Confession time: I've never been to the iconic Squeeze Inn in Sacramento. Nor to any of the offshoots, such as the Napa branch. Until I landed in Galt last week.
Though I was no longer hungry, I did need a bathroom break, and I figured Squeeze Inn was as good a place as any. It's away from the center of town and I had to hustle to get there before the closing time of 7pm. On a Tuesday night it was nearly full with happy diners socializing at the bar and tables.
Soon I had the Squeeze with Cheese, $7.50, in front of me. Quite a beauty with the frico skirt of fried cheddar, as much cheese as beef on this baby I'm told. I wasn't sure how to approach it, how to hold it even, let alone take a bite. I resorted to pulling away some of the cheese halo from one side so my mouth could get to the patty. My waitress said that everyone has their own way of dealing with it.
The griddled burger had some nice browning and cooked "medium" turned out very juicy/fatty. Garnished with a whole leaf lettuce, tomato (mushy this time of year), red and white onions, and lengthwise slices of pickle and a swab of mustard and mayo. I loved the crisp pickles, almost like a half-sour. The steamed bun deserves a special shout out too with its high sesame seed count and soft, tender loftiness that squished with each bite.
I managed to eat only half of this before calling it quits, since I did not want to be in a food coma for the three-hour drive ahead of me. Even still, I used up six napkins to tackle half a Squeezeburger.
As the hour approached closing time, cars were squealing into the parking lot with customers anxious to get a Squeeze. And the phone kept ringing for to-go orders. Justifiably so.
545 Industrial Dr.
Galt, CA 95632