Beyond root beer, Hires menu is a classic drive-in bill of fare: a long list of hamburgers including a “New York H” (garnished with grilled onions), a Danish H (with a slice of ham), a Roquefort H, a Pastrami H, and a Big H, which is garnished with lettuce, tomato, special sauce, and cheese. There is even a Harvest H, a patty made entirely of vegetables for meat-frowners. The bun on which Big H burgers are served is gentle-tempered sourdough with a floury top (as opposed to what the combative menu describes as “some preservative-enhanced, wilted crust studded with obnoxious seeds”).
On the side of whatever H hamburger suits your fancy, you want fresh-cut French fries or onion rings. Both are available with Utah’s unique dipping sauce, a pink emulsion reminiscent of French dressing; the potatoes can be ordered with a mantle of homemade chili and melted cheese. And if a mug of root beer hasn’t satisfied your sweet tooth, there are terrific shakes, malts, freezes, and sundaes.
At Big H, you can drive up, blink your lights and enjoy car hop service; or it is possible to dine inside in a bright, cheerful, blue-chaired dining room.