Get Shorty

Short Order, which opened a few weeks ago in The Original Farmer’s Market (next to The Grove), is the latest in a number of upscale, hip, artisanal hamburger joints popping up around LA. Short Order is the creation of local celebrity chef Nancy Silverton (Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza, Campanile, La Brea Bakery) and chef Amy Pressman, who tragically died a few months ago before the restaurant opened. I’ve been there a few times already and while I don’t think Short Order’s burgers are as good as Umami’s, they are pretty darn good. They’re juicy, have brioche-type buns and ultra fresh ingredients. The menu features seven burgers, only three of which are beef; the others are turkey, pork, lamb and tuna. My favorite beef burger is Ida’s Old School Burger (pictured above) made with grass-fed beef, cheddar, pickles, tomato, griddled onion, iceberg lettuce and secret sauce. I also really like the unusual Pork Burger, which has rapini, Stracchino cheese, bibb lettuce and a lemony flavor.

Short Order is a two-story restaurant and I recommend sitting on the top level. I like the vibe up there better, probably because there’s a really cool bar with great cocktails designed by uber-talented mixologist Julian Cox. If you don’t want a burger, Short Order has “rafts” (open face sandwiches), melts, corn-dogs, as well as “pretzel pups” (two short dogs with kraut and mustard on a La Brea Bakery pretzel bun) which is the only thing I’ve had there which I didn’t really like. To accompany your burger or sandwich, I recommend getting a basket of the Short Order Spuds, which are closer to crispy potato skins than fries, along with the sour cream dipping or truffle sauce. Like any respectable burger joint, Short Order has rich, creamy shakes, and Short Order makes theirs with house-made frozen custard. You can finish your meal with a yummy seasonal mini pie or an awesome chocolate chip cookie.

If you want more of a dessert selection or a snack for later, walk over to Short Cake, the bakery sister of Short Order, which opened in the Farmer’s Market this past weekend. Short Cake’s array of gourmet baked goods is quite impressive. They have several savory items, including an excellent Anson Mills Corn Muffin with Aged Cheddar and Hatch Chiles, a very good Quiche with Bacon, Leeks and Comte cheese, and a delicious Feta Scallion Scone. The sweet offerings include Twice-Baked Hazelnut Croissants, Chocolate Cinnamon Babka, Sesame Date Scones, Chiffon Cake with Orange Curd and Meringue, Chocolate Bun Bread Pudding and amazing “Brunette” Bars with Pine Nuts and Thyme. Short Cake shares its Farmer’s Market stall with Single Origin Coffee, which serves pour-over coffee brewed to order.

Short Order and Short Cake are located in The Original Farmer’s Market at 6333 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles.

Nancy's Backyard Burger with cheddar, pickles, tomato, griddled onion, iceberg lettuce and secret sauce

Pretzel Pups

Pork Burger with rapini, Stracchino cheese and bibb lettuce

Short Order Spuds with dipping sauce

Mini Kabocha Pie topped with frozen custard

The patio on the top level

A nicely stocked bar of premium spirits and luxury liquors

Short Cake

"Brunette" with pine nuts and thyme

Anson Mills Corn Muffin with Widmer Two Year Aged Cheddar and Hatch Chiles

Short Order on Urbanspoon


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6 Responses to Get Shorty

  1. Sounds like; can’t wait to try it!

  2. jin

    so close to me and i’ve been dying to try this place. thanks for the review!

  3. that all looks dangerously delicious! will have to check it out!

  4. Dro

    Been there once. It was not good. The beef was chewy and the bun was a soggy mess. The bun was like a sponge soaked in blood and fat. I would definitely stick to Umami if you want a high end burger. And don’t get the nicoise raft. It was a reformed patty of chopped up tuna on top of lettuce, an egg and a piece of soggy bread. Oh, and the waiters were terrible. Very bad service. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give it a three, and that is only because we saw the Fonz there. Otherwise it would get a 2.

  5. Was wondering about this place. so many burger joints. also curious – did you eat everything you took pics of or was it just a photo opp for them?

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