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Snacking On Sliders

I was craving burgers for lunch so I took a trip to Newark, DE (hey… it’s just across the border in Delaware… it’s not like I went to Uranus or West Virginia!) and visited Main Street Sliders which specializes in (hold the front page!) slider burgers.

Main Street Sliders serves classics, like a standard all-fresh beef hamburger slider, for just $1.30 each. Specialty sliders, like the “Southwest” (a beef slider topped with an onion ring, cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce) and the “Chili Cheese” (a beef slider topped with meat & beans chili and cheddar cheese), cost $1.65 each. They have some great sides – string fries, fried pickles, tater tots, jalapeño poppers, etc. – and they can load your fries with chili, cheese, bacon and ranch. Checkout their menu for full details.

I had a Southwestern and a Chili Cheese with a side order of tater tots. Both of my sliders were great! The burgers are made from 100% fresh (never frozen!) beef and they are hand-formed which gives them a homestyle shape. They were cooked perfectly and all the meaty juices were trapped insider the patties. The slider buns were lightly toasted on the grill and I really liked that. (I wish more places would do it!)

I love Southwestern-style burgers with BBQ sauce (checkout my own recipe!) and this one was pretty darn good. I award this burger an 8 out of 10.

The Chili Cheese was my favorite of the day! If you buy a chili dog it’s usual for the chili to be “meat only” without beans. This chili had beans which I think is a great idea.  I award this burger 8 out of 10 also.

The tater tots were nice and crispy on the outside and fluffy soft on the inside. That’s how a tater tot should be. They should not be soggy like usually you get on a bad kid’s menu. Congratulations and three cheers for cooking a perfect tater tot!

Dad sat in the restaurant and ate nothing. He is still on his diet. He just sat there and watched me eat. He looked like a sad puppy. It was really quite funny. Of course, he got his revenge later by making me eat salad for dinner.

Stop Pink Slime

Juicy Jake’s Junior

After math camp today, Dad drove me up to Jake’s Wayback Burgers in Elkton, MD for lunch.

I had a “Junior” which is a single burger patty. You can also get a “Jake” (2 patties), a “Big Jake” (3 patties), and you can get turkey burgers or veggie burgers instead of beef.

Options for non-burger eaters (WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?) include chicken, hot dogs, grilled cheese, and salad. Check out their menu for details.

Because Jake’s served a single, a double, and a triple, Dad wondered if there was a “secret menu” like at In-N-Out Burger where you can add extra patties. Nice idea, Dad, but I don’t think Mom would appreciate you eating a 4×4.

Dad is on a diet. He is only supposed to eat burgers occasionally and he is only supposed to eat the smallest burger with the most salad toppings. Today I can report he had a small burger, no cheese, no sauces, no fries, no milkshake, and a liter of water. It sucks to be him.

I am not on a diet. I had the Junior, fries, and a strawberry shake. It rocks to be me!

Here is a photo of the burger patty. It is everything a burger patty should be. It is made from fresh beef (never frozen! no pink slime!), it is juicy without being fatty, it is cooked to order, and it is flattened out to fit the bun.

I did not have cheese or bacon today, because I wanted to taste the beef. It had a great flavor and was not covered in salt or “grillin’ spices” or weird sauces. You can get some crazy toppings (chili, fried egg) and that could be fun, but today I just wanted a pure burger.

I award this burger a score of 8 out of 10.

If there is a Jake’s near you then I suggest you visit.

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