Grill 'Em All
The winners of the Food Network's <em>Great Food Truck Race</em> reached peak popularity with their food truck offerings that they had to go brick-and-mortar. The result is this quirky heavy metal-themed Alhambra spot that specializes in insanely over-the-top half-pound burgers. The fast-casual diner loads its burgers with accouterments like deep-fried bacon and grilled onion to cream cheese and pastrami. Whatever you get (there are about 15 options), be sure to make it a combo and get an order of the equally loaded hand-cut fries.
The metalhead’s burger shop started as a food truck in 2009, gaining a fiendish legion of fans at the peak of the truck craze before thundering into a storefront in Alhambra in 2013. They won their fame off of a menu of wild combinations inspired by legends like the Dee Snider with peanut butter, strawberry jam, bacon, and sriracha, and the Napalm Death with pepper jack, pickled jalapeno, jalapeno poppers, and cream cheese. It’s hard to say whether it’s better to burn out or slowly fade away, but it’s been more than a decade and Grill Em All doesn’t seem ready to do either one.