So I run across the Hamburger America website not realizing the greatness I’m about to experience. Not only is there a book where George Motz presents a hundred burgers spots in 39 states, but there’s a 2005 documentary where he covers eight hamburger joints across the U.S. as well as a blog (which you really should read). The film received a nomination for a James Beard Award which is pretty impressive. So which places were reviewed on the documentary?
Heres are the places, with their locations and a little info to wet your whistle, check it:
Ted’s Restaurant – Meriden, CT : home of steamed cheeseburgers.
Louis’ Lunch – New Haven, CT : , burgers are flame broiled in a contraption vertically, only cheese, tomato and onion, never ketchup, mustard or mayo, on 2 pieces of toasted white bread. The Library of Congress web site states that the first hamburgers and steak sandwiches in U.S. history were served in New Haven, Connecticut, at Louis’ Lunch sandwich shop established in 1895 (the actual first hamburger was served there in 1900 though)
The Meers Store – Meers, OK : 97% lean grass fed Longhorn beef from their own Longhorn herd, “Some folks like mayo on their burgers we call this a sissy burger, others like ketchup on their burgers we call this yankee burger.”
The Wheel Inn Drive-In – Sedalia, Mo : Guber Burger (burger with melted peanut butter)
Solly’s Grille – Glendale, WI : home of the Butter Burger.
Dyer’s Restaurant – Memphis TN : Deep fried hamburgers since 1912. You have to watch what happens when they move to their new location and how the oil is transported.
The Bobcat Bite – Sante Fe, NM : “Green Chile Burger”, this looks pretty amazing.
The Billy Goat Tavern & Grill – Chicago, IL : recreated as the Olympia Diner in a skit from Saturday Night Live (featuring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray) The little clip after the credits about this location is probably the funniest thing in the film. Also, the Billy Goat curse merits mention.
If you’re a fan of burgers, you can’t go wrong with Hamburger America.