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Lucky Boy Burgers is the Home of Monster Burgers and Breakfast Burritos

By S. Mathur

Since opening in 1961, Lucky Boy has become a Pasadena landmark. Many people have stories of coming here with their grandparents, and the food is just as delicious as it was thirty years ago. They still do burgers the old-fashioned way here. For over thirty years, the no-frills burger stand has been serving up hearty portions of charred burger with huge slices of tomato on a grilled bun. They're known for their chili and breakfast burritos as well.

Lucky Boy was founded by two Greek immigrants escaping the devastation of war, recalls Owner Christina Karagias. Her father and uncle decided to open a diner where people could get huge helpings of scrumptious food, she says: "Christina Karagias, the Lucky Girl, is the daughter and niece of the two founders of Lucky Boy: her father, Ted Karas, and her uncle, John Rellos. With Greece devastated after World War II, they came to Southern California and decided to buy a restaurant. They worked eighteen hour days and had a good time flipping burgers."

The famous Lucky Boy burger, says Karagias "is a 1/4 pound high grade meat patty on a giant hamburger bun that requires two hands to eat." It's also bursting with crisp bacon, greens and cheese, and comes with a generous helping of fries. The onion rings and zucchini fries are a great accompaniment too.

For many regulars, though, the big draw is the breakfast burritos, also requiring two hands to eat and equally famous for the quantity of bacon. The famous breakfast burrito, says Karagias, "uses a large flour tortilla, filled with eggs, hash browns and then the customers choose the meats like ham, sausage, bacon and pastrami. One customer even requested steak." Los Angeles has embraced the breakfast burrito and the Lucky Boy version is regularly voted one of the best. There's also a delicious salsa on the side.

Other favorites include the pastrami sandwiches and the Carne Asada burrito that comes overloaded with avocado. Most people can't finish their burgers and burritos in one go, so there's usually some left to take home. Regulars also know that they can avoid lines at the counter at busy times by calling in their orders beforehand. For breakfast fans, it's good to know that the breakfast burritos and sandwiches are served from 6 to 10:30 am.

The dog-friendly patio is a big plus for those who like to bring along their canine friends for a treat. Lucky Boy is open every day from 6 am to 2 am, making it the perfect stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and any time in between. It's a source of serious sustenance after late night partying and some people even claim that the food has curative powers for hangovers. Lucky Boy also offers catering services and to-go trays through its catering division, Restaurant Republic.

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