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Recession Obsession: Capitol Burgers

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A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it sticks in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed over Mozza2Go. Today we obsess...

In this town, burgers are like agents: everybody’s got one. Wait, that’s not quite right. But at least you get the idea: there’s no shortage of burger opinions, as we’ve already seen plenty of on this site. But one thing we should all be able to get behind is simple, delicious, cheap food.

Capitol Burger on Pico Boulevard in Mid City certainly has that rough exterior thing down pat. Nestled cozily in the middle of a forlorn parking lot where pigeons pester from signs declaring great deals for quinceañeras, less-than-charming ex cons stand inside the shack and wait to scribble down your order on a piece of scrap cardboard. Don’t bother calling your order in, the rotary phone has been ringing since the decade it was bought. If only because your food is slid to you Escape From Alcatraz-style under a row of metal bars in a cropped Bud Clamato box, Capitol Burger is our latest Recession Obsession.