Dick Mondell’s (412 SW 4th Ave, Gainesville) was not on the original list of burger joints to hit up on this road food trip. I remember reading about their opening in December of 2018 and thinking, this looks like the kinda spot I’d love.
But, Dick Mondell’s somehow disappeared from my burger agenda until fate intervened. I ended up eating dinner one night at Satch Squared across the street.
Dick Mondell’s is a Drive-Thru
Dick Mondell’s building has plenty of character. The property was originally the home of the Sandwich Inn (since 1963), another excellent drive-thru burger joint in Gainesville.
This single drive-thru has some picnic tables for seating with no indoor whatsoever, but parking is pretty much non-existent. There is a window for walk-up or to-go orders too.
Since we had no intention to drive back to our hotel to eat, we made our way down the street and parked across from an apartment building to get our grub on.
Dick Mondell’s Burgers & Fries
We pull up to order, and a giant smile comes across my face. Yes, I’d like a Big Dick; please add American cheese. My inner junior high self enjoyed that moment.
Yes, the double patty burger at Dick Mondell’s is named The Original Big Dick. But, if you’re looking for its single patty counterpart, that fella is Dick Junior.
My wife Marcela ordered the Dick Junior with fries. I know what you’re thinking, so please keep all thoughts and jokes to yourself about that one.
The natural cut fries come in a snazzy retro french fry bag. I was so in love with my double chee, I never even snagged one fry.
I opted for pickles, onions, Dick’s sauce along with American cheese. The locally-made buns, which are toasted, added a nice crunch to the sandwich.
The double cheeseburger looks perfect. The old-schoolish griddled burger patties are right out of a luncheonette from the 1950s.
Dick Mondell’s nailed it; this is a freakin’ great burger. Why isn’t Dick Mondell’s getting more love from the press in the state of Florida?
On its next update in May for National Burger Month, I will get the wheels rolling by adding them to my Florida Burgers You Have to Try list. It’s the best I can do to help spread the good word!