My daughter chuckled as I tried biting into the thick Ida’s Old School Burger made with a large grass-fed beef patty and layered with melted cheddar cheese, pickles, heirloom tomatoes, savory grilled onions, crisp iceberg lettuce and Executive Chef Christian Page’s secret sauce. “Our beef doesn’t come from the smelly cattle ranches along the 5 freeway,” divulged Page, a hipster with a Bavarian hat and charming attitude. “We work with four small farms up in Northern California. Where we get our cows, you would want to sit down and have a picnic in the pasture.”
This delicious burger is named after the daughter of Suzanne Tract (Jar restaurant). She is a personal friend of two award winning chefs: Nancy Silverton and Amy Pressman, the creators of Short Order and Short Cake. This dynamic duo became friends in the early 80s, while working in the pastry kitchen at the legendary Spago restaurant off Sunset Blvd.
Silverton later opened La Brea Bakery as the head baker and Campanile as the esteemed pastry chef with her ex-husband (another Spago alum) Mark Peel. A few years ago, Silverton opened the mega successful Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza.
After her stint at Spago’s, Pressman worked as a pastry chef at Pasadena’s Parkway Grill and later opened Pasadena’s Old Town Bakery.
Courtesy of the Beverly Press – Park La Brea News. Published on 1/12/12. Click here to read the rest of my article via Short Order: Long on Flavor.