Sit Down Gourmet Burger Restaurants & Chains
It is my experience in my traveling and eating adventures that if you want to get a great burger, go to a dive bar.
Forgot those upscale places that serve “gourmet burgers” that cost as as much as a good steak. For a really good, thick and juice burger, you want to go down-and-dirty, and for that you need to go to a dive bar.
Dive bars somehow manage to get quality meet, have old grills with decades of flavor charred into the slits and don’t get too fancy or overdue them – they just cook ’em, put it on a perfect-sized bun and serve ’em up to customers.
There’s also a casualness to having a burger in a dive bar. You’re not rushed or don’t feel rushed, so you have time to enjoy every. Single. Delicious. Bite.
There’s a sense of comfort too, in a dive bar. After all, burgers are the ultimate American comfort food and what’s more comfortable than being seated at a barstool or a wooden table or even a picnic table eating a juicy burger. A dive bar is inviting.
Some of these “gourmet burger” chains think sitting on a cold metal chair is a hip way to eat a burger but PubClub.com argues otherwise.
And if you have to use your arm sleeve to wipe the juice from your mouth or run the entire napkin over your whole face on occasion, so be it – you’re in a dive bar and you don’t have to be proper.
There is one word of warning here – not all dive bars serve burgers. Some only have a black kettle behind the bar with a small laminated sign hanging from it that says “chili.”
If you see this, forget this bar for your dining plans. That chili has probably been there since the bar opened, sitting in that exact same kettle.
So when you’re looking for food in a dive bar, go with the burger.