When I got word that Cinefamily – one of my absolute favorite places to experience films in L.A. – was hosting their very first pop up restaurant dedicated entirely to rare junk food flavors, I did not hesitate to say “count me in.” I was beyond psyched that a place I had been frequenting for years had heard of my work and had invited me to indulge in their carefully curated menu. ‹ Side note, Cinefamily has one of the best concession stands in L.A. if not for their cupcake selection alone › JUNK was a bold endeavor held in conjunction with the Everything Is Festival, presented by FlamingoShoe. Cinefamily fired up the grill, obtained a temporary liquor license, and increased everyone’s caloric intake by at least 3000 that weekend.
The Luther Burger, if you are not familiar, is named after Luther Vandross and its makeup consists of a hamburger patty placed between 2 glazed doughnuts which act as the bun. This is one of those things you take a bite of just once a year lest we forget Luther died of a heart attack. At JUNK, they gave the burger a California makeover, adding fresh kale to a patty already boasting bacon, cheese and pickled onions. The bitterness of the kale cut into the sweetness of the doughnut quite nicely, allowing a better balance. Paired with a side of Lays Ketchup Chips, I felt like I was eating a meal in an alternate universe.
It felt only natural to follow that burger with OREOS on the half shell, a colorful plate offering the daily selection of fresh caught exotic OREOS, OREO puree, berry mignonette and Maldon sea salt. That night’s selection offered the rarest OREOS: birthday cake, watermelon, and neapolitan. Not typically a fan of these cookies, I must admit I fell hard for sprinkled birthday cake flavor. Do you have a cavity yet? If not, this Kit Kat Panna Cotta made with Japanese cookies + cream Kit Kat crumbles will do it for you. Now say that 5xs fast.
If you are craving these insane treats you’ll have to wait until JUNK’s next pop up! Until then, I will cherish the memory.
Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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