The Apple Pan
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The Apple Pan is a restaurant locally famous for its hamburgers and apple pies served with vanilla ice cream. The seating is a single U-shaped counter surrounding the central food preparation area. The Zagat Survey features The Apple Pan in various Top Lists, including Burgers Tops and Best Buys. In addition to being one of Los Angeles’ oldest continuing operating restaurants, The Apple Pan is notable as the basis for the popular Johnny Rockets chain of restaurants. Johnny Rockets founder Ronn Teitlebaum claimed he used The Apple Pan as a model for his successful 1950s-themed franchise, copying the menu, presentation, counter seating and grilling area for the Johnny Rockets chain based on this original restaurant: a small two-sided menu with few items, hamburgers served wrapped in paper and on cardboard plates, hamburgers grilled-to-order in full view of the counter-seated customers. As the restaurant is 1.2 miles from the 20th Century Fox studios on Pico Blvd., celebrities occasionally dine there. Popular meals include the Hickoryburger and the Steakburger. The Hickoryburger features a special hickory sauce, while the Steakburger comes with a trademark hamburger relish. In addition to apple and pecan pies, various cream pies are available. Soft drinks are served in a can, which is poured by the customer into a white paper cone that fits inside a metallic holder.