Twohey's bacon blue cheese burger with sweet potato fries
Twohey's Diner is the sort of place you would probably never hear of unless you're within striking distance of South Pasadena or Alhambra. Unlike Fosselman's, which draws curious ice cream eaters from all over L.A., or Pie 'n Burger, Twohey's charms are known mainly to those who went there for ice cream sundaes after their high school football games at various San Gabriel Valley schools. Twohey's underwent an unfortunate remodeling in 1977, which wiped out all the oldschool carhop charm it undoubtedly had since 1943 when it opened. Now it's a barn of a coffee shop filled with kitschy faux-antique signs and many customers who undoubtedly remember its first year in business. Twohey's is famous for the "little stinker" burgers with onions, its onion rings and homemade hot fudge sauce. My patty melt was pretty lackluster, with a tasteless overcooked patty and sweet potato fries that can't hold a candle to Gus's BBQ. But Matt liked his bacon/blue cheese burger, and Sam seemed happy with his onion ring-topped burger and apple pie. I think the trick is to order a half pound burger instead of a quarter pound one to achieve a little more juiciness. We'll probably be back to try the sundaes, the slushy limeade and the onion rings, but if I just want a simple burger, I'll probably go to the In 'n Out next door instead.