Monday, June 2, 2008

Hamburger America - Book Review

Hamburger America : One Man’s Cross Country Odyssey to Find the Best Burgers in the Nation
George Motz is a man that loves a good hamburger. And he’s willing to travel anywhere in the U.S. to find it. Though he doesn’t travel to all 50 states, Mr. Motz has managed to find an amazing selection of offerings from deep-friend burgers to steamed burgers.

There’s Louis’ Lunch, one of the oldest (if not the oldest) continuously operating hamburger restaurant in the U.S. and still owned & operated by the same family. Located in New Haven, Connecticut their burgers are prepared in the original ovens which broil the meat in vertical grates and are served on toast, not buns. Why toast? When the Lunch began serving hamburgers in 1900, buns weren’t an option and the family continues the original bread tradition.

Other interesting reviews include The Meers Store & Restaurant in Oklahoma, making hamburgers from their own texas longhorn beef, served on a special 7-inch bun. And Chicago’s Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, which not only serves an excellent burger but claims to be the inspiration for the classic SNL Skit “Cheezboiger-Cheezboiger.”

Located at 641.662 M923h – Hamburger America also has an accompanying DVD which spotlights a few of the restaurants. I defy you to read (or watch) and not get hungry!

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