Who Would Think That Would Work: Pearl Dragon, Wing Ding Burger
Pacific Palisades Restaurants
Against all odds, many peculiar pairings or occurrences end up sensible, on occasion, downright marvelous. Eyebrows to reroute sweat from the eyes. A leaning tower in Pisa. A Korean BBQ Taco, aka the Kogi food truck. Salt water and swimming pools. The Odd Couple. A NY Giants fan and Patriots fan. And, another seemingly absurd achievement: a cheeseburger at an Asian restaurant. Yes, that just happened!
Pearl Dragon (2001) restaurant corrals many nonsensical conclusions, and then the Wing Ding Burger (please, add cheese) evaporates each. At first bite, I closed my eyes to hear the Yankees scoring their 15th run against the Red Sox, loud sport’s bar sounds clamoring for my insanity—arrogantly seated in Sonny McLean’s. But, I open my eyes to view my true location, beside a sushi bar, bountiful Far East dishes flowing from the kitchen to eager patrons. At second bite, I got emotional; yes, the burger’s for real!
A shrimp salad and dumplings provided a pleasant forecast of things to come—succulent texture and even-flavor grew our confident burger-anticipation. Then, the Wing Ding Burger arrived…juicy medium-rare-meat tenderized from a soak in Szechuan marinade and topped simply by house-made-mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion; a fresh, slightly sweet roll seals the deal as one of the best burgers in Los Angeles. The Wing Ding Fries likewise impress—crispy with a surprising tangy finish. Find this Asian fusion restaurant nestled in Pacific Palisades, where Pearl Dragon began its burger notoriety under 50-years of former ownership, House of Lee. Today, it’s a money Los Angeles date idea that begs repeat visits. Yeah, that good!
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