So the wife went on a girls trip one weekend. That meant I got to meet up with TPS for a local burger I’ve been wanting to try for quite a while. We met for brunch at The General Muir a sort of Jewish style deli that also branches out near Emory.
We started with some coffee/espresso while we waited for Mrs. TPS. TPS both got burgers obviously. While we waited for the burgers to come out we snacked on some pastrami poutine. Yes, pastrami poutine. It didn’t last long enough for photo evidence. It was a great way to blow through your daily alotted calories within five minutes.
Then the main event. The burger arrived. As you can tell, it’s a thin diner style patty. Once I removed the salad from the burger I was left with two patties, cheese, onion, and bread and butter pickles. The beef was juicy with a good crust to it. The bread and butter pickles gave nice hint of sweetness. The burger was really very enjoyable. The sweet and savory mix between the pickles and the burger made the burger seem to go by really quickly. It was gone before I even really knew it. It was almost jarring when I realized I was about to put down my last bite. It was just such a good mix of flavor and texture it left me wanting more. One the wife is off her limited eating out phase that she recently entered, I’d imagine we will make a return trip. Perhaps with Mr. and Mrs. TPS.
So I was in Nashville for work and happened to stumble across a quasi-fast food restaurant called Culver’s. I’d never heard of it before and to be honest was not thrilled about being there as we made our way to the door. Once, I got inside my mood changed quickly. I read the menu board and saw that this located was a franchise of a Wisconsin based chain. Their menu advertised butter burgers, which living in Atlanta are rare. I ordered a double with American cheese and grilled onions.
I was thrilled when this bit of crusty gooey goodness made its way in front of me. Now, I know as a chain this is probably not the greatest representation of a butter burger, but it was interesting. My palate could not detect any big difference from the butter other than a little more salt than usual. (Salted butter I presume). This was a thin diner style patty that was cooked through but managed to stay juicy. They were able to nail the crust especially on the bottom patty as you can see the lacy crust formation in the picture. After my visit I spent a little time on the company website looking to see where the closest Culver’s is to Atlanta. Alas, it’s in Greenville, SC. You can bet if I see one on the road in the future I will be making a pit stop. Especially considering that pricewise it’s comparable to your typical national fast food joint and in terms of what you get it blows them out of the water.
Over the previously mentioned trip, we also made it to New Haven and ate at Louis’ Lunch. The birthplace of the hamburger. This burger is obviously different from the others I’ve posted. It’s so significant historically that I had to go and make a pilgrimage.
The burgers here are cooked using the same vertical broilers that were used 100 years ago when the sandwich was invented. They use toast because their burgers out date the bun by a few years and they stay true to the original here. The menu doesn’t offer much, so we split three burgers and a potato salad. The potato salad is a winner and comes in a cup. This place is popular for sure, we had a long wait to both order and get our food. There were both locals and pilgrims such as myself who just had to get their hands on this piece of hamburger history.
Because of the vertical broilers they can’t really use a traditional cheese on the burger, so they use a cheese spread as it melts better for their uses. The first burger was very tasty. The second one unfortunately had some charred bits that tasted too much like carbon for my liking. It’s difficult to be consistent when using such fickle cooking devices and turning over as many burgers as they do every day.
I’m definitely glad I went, but will not be making a special trip in to New Haven again.
So the old lady and I went to Connecticut for the holidays and saw her family. Well, CT tends to be a major player in burgers. Both historically and stylistically. We made it to two of the destinations in Hamburger America. The first one was Ted’s in Meriden.
What makes Ted’s standout is the fact that their burgers are steamed. This is a very regional style that is very rare outside of central Connecticut. In my opinion that is a shame. This place blew me away. I had never had a burger quite like this. As you can see in the picture, the cheese was incredibly gooey. They have multiple steamer boxes, one for the burgers (or steamed cheesburgs as they like to call them) the other for the cheese. The cheese and meat go into their own pans which are placed in the steamer boxes and allowed to cook. The steam cooks the burgers very quickly. Our whole party was amazed at how quickly the burgers came out. As you can imagine with nowhere for the juices to go, the meat was very juicy. The cheese is Vermont white cheddar so it has a nice little bite to it. This picture shows my first burger there. I got grilled onions and cheese. It was a real treat. I enjoyed it so much that I ordered a second burger. This one with just cheese. Somehow, I enjoyed this one even more. The meat is packed very loosely and the result is a crumbly juicy burger. I still dream about this burger from time to time. I’m tempted to fork over the dough for a home steamer box. I think the old lady might kill me if I made that move.
This is a burger joint that absolutely did not disappoint and deserves a spot on the list of great burgers in America. It’s a good thing that Ted’s isn’t in my neighborhood as I would become a regular and would have trouble getting anything accomplished.
I’ve been quiet for quite a while. Well, here comes a bit of a dump of what’s been going on for me in terms of burgers recently.
Cheering on her dad is exhausting.
My mom made me a neck warmer to match my helmet. Now I will be color coordinated on the slopes. #thanksmom
Finally a dry day for our 7 on 7 lax tournament. #stilldryingout
This is at the Georgia welcome center. The state is real proud.