It's hard not to love a place like Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill. The name alone says "neighborhood watering hole and stick-to-your-ribs grub."
Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill, with all its funkiness, has catered to the Burbank locals since 1939. It must be doing something right because it has had only three owners since that time. It was one of my favorite places in the early 1970s when I was the sports editor of the Burbank Daily Review.
When I returned last week after a 35-year absence, swinging open the saloon doors, it was like walking into a time warp. It could have been 1975 all over again. The atmosphere was the same — a pool table right in front of me, the long bar to the left, booths to the right, the patio straight ahead. The friendliness of the wait staff was infectious.
That is all fine and dandy, but what about the food? Tinhorn Flats is known for its eclectic hamburger menu. I selected the bacon cheeseburger ($8.50), with steak fries. I'm not a big steak fries guy, but these were good. The half-pound burger, with its handmade patty made fresh daily, was awesome. It was so big, I had trouble opening my mouth wide enough to take a bite. There are 14 burger choices on the menu from the American Classic to Mushroom Swiss to Jalapeno Cheddar. All burgers are $8.50 with the exception of the Tinhorn Cheese Burger ($7.50).