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Little Joe's Cheeseburger

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Little Joe's Cheeseburger

Melanie Wong | May 13, 2005 10:57 PM

Having stayed away for two years due to a couple bad meals here, recently I returned to try the burger. I had the cheeseburger, ordered "rare", for $8.50.

Getting ahold of this huge burger to try to eat it requires elbows on the table for extra support. The patty's an inch thick, filling out the cut length of Italian bread, packing quite a heft. The owner, Franco, was sitting at the next table, so I asked him, "how much do your burgers weigh, half a pound?" He just shrugged and said, "Dunno, at least that much, we make 'em as big as they need to be." He also told me that the meat is fresh ground from Golden Gate Meats.

The rare patty had a great crust, near crispy, with bits of sweet carmelized onions pressed into the top of the patty and cooked in. Except for a couple pepperoncini on the side, the burger was otherwise unadorned without mayo, lettuce, tomato or pickles. It had just the right amount of salt and pepper to show off the taste of the meat. The chewy bread soaked up the red juices losing none of the burger's beefy richness. A thick layer of melted Monterey Jack cheese oozed over the patty and turned brown and crackly around the edges where it had bubbled on the grill.

Quite a burger.

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