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Naked Lunch: The Thai American Burger

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Naked Lunch: The Thai American Burger

mc michael | Mar 23, 2002 07:21 PM

What a fool I was! Too long I avoided the siren song of the Thai American Cafe on Rowena calling me to have one of its burgers. All I can say is WOW! I had the Works--a real $6 burger with onions, mushrooms, cheese, bacon strips and other options available which I ignored. The burger itself takes a while to make. It's hand made. It weighs at least a half pound, probably more in my medium rare configuration. (Your actual poundage may vary. The chef forms the patty by feel and thus cannot tell you how much it weighs.) And it drips. There are hand cut fries, too. Frankly, I didn't give them a fair tasting. Once I got my hands on the burger, rabid presa canarios couldn't have got me to put it down. If you have a friend who makes noise verging on vegetarianism, just bring him here and make him eat one of these. End of vegan dalliance. Sizewise the only thing that comes to mind are the behemoths that Poppy's and Great American Food & Beverage used to serve up on platters in the 70s. Tastewise, these are way juicier. This is not your everyday burger (you'd expire prematurely if you went that route). That niche is nicely filled by the likes of Apple Pan, Fatburger, Cassel's, In N Out, et al. This is a once a week burger. Some people may say this is too much. Some people should eat at McDonald's.

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