The heart and soul of the menu at Short Order are the burgers. Options on offer include the eponymous Short Order Burger, which features a patty of grass-fed beef, morbier cheese, griddled mushrooms, bibb lettuce and mustardy mayo ($12), Nancy's Backyard Burger made with Nancy Silverton's beef blend, artisan bacon, comte cheese, avocado, tomato, onion, iceberg lettuce and spicy mayo ($13), and Ida's Old School Burger made with grass-fed beef, pickles, tomato, griddled onion, iceberg lettuce and secret sauce ($11). There is a veritable Noah's ark of burger possibilities with lamb, turkey, tuna and pork available in addition to the standard beef. The burgers are served a la carte, with sides available for an additional price.
The Ida's Burger (pictured above) was tasty when I sampled it the first week Short Order was open. It was a little rarer than I would have preferred but as the kitchen was still getting up to speed, we didn't expect perfection. The bun is also of high quality, which is pretty much a given, considering Silverton's involvement. Silverton was a pastry chef at Spago and founded the La Brea Bakery, before co-founding Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza. To say she knows bread is an understatement.
In addition to Old School Fries ($3), Short Order Spuds ($4) are also available. These delicious little fries (above) are a cross between potato skins and tater tots. Addictive, hot and ready to be dipped into the accompanying sauces. The Spuds are a must order.
I sampled the Chocolate Malt Shake ($6) which was rich and chocolatey. I split it with a friend (half portion pictured below) and it was worth every penny and calorie. Shakes aren't the only beverages on offer. Up a flight of stairs is a bar where Julian Cox of Rivera, Playa, Sotto and Picca created a cocktail program to complement the food. Quality cocktails in the farmer's market? That's all I need to know to know I will be back.
Short Order: 6333 W. 3rd Street, the Farmer's Market (adjacent to Du Par's), Mid City. Phone: (323) 761-7970. Website: http://www.shortorderla.com/