Bravo Burgers, 1215 N. White Ave. (at Orange Grove), Pomona; also 4968 Pipeline Ave. (at Chino Hills Parkway), Chino Hills
Before Monday’s Pomona council meeting, I dropped into Bravo Burgers for a bite. It’s apparently a small chain operation, with an outlet in La Verne, among other cities. [But not anymore. — DA, 2016] The one I visited is in Pomona, at Orange Grove and White avenues, next to DiCarlo Liquor and its neon champagne bubbles sign.
Nicer inside than you’d expect — Bravo, not DiCarlo — and my $2.85 burger was hot and satisfying, with a thick tomato slice, lettuce, pickles and onion. I like how it came not only wrapped in paper, but served on a paper plate. Made me think of a more genteel era when this newfangled item might have been called a hamburger sandwich.
Overall, I’d rank the Bravo experience up there with Golden Ox, Classic 66, K ‘n F and Samo’s, Pomona’s other contributions to burger excellence. I say bravo.
Update April 2016: I returned to get photos to add to this 2007 post, among my first on this blog. Bravo was as I remembered, well-maintained and clean, and the employee who took my order gave me a friendly greeting, unusual for this type of restaurant.
The menu has salads, burgers, pastrami and other sandwiches, tacos, dinners and full breakfasts. I got a chili cheese burger as a combo ($8.45). The burger was standard, with crisp lettuce, tomato and thousand island, and with the chili akin to another condiment. The fries were standard too. But they came with a glass bottle of ketchup and on a plate, two more welcome touches.
So, nothing fancy here, but a wide-ranging menu and a clean environment. Also, there’s a small, semi-shaded patio, although it’s right next to the drive-through.