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Le Roi du Hamburgers


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Le Roi du Hamburgers

Mike G | Sep 7, 2002 12:33 AM

Couldn't help it, towing a kid around, he was hungry, I had lunch at Burger King. Hey, it only happened once in a week that included Los Mogotes and Sher-a-Punjab and Anatolia Kebab and Hot Doug's. And trying Yellow Rose Cafe, way up on Elston, to see if it was an unsung breakfast place. (It was pretty decent, but not worth a serious drive.)

It is fascinating sometimes to apply one's finely honed Chow instincts to mass-produced crap. In this case they have some new hamburgers, supposedly tasting more like barbecue grilled burgs than the others do.

What this means is they've put some kind of seasoning which is somehow supposed to make them taste more barbecued. Sort of like barbecue potato chips, I assume. It was vaguely spicy. But mostly it was just wrong. There was a weird sharp note to the meat that seemed off, even like spoiled-off almost. If one must have a fast food patty, it needs to be its usual bland self. This was just weird. And made weirder by being put on a bun that was trying to imitate the kind of bun that Gonnella and S. Rosen make that's split on top into three parts and has little flecks of cornmeal or something. It looked like one, but like a Hollywood prop, it was made of the usual styrofoam fluff underneath. (The Bagelwiches are on a similar trompe l'baked good that looks like a bagel but squeezes like Charmin.)

My son ate his all up.

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