Mom's Burger that the boy and I drove into Compton (yes, the "born 'n raised in Compton" Compton) to enjoy. I said that we would continue the Ghetto Burger tour, and we recently added a new burger joint to the repertoire.
Just east of Crenshaw along Slauson Avenue lay a seemingly innocent burger stand with a small parking lot in front. It doesn't look like much, but good lawd' - DO NOT BE FOOLED!
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Fred's Downhome Burgers. With very pleasant and friendly service, Fred's knows how to throw down the burgers and the fries.
We ordered two King Burgers, which are 1/4 lb burgers with American cheese and 'everything on it' including onions, relish and mustard (everything except mayo for me). My BF had been here before, and he recommended we split the fries since one order is so large. The food is made fresh to order, so your best bet is to take a seat in the few chairs out in front of the stand. The range of customers lining up for a taste of Fred's will be entertainment enough, trust me. There's a car wash across the street as well, and we both had a great time seeing all of the tricked out and classic Cadies, Lincolns, etc. roll through it.
After about 15 minutes, our number was called. And let me just restate, for the record, how pleasant and sweet the girl working behind the counter was, FTW. There's nothing worse than dealing with someone who hates their job and makes it undeniably obvious to every customer... Back to the food - the food was definitely fresh, as it was piping hot. Starving after a morning of running errands, we sat to enjoy our meal immediately. The burgers were huge, and the order of fries to boot matched the burger size. Large and in charge.
The burger patty was obviously hand-formed, which helped retain that flavor with a less worked (or as I like to say, a less stressed) patty. It was juicy and charred beautifully. Cooked medium well, it was lightly salted and definitely held a torch to any gourmet burger at a 5-star restaurant, save for the messiness. The lightly toasted bun held together and didn't get soggy or fall apart. Two big thumbs up from me!!
The fries were an absolute site to behold and delight to taste. These were obviously freshly cut, and could easily be taken for thick cut steak frites anywhere else. And Fred's offers their fries with lots of delicious goodies, like chili and cheese, which I hear is also quite a treat. I just didn't have enough stomach room to indulge that day.
But trust me, I'll be seeing you again very soon, Fred. Next time, we're doin the chili fries. Downhome style for sure.