One of our very own dishes out equal amounts of food envy and style advice. Dig in.
Our L.A.-based producer, Mei Ly is a total foodie, but not in the no-carbs, gluten-free kind of way that one might assume about anyone living in this juicery-lined city. She loves her local KFC just as much as that trendy fried chicken and donuts eatery downtown, which is just one of the many reasons why she’s so rad. To get her two cents on some of the best no-fuss grub L.A. has to offer—and what she wears to polish it off—we tagged along on her photo-worthy food tour of tasty burgers.
“In-N-Out Burger is an L.A. institution. Before I moved to L.A., every time I visited, I would make whoever I was with come to In-N-Out with me. The tourists and the locals love it, which is how you know it’s good. My go-to meal is the cheeseburger combo, even though I got a double double today. If you go the off-menu route, you can’t beat an animal style burger, which comes with pickles and cheesy grilled onions. Their secret spread is also real gem—it’s the thing that keeps you coming back for more. Nobody can compete with that spread.”
“This look felt very California to me. In-N-Out has a chill, summery vibe, and it’s also kind of a trendy place, so I opted for two-tone raw hem jeans and a bright graphic tee. And, of course, my trusty Vans, because they go with everything.”
“Cassell’s Hamburgers was our second stop of the day. I had just finished eating a double double, but I still slammed this Cassell’s cheeseburger. It’s one of the best burgers in town, hands down. Everything about it was just so delicious, from the patty to the Parker House bun. It was so good, I wanted to order an extra bun. The fixings come on the side, which I like because you can add as much or as little as you want. Even the presentation was just so damn cute. I didn’t try the pie, but next time…”
“Cassell’s is in Koreatown, which is a really bustling neighborhood. A lot of young people hang out here because of all the new bars and restaurants popping up. There’s nothing new-wave about Cassell’s, so I kept this look pretty casual. Nothing says classic like a simple tee and denim. Plus, the red and blue give it an Americana feel, which seemed fitting. I’m all about the details, so the stripes on the side of the skirt were a nice touch.”
“We finished the tour at Haché LA, a French burger spot in Silver Lake serving up steak patties. I got the karma burger, which is their staple. It has special karma sauce, American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. It was my third burger of the afternoon, so I was a bit burger-ed out, but for the sake of the story, I powered through. Not gonna lie, I’ve had better buns, but the place was cute and their rosé was just what I needed. For a quick bite, it does the trick. Their covered patio is great, and parking’s a breeze, which is a real deal-breaker in this city.”
“I chose an easy, flowy wrap dress for my final look, which was perfect for that L.A. breeze coming through. I love the blush-tone color of this dress; it feels elegant but also young and fun, since it’s on the shorter side. My good friend made the necklace that I’m wearing, so it’s really special to me. It has a black agate stone, which promotes inner strength. I thought it paired perfectly with this black patent bag. I felt so French! It just made sense.”