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Two-Fisted Burger at Railroad Cafe, Livermore

Shep | Mar 9, 200505:36 PM

"This is a Happy House", it says on the menu; and from the expressions of the servers, cooks, and customers, that is the case. In 30 minutes, I would share their view.

Found this place on Cheeseburger in Paradise ("The cheeseburger is an important part of the American diet"), linked below, and finally got there today. This big open room, with the yellow patterned wallpaper, the display dishes on wall racks, the curtains over the big windows, says "somebody's kitchen that they're proud of, here". This is Old Livermore, men at the counter, women and couples at the tables. Lots of "Hi, Bob," and "See ya later, Ruthie," and Ollalieberry Crisp on the special board.

I asked for, and received, a bacon burger with fries extra crisp. The burger, well, if you were to remove the 10-oz medium-rare patty, you'd still have a very respectable BLT, with thick-sliced, smoky bacon and ripe tomato slices. It was two-fisted eating to the last bite. The skin-on fries came nicely crisp, in a big golden mound that filled any room left on the plate by that burger. That was my burger for March, and it made my month.

What else they got? How about French Toast with Bananas Foster? Cheese Blintzes with strawberries. Pork Chorizo and Potato Omelette. Welsh Rarebit with Fresh Asparagus. Spinach, Walnut and Ham Salad, served with fresh-baked pumpkin bread. The Swiss Sausage Muffaletta may be discontinued soon, but the Portabella BLT ain't goin' nowhere. Every dish I watched carried to a waiting table looked great. I must go back on Friday, for the Asparagus, Ham, and Munster Melt with fried green tomatoes.

This place is in the same building with Casa Orozco, where I've resorted often for a bowl of their rich, densely populated Caldo de Pollo. Full of chicken and vegetables and rice. This Livermore place, it's not so bad.

Railroad Cafe
2041 Railroad Avenue
Livermore, CA
Hours 7 AM to 2 PM, apparently every day


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