Cheeburger Cheeburger – If it’s Good Enough for SNL, It’s Good Enough for Me

On my trip to Florida, I did that thing where I woke up early for a flight, had a Diet Coke, and then didn’t eat for about 5 hours.

To say I was hungry by the time the plane landed would be an understatement.

To say I needed to eat rather quickly to avoid a meltdown would be the understatement of the century.

By the time we pulled by a Cheeburger Cheeburger, I was hungry enough to eat a nonfat American cheese slice, still in the plastic wrapper.
Luckily, I didn’t have to resort to that.

Cheeburger Cheeburger, named for the famous SNL sketch is a casual 1950s style burger shop that is ideal for a quick  meal with friends or young kids. Burgers, fries, milkshakes and the like all feature prominently on the well priced menu.

Fried Pickles, Mushrooms, and Jalapenos

Why choose fried potatoes when you can have fried jalapenos? This basket was the drunk food of my dreams, even though I was sober. Juicy mushrooms, tangy pickles, and spicy jalapenos were all fried in a crispy, zesty batter. Dragged through some smoky chipotle ranch dressing, the fried basket was indulgent but also well sized – enough to stave off hunger for a few minutes longer without being so huge that it ruined my appetite.

Classic Cheeburger

One of the selling points of this restaurant  is (in stark contrast to the sketch for which it is named) all the free toppings. Unlike many restaurants that add on the toppings for added fees, this restaurant includes most of them. Guacamole, pepperoni, coleslaw, and even peanut butter can all be added to your burger for free. Premium toppings like bacon cost extra, but even one cheese is included in the price of your burger. That is a pretty wonderful thing in this world of the $40 entrée with no sides.

This burger had Jack and Cheddar cheeses, onions, jalapenos, and thousand island dressing on it.Though it was cooked to a rather dry medium and the meat itself lacked flavor and a serious char, the burger was altogether satisfying. The cheese was melty, the dressing was tangy and rich, the onions had a fresh bite, and the jalapenos were delightfully spicy. The bun was sturdy enough to stad up to the many toppings without being cottony.

Clearly, I had no problem finishing it off completely.

Cheeburger Cheeburger will never be a destination restaurant. But the service is excellent, the prices are fair, and the food is just what you expect it to be.

If it’s good enough for SNL, it’s good enough for me.

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