This place is no secret to chowhounds. It was my first time there and won't be the last. The first thing you notice is the fact that it's an old fashioned place. Nothing fancy and not putting on airs about trying to be something it isn't. The next thing I noticed was the clientele. This is one of the most diverse restaurants I've seen in the city in a long time. Black, white, hispanic, young, old, lots of cops and construction workers and even a guy with a tie. It had a similar group of people comparible to say, Manny's.
The food. I chose the 1/4 pounder with grilled onions and fries with a small chocolate shake.This burger is the "30's style" of grilled on a flat top to achieve the proper crust and carmelization that one looks for in a good burger. While there was nothing wrong with this burger as far as the meat to bun ratio, I will fast before I go next time so I can tackle the 1/2 pounder. On this day I was not up to it. Call me a sissy if you will. I've never met a burger that had too much meat. The bun was lite but not flimsy and sort of akin to a large White Castle bun. The onions were sweet and properly grilled and the accompanying lettuce, pickles and tomato rounded out the hamburger sangwich. The fries...These folks should run some sort of clinic to teach other restauranteurs how to make homemade freshcut fries. Well sized, texture was right on, a fair amount of salt and the unmistakable taste of a real potato. No sprayed on starch coating to maintain crunchiness, no curly cut, no season salt. Potatoes, oil and salt. Simple. And the 12 ounce chocolate shake was a nice option rather than 24 ounces and deftly prepared.
Top Notch Beefburgers
2116 W. 95th Street