Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Lowdown: The Oinkster in Eagle Rock

Turn up those Golden Oldies, hop into your T-bird, and head over to The Oinkster. Just opened on hip Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock, the 1950s-inspired restaurant is sure to be your new favorite--especially if you're an Oxy student living right down the street.

While Eagle Rock is now home to lots of great restaurants, The Oinkster is unique in that it manages to combine many of their best qualities under one A-line roof. A fusion of retro and modern cuisine, of fast food and gourmet dining, and of hipster and family-friendly clientele, The Oinkster has it all.

The Oinkster’s $10-and-under menu offers 1950s diner-style seasoned burgers, tasty fries, thick milkshakes, and delicious ice-cream sundaes served up in a fun, retro atmosphere. Though specializing in the era of poodle-skirts and letter-jackets, The Oinkster also manages to do credit to the tastes of the new millennium. The restaurant’s surprisingly extensive menu offers numerous alternatives to the traditional burger and fries combo, with options including Thai chicken salads, veggie burgers, and variety of bakery delights. While reviews have been mixed so far, the food quality is getting more consistent and the service is also better. But forgot the reviews: I can’t get enough of the peanut butter and jelly cupcakes!

The Oinkster also provides the option to dine in or to take that meal to-go. If you do decide to eat at The Oinkster, you’ll be more than comfortable. Red booths and glossy tables allow for 50 to eat comfortably inside, and a cute outdoor patio provides space for 50 more. Sit down and enjoy the people watching (everyone from fashionistas to school kids) or grab lunch for the office.
—Tessa Basford

The Oinkster
2005 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, 90041
for fax orders: (323) 255-6464