28.3.12

Pie 'n Burger

Wow. What a tale we have to tell about Pie N Burger. It's something else.  Just a disclaimer: I apologize for the graininess of these shots. 

Forget about the burger for a minute - the joint is the thing. It's in Pasadena on Colorado, with a storefront that looks more like a Real Estate Agent's office than a Burger joint. And a huge sign on the side reads 'Pie N Burger: Food To Go'. Food To Go. Classic.

So we walked in to get some food to go and this place is something out of a dream. It's all wood and looks like a sort of lazy '60s cafe in the deep south. It's apparently been there since 1963 and happily, it hasn't changed, at all! There's a long, very low counter along which are a long line of chairs, and then just a few separate tables out towards the back.
We walk in and hang out beside an ancient cash register waiting to order and while we're waiting, one of the big-haired octogenarian waitresses walks up to a ticket pinned to a ticket board, peers at it through her spectacles, then produces a magnifying glass and looks through that. Having read the ticket, she proceeded merrily.
There was a slow, ambling pace to the place. No music, just the hum of the neon clock on the wall, and the gentle lilt of soft voices from the kitchen. The menu looks like it hasn't changed a lick since 1963 - there's even buttermilk on the menu. We placed our order and sat there buzzing with excitement, grinning from ear to ear, feeling like we'd hit some sort of secret Southern Californian jackpot.

The bathroom, which I inspected, had no taps, but instead had footpumps for hot and cold under the sink.

OK, now the burger. And let's just take a moment to point out that when the joint is this good, the burger is going to be impacted. A good burger is going to taste great. A mediocre burger is going to taste good. This burger just happens to be very good on all its own. It looked very, very saucey. A lot of what looked like mayonnaise, so at first glance I thought it was going to be disgusting, but the taste is very interesting...

Sweet, almost a cinnamon or nutmeg flavor about it, which was very unusual - totally unique so far on the quest. Red Onions, which weren't too harsh (as red onions sometimes can be), meat tasted good, a good bun too. Just an all-round great burger in a great joint. This one is going to do very well in the quest. Expect to see it mentioned at least once in our final round up (which is at least another four months away, I'm afraid).

Next time we have visitors from out of town, we are taking them to the Pie N Burger and we'll have both Pie and Burger. And maybe some buttermilk. Viva 1963!

Meatiness - 4
Succulentiousness - 4
Bun - 3
Flavor - 4
Stay Togetherness - 4
Joint - 5

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