Marty’s seems to be the type of nondescript fast-food shack that I always seem to drive by on way to somewhere else. Although one day a few years back I threw caution to the wind and tried the join mostly know for its COMBO. The combo not being a burger, fries, and coke as at other shacks, but rather a thin, griddled burger topped with a slender, butterflied foot-long hot dog (a Vienna Beef dog to be exact) on a regular hamburger bun. Interestingly enough, we have chili burgers, bacon avocado burgers, double cheese burgers, and even pastrami burgers all around town. But for some reason not many burger joint proprietors have given much thought into placing a hot dog atop a burger.
The combo at Marty’s feeds the yen for what is is, namely a burger with a grilled hot dog on top, though it is far from transcendent. Just the other day I had mine topped with melty processed American cheese and chili, which makes the whole endeavor that much tastier (an upgrade of only 75 cents). Bits of hot dog slip out of the bun at times when you bite into it. That can be somewhat problematic forcing me to eat the bits of dogmeat sans bun.
Afterwards, I kid you not I was still hungry. Not just a little hungry but beyond hungry. So I threw out the prospective New Year’s diet and ordered up a spicy Polish sausage with some warmed sauerkraut to wash everything down. Subsequent to eating all that, my hunger had not abated completely, but I gave my stomach a rest for obvious reasons.
Marty’s is a perfectly acceptable lunch if Marty’s happens to be the fast food shack that just happens to reside in your neighborhood.