Hamburger America: A State-by-State Guide to 150 Great Burger Joints

By George Motz

America's hamburger specialist George Motz returns with a very up-to-date version of Hamburger the USA, now with one hundred fifty institutions the place readers can locate the simplest burgers within the state. George Motz has made it his own venture to maintain America's hamburger history, and his travelogue spotlights the nation's top roadside stands, nostalgic diners, mom-n-pop outlets, and school city favorites—all with George's photos and statement all through. even if you're an armchair traveller, a significant gourmet, or curious adventurer, Hamburger the USA is an important source for reclaiming this worthwhile slice of Americana.

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M. if a person desires one. ” whilst I visited J&W there has been no song taking part in, simply the sounds of the exhaust fan, regulars conversing approximately simply getting off an evening shift, and the sizzle of burgers at the griddle. It used to be fresh to take pleasure in my burger with out track for as soon as, simply the spell binding sounds of the US. JOHNNIE’S GRILL 301 SOUTH ROCK ISLAND | EL RENO, okay 73036 405-262-4721 | MON–SAT 6 AM–9 PM sunlight eleven AM–8 PM Steve Galway is a devoted guy. the 1st time I visited Johnnie’s to flavor an onion-fried burger, the satisfaction of El Reno, Oklahoma, Steve used to be no longer there. “He is available in each day at two,” a counterperson informed me. however it used to be three p. m. and he used to be nowhere to be discovered. That’s simply because Steve is available in on a daily basis at 2 a. m. to prep the eating place for the day and is passed by eleven a. m. Now that’s commitment to burgers. whilst i eventually stuck up with him we had a protracted speak about what it takes to maintain a cafe profitable. “Give the simplest you’ve acquired and the folk will come back,” are the phrases he lives via. He has to be doing whatever correct simply because at any time when I’ve been there where has been packed—the humans almost definitely get back. Don’t be fooled through the really nondescript external of Johnnie’s Grill. positioned on one of many major drags in downtown El Reno, the straightforward, brick-faced eating place is determined again from the road through a small car parking zone. the one home windows are the glass within the entrance door and a small drive-up on one part of the development. the interior is vibrant and fresh with a sea of tables and cubicles, a truth you couldn't think from a car park overview. There’s additionally a brief counter with seven stools and a transparent view of the massive flattop griddle that’s frequently loaded with onion-fried burgers. This model of Johnnie’s is new as of 2005. ahead of that, Johnnie’s was once a slim burger joint on the comparable situation with a counter at the left and 4 cubicles at the correct. ahead of that, the unique position was once around the highway, yet, collapsed less than the load of snow in 1986. Today’s Johnnie’s may possibly simply seat as much as 100. There’s even a “party desk” within the new Johnnie’s that seats twenty. yet for all its newness, Johnnie’s continues to be the most traditionally very important purveyors of the El Reno onion-fried burger, very important since it turns out that every one roads lead again there. Sid and Marty corridor from the preferred Sid’s (only blocks away) either labored on the counter and Johnnie himself introduced the onion-fried burger south while he opened the J&W Grill of Chickasha in 1957. Order a hamburger at Johnnie’s and it comes general with onions smashed in. within the outdated days, onion used to be utilized in a burger to stretch the day’s meat and so as to add style, yet Steve advised me, “Back then it used to be loads of onion and a bit meat. ” The grillman takes a ball of fresh-ground chuck, slaps it at the grill, covers it with thin-sliced onions, and starts off urgent the patty until eventually the onion and beef are one. the skinny patty chefs at the scorching griddle till the meat has a crunchy char and the onions are caramelized.

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