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Eye Nosh: Yuca's for a Cheesburger & a Taco

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Photo by oranges are not the only fruit via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr

Burger devotees in Los Angeles will never tire of touting their favorite go-to joint for the all-American meat-and-bun dish, and some make finding the best a life-long (and noble pursuit). LAist Featured Photos pool member oranges are not the only fruit recently submitted these shots of a meal at Yuca's that was mostly about the burger. On their blog, What You See is What You Eat, the story of the meal is told:

The cheeseburger here isn’t Pete’s, it isn’t Father’s Office, it isn’t even In-N-Out. It’s not trying for this. Consistent with the pure nature of its tacos and burritos, the burgers here don’t try to distract you with fancy trimmings - no aiolis, no grilled onions. Nope, their cheeseburgers harks back to that wonderful time when you were at the transition stage between the Happy Meal and Big Mac — a simple cheeseburger without the distraction of a cheap toy or a patty sitting on the second story. This is, simply: bun, ketchup + mustard, lettuce, tomato, patty, bun. Simply. The only thing that differentiates this burger from the one that you’d make on your grill is that your grill doesn’t have decades worth of well seasoned and well worn flavors of asada, carnitas, etc seared into it. Yuca’s cooks the patty on the same surface that they’re making all the other meat fillings, so you get a patty that is the best of all animal kingdoms. You can eat this in all of 2 minutes, but at ~$2, it’s exactly right for what you get. And, with a taco or two, just hits the spot.
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Wait, they have tacos, too?

Photo by oranges are not the only fruit via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr

Yuca's is known for their cochinita pibil taco:

Seasoned, slow-roasted pork with just a smattering of onions, tomatoes, no salsa (unlike the other tacos and burritos, which I always thought would benefit from having just a bit of salsa to balance out the meatiness of the meat). Yuca’s doesn’t want you to turn your attention away from the porky star of the show; the onions and tomatoes barely accentuate the sweetness of the stewed juices.

Yuca's is at 2056 Hillhurst Ave. in Los Feliz

Got a beef with this pick for a burger? Tell us where you like to go in the comments. Better yet, go there, eat one, (and order up some French Fries while you're at it!), and submit your delicious photos to our Flickr Pool--just be sure to tag them "eye nosh."

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