white rose system – small burgers

Name: Small burgers
Location: White Rose System, 201 E 1st Ave, Roselle, NJ 07203
Protein: Beef (looked freshly formed with rough edges)
Bun: Regular white
Toppings: Chopped, grilled onion, American cheese
Burger to Bun Ratio: A little more bread than meat.
Accompaniments: Crinkle cut fries, pickles
Price: $6.64 (for the combo, 2 small burgers + fries + 12 oz. shake)

Notes, etc.: These had a steamed quality to it, just like a White Castle slider, though these were a bit larger. I would have liked more beef for the amount of bun, but it was still tasty. $6.64 for steamed, griddled burgers with fries and a shake is an awesome deal.

They also had regular sized burgers which, I believe, were served on kaiser rolls. Anyone know if these are steamed as well?

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clinton station diner – cheeseburger

Clinton, New Jersey is not only home to the first bridge I’ve ever inspected in my career, but home to the Clinton Station Diner, a diner seen off of I-78 that is known for their 50 lb. burger, the Mt. Olympus.

After a meeting in the Lehigh Valley last week, I was headed back into the office where I remembered that the diner was on my way home. Having used to work in the area and had gone to college off of I-78 in Pennsylvania, I was a little bit embarrassed that I’ve never been to this diner. With that in mind, I stopped in for lunch.

Like any other diner, their menu consisted of several pages of items. Clinton Station, however, had a whole page of just burgers! They had a list of regular burgers, specialty burgers, and their “Burgers of the Gods,” which consists of their larger ones (1 lb, 2 lb, 3 lb, etc.). The even have one called the 8th Wonder which weighs in at 105 lbs. total! That’s just unnecessary. Considering I wasn’t the most hungry and I still had a lot of work to do, I went for a cheeseburger deluxe. Deluxe meaning I added lettuce, tomato, cole slaw, and house-cut fries on the side for an additional $2.

The cheeseburger was made up of an 8 oz. beef patty, two slices of American cheese (one below and one above the meat, lettuce, and tomato. It was sandwiched between a large in house baked bun. I requested it medium-rare and it came out about medium. However, it was dripping with juices and had a delicious char taste from the grill it was cooked on. With all the toppings and size of the bun, every bite was pretty tough as the burger was quite large. It was surprisingly not messy to eat and the house-made bun held up well. The burger to bun ratio was perfect, too.

The house-cut fries could have been really good but they lacked seasoning. They were on the thick side, like steak fries and had a nice crispy exterior. Unfortunately, salt never touched these at all after they left the fryer.

My closing thoughts is that this burger definitely exceeded my expectations for a diner burger. It tasted good and didn’t break the bank. There was also a whole lot of food on the plate, as I didn’t finish my fries or slaw. Unfortunately, the fries were lacking seasoning and I wasn’t even tempted to finish them. I can’t imagine the larger burgers being more than just a novel idea, but if there were a lot of people who wanted to try to do it, maybe I’ll be down?

Clinton Station Diner
2 Bank St.
Clinton, NJ 08809

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down home diner – big cheese burger

Yesterday I went out to try my second burger in Reading Terminal Market. My first was the All Beef Burger from Molly Malloy’s. Now, I tried the Big Cheese Burger from Down Home Diner.

The Big Cheese Burger is made up of Halteman beef and is topped with cheddar. It’s served on a toasted bun with tomatoes, lettuce, and fries on the side. The burger was overcooked to a medium well (even though the picture looks more medium/medium-rare). There was some juiciness to it but nothing else too special. My main gripe is that it doesn’t feel like a $6.99 burger. Also, where’s the onion?

For $7.99, they offer a Smokehouse Barbecue Burger which has bacon, barbecue sauce, and fried onions. I’m sure that would taste good, though I believe you can get a good burger without bacon.

Down Home Diner
Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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