The hipster vibe of Los Feliz makes it the perfect setting for a restaurant like Fred62; the indie music pumping from the speakers adds to the cool atmosphere of vinyl booths and a bar lined with swivel chairs. The tattooed and accessorized servers wear witty and controversial T-shirts, my favorite says “Homosexuals are gay.” And though they may serve you food slowly, they add to the overall feel of the place: good burgers and a trendy scene.
Why is it called Fred62? The waitress with blue hair and six piercings told me that the two designers of this Hollywood-style diner are both named Fred and both born in 1962. That coincidence birthed a restaurant with a confusing name but delicious food.
Granted, the food may be a little on the pricey side, with burgers in the $7 range, but man are they worth it. The large portions can feed you for two or three meals and the desserts are equally massive. The breakfast menu, which is served all day, is also good and hovers in the same price range. Any of the egg dishes, whether they are scrambled, sunny-side up, or poached are tasty and come with amazing fresh fruit and hash browns with that great golden crispy layer on top. Great French toast and waffles, with that fluffy yet soaked in syrup consistency, are two things that every breakfast lover adores but can rarely find. At Fred62 both are splendid. I will, however, caution you away from anything on the menu that isn’t a burger, sandwich or a breakfast food. Every so often I venture from my normal patty melt and milkshake and try a pasta or vegetarian option, and it’s never as good.
I recommend the Dime Bag, a plate piled high with just about every breakfast food imaginable: pancakes, hash browns, eggs, bacon and fruit. Fred62 also features the Juicy Lucy burger, which they describe as “the world’s most amazing burger.” I’m not sure if that’s correct, but it is definitely the best burger I have had in Los Angeles. It’s the perfect combination of a toasted sesame bun and a juicy, thick burger that’s perfectly cooked (something that rarely happens when I request a well-done patty).
Fred62 is really welcoming to high-schoolers and will even accommodate me and my friends when we have $10 and want a club sandwich cut into five slices. They never scold us for being too loud or shouting over each other and they’ve never kicked us out, even after we’ve eaten all our food and are just talking.
Fred62 is a winner for me, and a favorite after-school haunt. I feel so hipsteresque when I slide into one of the booths and order a chocolate milkshake and fries.
1850 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.