Freshly ground sirloin patties, made to order: that’s the name of the game at Haché LA (pronounced ah-shay), Silverlake’s newest burger bar on Sunset Boulevard. Occupying the former Tarascos space across the street from Night + Market Song, Haché LA is brought to you by restaurateur Michael Schepers, who already has a similar concept in Orange County called Mick’s Karma Bar.
In France, you’ll typically see steak hache (the French word for “minced”) as an oval patty, without bread. But for Schepers’ purposes, he grills a circular patty, puts it on a soft, fluffy cracked wheat bun from a Jewish bakery in Orange, and calls it a burger.
“I didn’t put the word ‘burger’ on the sign out front because I don’t want to confuse people. This is something different,” says Schepers. “Instead of chuck or brisket, I’m using steak, which makes it less greasy. I don’t want people to get the idea that this is a regular burger place where you can expect something like spicy chicken sandwiches. That’s just not what we do.”
Haché LA is still in the midst of their soft launch and for now has a limited menu: two kinds of burgers, fries, strawberry basil lemonade, beer, and wine. Ten bucks will get you a combo of hache, fries, and juice. Once they officially launch on September 18, they will be integrating more items that you’ll currently find at Mick’s.
“We’re going to make a vegan patty too,” says Schepers. “After all, PETA headquarters are just a couple blocks away.”
Haché LA is making good use of an outdoor patio space that was once obscured from plain view. Now lined with wooden benches and tables, there’s plenty of room to enjoy a warm summer’s night with a drink in hand (and, best of all, there’s ample parking!). Despite the surge of restaurants in Silverlake, the area was in need of another outdoor, casual drinking spot besides El Chavo. Add a steak burger into the equation and you’ve got yourself a reliable hangout.
The restaurant is currently only open for dinner, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. But once it fully opens in mid-September, it will be open for lunch and dinner, noon to midnight, 7 days a week
Haché LA, 3319 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 323-928-2963