback machine with none other than longtime local TV legend Huell Howser. In the video above, Howser hits the West LA burger stop sometime in the year 1992, when hair was still big, business ties were insufferable, and the burgers were just as delicious as ever.

Shout out the woman wearing sunglasses indoors while chowing on her burger, because she isn’t supposed to be recognized enjoying a meal at a place like Apple Pan. "This is not what my nutritionist would order," she says, before Hoswer cuts away to a few blindsided German tourists. Perfect.

The Apple Pan

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