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Posted by Michael Stern on Saturday, September 20, 2014 5:37 AM

One of the juiciest niches in the restaurant trade over the last several years has been the upscale fast food burger joint. Not upscale as in fancy or gourmet, but upscale in the sense that the hamburger you get is hand fashioned and of better quality than the typical fast-food chain, and it is presented in a way that tends to be a little bit nicer than waiting in line at a drive-through or at the counter of a Micky D's.

It's a broad niche. Five Guys and In 'n' Out are positioned towards the mass production end of the spectrum and Shake Shack and Umami Burger are at the high quality end, with lots of one-of-a-kind burger joints and small chains of varying merit in between. Among the worthy singles is Prime Burger, which opened in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in mid 2014, serving burgers ground from a mix of top round, short ribs, and prime sirloin. They're good burgers, always cooked medium and therefore on the dry side of succulence, but full-flavored and pattied in such a way that they are agreeably fragile. They come plain or infused with Peter Luger steak sauce and bits of green pepper; and of course they can be gilded with all the usual condiments or with such one-dollar extras as avocado, chili, cheese, or bacon.

Fried sides include crinkle-cut French fries, sweet potato fries, waffle fries, and onion rings. What I've tasted seem to have been once-frozen, but of good enough quality and cooked in fresh enough oil that they come out crisp and tasty. Likewise, milk shakes on the side have a somewhat prefab flavor, but they do their job as a thick, high-calorie beverage/dessert.

Alternatives to the hamburger include a salmon burger, turkey burger, veggie burger, and grilled chicken sandwich. Nine-inch hot dogs also are available.
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Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2014


Grover's burger, with crisp garnishes, is a beautiful sight.
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Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014

Small Fry

This small order of skin-on fries is as tall as our big cup of loganberry. It's hard to imagine what a large serving is like!
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Posted by Bill Golladay on Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:06 PM

Tacos and More Loncheria is a small taqueria. Often the majority of their clientele are Mexicanos, but they have a mixed crowd.

Tacos and More is informal and their menu says they are “The Specialist in Mexican Fast Food.” Many people order at the counter, but some folks sit down and wait for someone to take their order. You can fix your own drink at the soft drink machine to the left of the counter. Or you can get cans of Mexican Coke or bottles of Jarritos from the cooler on the right. Homemade horchata is also available.

The tacos and other items are assembled to order, so the food comes out hot. There is a section of the menu called “Mexican tacos” which has choices such as pollo asado, lengua, carne asada, and several others. These come mostly unadorned, but there is a salsa bar where you can add whatever you like. During the non-peak hours, there may be a metal cover over the salsa bar. If so, you can raise the cover.

You can also get an order of regular American-style tacos with ground beef or chicken in either a hard shell or a soft tortilla. These come with lettuce and white shredded cheese. Sopes, burritos, soups and sandwiches are some of the other menu items. Breakfast is also an option with breakfast plates and tacos available.

If you are looking for tasty tacos and authentic Mexican food, Tacos and More Loncheria is a good place to visit.
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Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014

Taco Supreme to go.
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Roadfood of the Day: Mike's Candy Shop - Buffalo, NY
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A cross-section of sponge candy can only hint at the ethereal weightlessness of the spun sugar within.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Catfish Dinner

These crusty strips of catfish are accompanied by wicked-good sweet onion rings. The hushpuppies that are part of every dinner are barely visible in the background.
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014

Hot Hamburger

The 'hamburger' part of this hot hamburger is completely eclipsed by French fries and gravy. You will find it underneath the spuds and on top of the toast that is visible peeking out at the bottom.
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Roadfood of the Day: Kumback Lunch - Perry, OK
Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cinnamon Roll

Kumback Lunch cinnamon rolls are made every morning. While not huge and goopy, they have an enchanting frail glaze on top and are deeply satisfying.
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Posted by Dale Fine on Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:48 AM

Husband and wife team, Tim and Tammy Hagensen opened TNT's Diner back in 2007. More small town cafe than diner, it is located off the beaten path in a strip mall set back from the main road. When I first visited on a busy weekday evening back in the summer of 2010 I discovered that although it's not easy to find, that certainly didn't keep the customers away.

TNT's Diner specializes in Northern Midwest comfort food such as hot Beef and hot Turkey Sandwiches; with a smattering of local ethnic "German from Russia" and Scandinavian specialites including cabbage rolls and Swedish meatballs. Tammy Hagensen bakes all of the homemade pies herself.

The special of the day when I was there was potato klub. Klub are dense, heavy Scandinavian potato dumplings served with your choice of bacon or thick cut ham with a small tub of melted butter to dip at will, perfect for a frigid, winter heartland evening after a hard day's work on the farm. The meal comes with a choice of salad or soup. I chose the soup of the day, beer cheese soup, slightly thick and topped with croutons it packs a savory,sharp and hoppy jolt reminiscent of the beer cheese soup at the former Grainery at West Acres Mall in Fargo.

I topped my meal off with Sour Cream Raisin Pie. Less dense with a very subtle underlying hint of "sour", it still packed flavor loaded with nutmeg, vanilla and raisins. This northern midwest specialty would still deserve a high ranking honorary ribbon at any pie bake-off.

Unfortunately, some folks are too quick to dismiss North Dakota as a culinary wasteland. Although the pickings do seem slim , consider TNT's diner a Roadfood oasis in the sparse Northern Plains.
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