The Sign, The Sign! Yes, one of their best things is this Sign.
Yesterday my wunderful blogging pal of countless months if not decades, South Pasadena Laurie, tempted me with fast food by posting a reminder of South Pasa’s Hi-Life Hamburger joint on her blog. I’m gonna share a couple of more photos here. (Pssst! Keep it secret. I don’t want Laurie to know I was checking out her territory)
Such was her temptation that I actually crossed the border into South Pasadena to get dinner at Hi-Life last nite! As much as I was trying to talk myself out of it (“What are you doing in So Pasa just for a taco…”), Laurie’s spell was so strong I was lead to their counter and placed my order. I’m a regular visitor of this place… about once every 2-3 years. In the past my favorite has been the beef or carne asada tacos.
I still remember a co-worker back in the last century, who still lives in So Pasa, calling me to ask if I wanted anything from Hi-Life to bring for lunch at work. I got the carne asada tacos. Very good!!
That was my 1st experience with The Hi-Life, Hamburgers that is.
Now, would I get high from my latest visitation to this joint tonite…
So, what to order??
As much as I wanted to avoid it, I ordered a fav, the Soft Taco Asada. BEFORE: Oh, woman, it looked as good as ever! It was big…and the price, small. AFTER: “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands”, is a slogan for some old food item. This taco, “Falls apart in your hands, not in your mouth,” unfortunately. The main problem lay with the corn tortillas. Either they were old, poor quality, insufficient for the amount of meat/tomato inside, or undercooked, despite being double-layered. The salsa given was ordinary house stuff. My Bottom Line: Average despite the disintegrating corn tortillas.
Since I was hungry & therefore in an eazier to please mood, I also got the 1/4 pounder Hamburger. The meat was a bit dry, overcooked on parts of its edge, and had a slight odor which is common with the burgers of some hamburger joints. Dressing was good. This Tastebud’s Opinion: In n Out & Rick’s are clearly better for the burger.
Washed it down with a Root Beer = Very Good & Fresh.
The premises were clean & organized with good lighting. Service was your average. Large, clear, clean windows encapsulate the restaurant which gives a nice refreshing feel & view. You would feel good about eating in here rather than taking out. Oh, and did I mention the highlight for me of the Hi-Life? It’s The Sign!
We also visited Pie N Burger, near Cal Tech, on Sunday. Packed with people. In contrast, what we had wasn’t packed with taste. Nothing especial.
I know these are just very casual food joints. Certainly not fine diners. Perhaps it’s too early in the year for them to be up to speed, or they’re having an off day, or we just ordered items they don’t do particularly well. This is just my personal opinion. I’m sure there are some others who could eat exactly the same things we had & then conjure up a glowing 5-Star review! Maybe I just expect more from well known iconic places which have been around quite a while.
Gotta run, gotta sleep, then it’s on to my next meal…