One of my favorite comfort foods is a good burger. The best are always made at home. When you cook a burger at home you can control the proportion, seasoning and the condiments. There are times that you do not have the time or motivation to cook. This is the time to pack the Hooptie with the family and head to Fuddruckers.
Fuddruckers is a large chain restaurant located throughout the states. We went to the one in Walnut Creek California. Once we were inside we were assaulted by a large menu over the counter. We had to make numerous decisions about our hamburger. We first had to chose what meat to have. They had beef (USDA Choice or Kobe), chicken, buffalo and Ostrich. One nice touch is they grind their own beef on the premise. The type of burger was next. I chose Swiss cheese and mushrooms. Ms. Goofy wanted the bacon, cheddar and grilled onions. You then had to chose what size. They had 1/3 pound to a 1 pound whopper. The rest of the choices were your sides and beverages. Once we had maneuvered through the line we grabbed a complimentary basket of freshly roasted peanuts from a big barrel to munch on. They call your number when your order is ready.
It is time to make more choices. Their is a huge salad bar of condiments to dress your burger. It has all the usual suspects,and more, for a burger. It does include salsa, several relishes, melted cheese sauce and hot sauce. You could make a salad from all the vegetables they offer.
Both our burgers were cooked to our specifications. They were juicy and flavorful. The onion rings were crisp and not oily. The buns are baked in a showcase oven. They were soft and fresh. The burgers were stellar. If you have any room for dessert, they have a counter that has fresh baked sweets. You can watch the employee baking the goods as entertainment.
I am not a big fan of Big Chain Restaurants, but, Fuddruckers gets a thumbs up from the Chilebrown Clan. These burgers are a good substitute for cooking them yourself. The only drawback is all the decisions you have to make.
Love me some Fuddruckers. They're not cheap, but it's a nice splurge for a good burger.
Speak the truth-I'm not a fan of chain restaurants, but Fuddruckers makes a tasty burger. Both locations closed down recently in Columbus, OH, hope that doesn't indicate that they are going out of business.
Man, I think it was the mid 1980's the last time I went. Mostly cause we don't have any here directly in the east bay. I think the one I used to visit was in San Leandro or Hayward. Ah well.
Funny- we had lunch at Fuddrucker's on Tuesday. They do a good job, and although I'm not usually a big fan of seasoned fries, theirs are really good.
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