As a matter of fact, I did. Cheap eats in Beverly Hills. I didn’t think it was possible, but I feed my family of five (ok, four, the baby didn’t eat the food) for about $20 in Beverly Hills. Do you want to find out where?
On a warm California evening we found ourselves at the Beverly Hilton (don’t worry, it was free-thank you Hilton HHonors credit cards!). Not wanting to pay $25 plus tip plus service charge for a hamburger from room service, I went down to the lobby and did the unthinkable at a hotel of this caliber-I asked about cheap fast food joints nearby. To my surprise, at the end of Rodeo Dr, only a block from the stores that are so high class if they knew I wrote this blog they wouldn’t let me walk by, are several fast food places. WIth a map from the front desk in hand I hit the street!
I walked, and walked, and walked and wished I had taken the nice lady’s offer of the free van ride. I strolled past restaurants where the people in Armani suits spilled out onto the sidewalk along with smooth sound of live jazz. I gazed into windows of jewlery stores where one item was easily worth more than I could hope to earn in a decade. Then, there it was, like the sale rack at Sacks-The Beverly Hills Diner.
Instead of men in tailored suits and women in form fitting evening gowns there were a couple of guys in old t-shirts enjoying an overstuffed burger. It was late and all the tourists were gone. I grabbed a menu, ordered a couple burgers, plus an unadvertised kids meal, and watched as it was cooked fresh right in front of me. The sizzle made me forget I was in high-class heaven because the sounds and smells brought me back to the greasy hamburger joint in the small city I grew up in. The burgers were served hot and wrapped up tight. As an added bonus they came with fries! All told for 4 hamburgers and two super-sized servings of fries, about $20.
I made it back to the Beverly Hilton-finally-and unwrapped my gift to my hungry family.
Maybe it was because we were starved. Maybe it was because I was able to feed a family of five for $20 in Beverly Hills. Maybe the burgers were just that good.
We ate well that night.
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