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Main Street Burgers: healthy fast food in Los Gatos

Alice Patis | Feb 28, 2006 07:55 PM

Hubby and I were looking for a casual late lunch where we can take over a couple tables with our mess of paperwork, and chose Main Street Burgers. The interior is a marriage between a fast food joint and 50s diner. But it’s bright and clean (almost too clean; a couple tables smelled of Fantastik).

The burgers are touted to be Black Angus, Harris Ranch, natural (antibiotic, hormone free). The nibble I was able to steal revealed a very juicy tasty burger. Plus it’s cooked with some pink left in the middle. The requested oat wheat bun is a nice healthy alternative.

I was in a veggie mood and used the make your own burger feature: you choose your "meat" (beef or veggie burger, chicken breast, Alaskan wild salmon, or Portabello mushroom), your bun, and 4 toppings. The guy taking my order was really nice about my questions. Lettuce instead of a bun? Sure!! Sauteed mushrooms with a Portabello burger? Sure!! In the end it was a mix of mushrooms, onions and pickles, wrapped in a double layer of lettuce leaves, with some chipotle mayo on the side. Yeah, strange but exactly what I ordered. I like that the pickles are crunchy and light green, not the usual soft fast food pickles.

We also got a large order of half sweet potato fries, half onion rings. The rings were mostly stuck together (but crunchy and hot), and the fries – wow! Thin sticks were crispy outside (battered?), creamy inside. Some were so thin and fried well it was like eating a Terra Chip. Reading the Metroactive review, I found out their deep frying is done with non-hydrogenated oil, which is a rarity in casual joints like this one.

Service style is order at counter, pick up when your number is called. But when they called our number, the guy saw me and brought it to us anyway. When I asked where ketchup is located, he went to the self serve dispenser and brought me little cup with a smile. When we were done with lunch and were reading/working, the manager came and asked us how everything was, and removed our trash/trays for us. I felt a little spoiled.

It’s refreshing to see that you can pay just a bit more than Mickey Ds (it was under $20 including a soda) and get so much more delicious food, healthy choices, and very friendly service.

No wonder we didn’t see any multi-chain national fast food joints in that part of Los Gatos!

Link: http://www.metroactive.com/papers/met...

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