OK, that's a lie, it's really @ 70 or so miles north, but what the hell, if they can call the local space for controlled aircraft collisions with a planet the Fresno Yosemite International (FYI) airport (wrong on several levels) I guess a converted Brook's Ranch resto should get a break too.
Checked out the place a couple of days ago after hearing some rave reports from friends (one had been, a few had heard rumors) that they served a one pound burger roughly the size of an Olympic discus.
Bottom line, it was only half a discus, but nicely executed and very tasty. The basic cheeseburger is 1/2 lb, hand formed apparently appearing about 3/4 in. thick and cooked evenly to a medium well. I meant to ask for it medium but got lost looking at the huge variety of items on the menu. Burgers come with soup, salad, or fries for $7.59, the CA Burger with sauteed mushrooms and generous thick slices of ripe avocado jacks the price all the way up to $7.99 (a no brainer for this hound). Wanting fries but trying to eat quasi-healthy went with the cream of spinach soup w/mushrooms (I know, don't start with me), it was OK but kind of like that clam chowder that would have been so much better without quite as much thickener.
Service was so cordial, quick, and efficient that I asked the waitress if I could try a cup of the other soup of the day, the tortilla chicken. Here was the wow factor, the chicken chunks were good (always a little overdone for my taste in soups) but the veggies, broth and spices were a great sensation. The tortilla part were thin strips of black tortillas that added a little crunch and were OK, but that broth, somebody in the kitchen had it together.
Burger was damn good, only one thin longitudinal slice of dill pickle, my request for Dijon (or any spicy) mustard wasn't happening (sure you don't want the electric yellow stuff??) and the requested extra side of mayo wasn't Best Foods, but WTH, it's one of the best burgers around, at least in my experiences.
Ambience Alert!: If you have an aversion to country music, this is not your place. It greets you on the patio outside the front door, provides the background audio for your dining pleasure, and if you wish to relieve yourself... it won't be from the music. Don't get me wrong, it's not overbearing, just ever present.
Thinking this might be a great spot for those on the road (Hwy 99) needing something good and quick, appeared to be a number of truck drivers which can be a good sign. Personally can only vouch for the burgers, would love to hear if anyone stops in and tries the steaks, daily specials, etc.
It's at the Ashlan exit on the north side, just west of the freeway.
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