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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Ghetto Burger at Ann's Snack Bar

Warning:  The following may be inappropriate to children under the age of 13 and people afraid to eat south of I-20

In 2007, the Wall Street Journal declared the Ghetto Burger at Ann's Snack Bar the "Best Burger in America."  Okay, interest peaked, though I'm not sure why the WSJ is dabbling into the food realm.  It's not like I would consult Vogue magazine to see if the Redskins will cover against the Cowgirls.
One piece of advice.  Come Hungry and Come Correct (maybe that's two things)

For my first trip to Ann's, I had three goals:
1.  Get a Ghetto Burger- check (I know a guy that's been twice and has yet to get a burger)
2.  Don't get yelled at- check, though Matt G got yelled at when he tried to pay
3.  Don't get mugged- check

Of course, Ann has her rules and regulations as well.
Basically, you've got to come correct.  Also, cell phones are also banned.
This place is unique, it's on Memorial Drive in the middle of abandoned stores and strip malls.  It's basically the set of Mad Max, only with beef and chili.
Pre-Anti-Semite Mel Gibson was one of the best actors of his generation.  Lethal Weapon?  Hells yes.
Why is it called the Ghetto Burger?  Well the location doesn't leave a lot up to the imagination.  But the name is about as apropos as peanut butter and jelly.
The burger is a double cheeseburger with bacon, but the chili makes it.  The chili isn't overpowering and makes a great companion to the secretly seasoned beef.  And of course it is ENORMOUS.  Our female lunch companions Mary and Jamie could only get through half of theirs.  I'd rather not say whether or not Matt and I finished ours.

The most common complaint I've heard is that Ann takes a long time to make her burgers. And I found out why.  SHE MAKES THEM ALL FROM SCRATCH!   She may be a pain and rude, but she pours her love out into her craft, just as much as Kevin Gillespie or Kevin Rathbun.

I loved the burger and the experience.  It's not for everyone, but if you love burgers it's worth a shot.

Website:  There is none!  But they have a facebook page:

Today's Footnote:  This visit is a perfect entree (pun intended) into"The Dry Rubs" Burger Tournament that will begin in a couple of weeks.  We have assembled a crack staff of burger connoisseurs that are currently coming up with "the field" of contestants.  There will be more to follow after I return from New York next week.

1 comment:

  1. thank you! I always felt a burger should NOT have been in competition w/the sandwich war you had. A burger is a different beast. I look forward to the games.