11.15.2010

old-fashioned cheeseburgers


Another chapter in our cheeseburger journey.

I've talked about the top five cheeseburgers in Northern California.  And, then there is the Shake Shack which gives our local In-n-Out a good run for its money.  Now, I need to talk to you about a small hole-in-the-wall type diner we encountered between Madison and 5th in New York.

Being the ultimate cheeseburger foodie, it was the only choice after a couple hours walking and touring 5th Avenue.  A restaurant called "Primeburger"?  There could be no other option.



The restaurant itself is a throwback to the mid-1900s.  It's like going back in time.  Really.  The vibe and the furnishings say it all.


Individual seating areas complete with movable trays.  Old-fashioned detailing on the bar stools.


The OCD in me was once again triggered to fix this stack of sugar sachets.  Did they have sachets in the 50s?

From Wikipedia:
The sugar cube was used in restaurants until it began to be replaced directly after World War II. At this time, machines were made that could produce small packets of sugar for nearly half the cost.

The sugar packet was invented by Benjamin Eisenstadt, the founder of Cumberland Packing or better known today as the Sweet 'N Low company. Ben had been a tea bag factory worker, and became irritated by the task of refilling and unclogging all the sugar dispensers in his Brooklyn cafeteria across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He didn't patent the idea, and after discussions with larger sugar companies, lost market shares.
A typical four gram sugar packet has 15 calories.





You can get cereal with milk, which was what this little kiddo did.  He was so happy mixing everything together.  Took a few spoonfuls, and was done.  The clean-up crew had to be called in.


Their cheeseburgers ranged from your basic (bun, patty, cheese, bun) to more complex ones they call "Pizza" or "Chili" burgers.   I shared the Prime Burger Deluxe (which consisted of 2 juicy Prime Burgers, golden brown french fries) with the Hunk.  


The burgers were smaller than what we were used to but we thought that was most likely the size of burgers served back in the day.  Simple, and good value for the money.

Happy to add another cheeseburger place to add to (y)our list.  The things we have to do to report back to you on decent cheeseburger restaurants... Thank you dear friends for giving purpose to our otherwise dreary life...

Lease

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