Located in a remodeled A&W, Healdsburger kept the outdoor seating, fast food counter service, and introduced more fresh products and cooking to order. The other big change from the A&W days is the beer and wine license. Besides a house white and red, the selection includes wines-by-the-glass from Healdsburg premium wineries. A couple years ago the ownership turned over, and a friend in town urged me to try the hand cut French fries made from fresh potatoes a la In-N-Out.
An order of small fries is only $2, making the generous serving double-plated on an aluminum baking sheet to catch the overfill even more surprising. The skin-on golden brown fries had excellent potato-y flavor, but they’re on the soft side despite the color with creamy interiors.
The “Big Daddy” Cheese Burger, $7.25, weighs in at 7 ounces of meat. When the grill man couldn’t tell me where the beef was sourced other than his assurance, “no pink slime”, I ordered mine medium-well with pepper jack cheese. Dressed with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup then swaddled in paper fast food style, the condiments were applied too liberally for my taste onto the lightly griddled balloon-bread sesame-seeded bun.
Very fresh garnishes, and the meat was cooked as ordered with nice browning for flavor and good eye appeal. I liked both the fries and the burger more than In-n-Out. Yet, the burger seems overpriced to me compared to other options in town.
48 Healdsburg Ave