Farmer Boys has spread like wildfire across California, but the new Hollywood location is among the first smack in the middle of LA. For those unfamiliar, this fast-casual chain focuses on classic burgers, fries, shakes, sandwiches and salads, with an equally robust breakfast menu. At its core, the franchise prides itself on ‘farm fresh,’ seizing the farm-to-table food trend decades before its recent surge in popularity.
The tagline is ‘nobody does it fresher;’ a tough mantra to live up to when your menu rarely tops $10. Farmer Boys does a good job of pulling it off, however. The Farmer’s Burger embodies the restaurant’s mission—a double cheeseburger with avocado, bacon, thousand island and the works on top of it. Get it with some monster onion rings or zucchini fries, which were hand-chopped and breaded in-house. Add on a cookies ‘n’ cream shake with Thrifty ice cream. Hearty, heavy, delicious.
For those looking for something on the lighter side, the Farmer’s chopped cobb salad boasts generous amounts of avocado, chicken, bacon and hard-boiled egg atop fresh greens, all chopped in-house. Sandwiches range from classic clubs and patty melts to the hearty pastrami, which absolutely lives up to its name.
Breakfast is served all day here. Farmer boys cracks its own eggs, serving up favorites such as the 3-egg plate, breakfast burritos and breakfast bowls that range from sausage, biscuits and gravy to country fried chicken.
Farmer Boys proves that farm-to-table dining doesn’t have to be expensive. This casual spot has been doing it for 35 years and counting. If you’re looking for a break from trendy haute-spots and want a hearty, classic American dining experience, this will be a breath of fresh air.
Benjamin Brown is a seasoned restaurant writer and hospitality consultant, serving up SoCal's hottest food news and reviews.