Just as I pulled into the strip mall where Frita Queen was located I noticed two things. First, Frita Queen closed up shop and secondly, what in the world is Captain John’s Steamed Cheeseburgers? Now, I’m familiar with this regional style of Burger because of the George Motz documentary Hamburger America where he profiled Ted’s Restaurant in Meriden, Connecticut and their steamed Cheeseburgers.
Steamed Cheeseburger from Wikipedia: The steamed cheeseburger is cooked in a stainless-steel cabinet which contains small trays that hold either an individual hamburger or a chunk of cheese to be melted. The cheeseburger is served by scooping the meat onto a bun and pouring the melted cheese over the meat. The burger can be served with a number of customary toppings.
At 48 seconds into the trailer you can see a “Steamed Cheeseburger”:
I’ve never had a Steamed Cheeseburger so I was ecstatic. My dad who was with me was more amused at my excitement than at the idea of trying a new style of Cheeseburger. The melted cheese had the consistency of a cheese fondue and the Burger was moist like a great Meatloaf. The bun isn’t exactly my favorite but something about the combination of all the parties involved continues to intrigue me. This Burger won’t work without that kind of Cheese on it and that could be what makes it so special.
There was a standard Chargrilled CheeseBurger on the menu which was pretty good too. I didn’t try anything else but the entire menu is below so you can check it out. Captain John’s even has a daily Quiche. I’m gonna try to hit them up for Breakfast as those sandwiches sound killer.
Let me know what you get.
Don’t Get Steamed, Get Full:
Captain John’s Steamed Cheeseburgers
28838 South Dixie Highway Homestead, FL 33033