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JANET DANDRIDGE and THE QUEST for the HOLY TURKEYBURGER.


IF I HAD A PENNY FOR EVERY TIME JANET DANDRIDGE HAS SAID THE WORD "TURKEYBURGER", I WOULD OWN EVERY TURKEY IN THE WORLD. IF I HAD A NICKEL FOR EVERY TIME JANET HAS SAID THE WORD "TURKEYBURGER", I WOULD OWN THE COPYRIGHTS TO THE WORD "TURKEYBURGER". IF I HAD A QUARTER FOR EVERY TIME JANET HAS SAID THE WORD "TURKEYBURGER", I WOULD OWN THE RIGHTS TO THE DNA GENOME SEQUENCE OF THE COMMON TURKEY. AND IF YOU HAD A DOLLAR FOR EVERY TIME I JUST WROTE THE WORD "TURKEYBURGER", YOU WOULD HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR HALF A TURKEYBURGER AT GOLDEN STATE. CHECK JANET'S PHOTO WORK OUT AT janetedandridge.com.

Not quite turkey burger heaven, but dang-gone close
Mmmm mmmm delicious. Good ol' hand-made turkey burgers and jalapeno cole slaw -- awwww yeah!! First I must ask, do you know how good a turkey burger is? I do. Turkey burgers for me are like a party in my mouth after a long week of work for the man – they make me feel soooo good. Turkey burgers are like receiving your Ph.D., you just wanna party when it's all over. Turkey burgers are God's gift to those folks who can not eat the other meat. I think that if everyone had a turkey burger at least once a month, the world would be a better place -- okay, okay, a little extreme, but I'm sayin' tho. It's great that burgers are a staple in Los Angeles, it's one of the reasons why I enjoy residing in this crazy place – the number of choices I have to find and savor the flavor of the best turkey burger.

So, my quest to find the best turkey burger ever led me to West Los Angeles, near Fairfax High School. I had the pleasure of eating my lunch the other day at a cute, eclectic, and hip little space on Fairfax Blvd below Melrose called Golden State. My friend Harold introduced me to this spot, and to Harold, I say thank you! When we were walking down the street to find Golden State, we almost passed it because there isn't a good visible sign on the front door/window, it looks more like a storefront if anything, but do not let the outside fool you! As soon as you actually locate the spot and step thru the front door, the aroma of good food smacks you in the face, in addition to the modern art along the walls, and open kitchen -- I always like it when I can see people cooking my food, it just makes the entire experience better. So, I go up to the front and check out the menu. Immediately, I see that I can order a turkey burger, and then as I read down the page, I see something new that I haven't ever seen before, jalapeno slaw. At first I thought it wasn't a good look, burning my tongue would not leave me capable of tasting the wonderful flavors of American cuisine. So, I asked the dude at the counter (whom I found out later was the owner) what he preferred, and he said exactly what I was thinking - the jalapeno slaw. So, I ordered my turkey burger, jalapeno slaw, and water. Harold and I took our number and sat at the table patiently waiting for the experience to begin. When we got the food, I just looked it over and knew that it was going to be good. My fork dipped into the slaw and I slipped a little bit of it into my mouth just to see what kind of flavor I was getting. . Awesome! I dislike mayonnaise with a passion, and at Golden State, I didn’t taste any mayonnaise in the slaw, they use some type of vinegar, lemon, and season blend that proved to be great! Then there was the turkey burger -- even though it tasted like a regular well-seasoned burger with fixins, it went perfectly with the jalapeno slaw. The turkey burger was hand-crafted for goodness sake...OMG! I ate my meal in like 15 minutes! If it wouldn't have been insane for me to order another burger (or if I wasn't dining with someone else), I would have. Unfortunately, the experience had to come to an end when I saw that my actual plate was clean, but I knew that I would be coming back there sooner than later to get something else. On a scale from 1 - 10, 10 being best, I give this place an 8. So try some Golden State, you might just like it.

JANET'S TASTY TIP: Go to Golden State for lunch: 429 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles. The burgers are $10 and good! But if you feel like $10 is too much for a burger, just go to the grocery store, buy some meat and seasonings, and make it an awesome mid-week lunch. You'll save money and enjoy your homemade cuisine. But still, go to Golden State to treat yourself at some point.

Golden State: thegoldenstatecafe.com
Whole Foods: wholefoodsmarket.com
Trader Joe's: traderjoes.com


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