Have you ever gone somewhere for a meal, realized it wasn’t working out and decided to call it quits and get burgers instead?
My family and I did just that recently. We were at a restaurant where the service was slow and the food not very good. Luckily, it was a small-plates format. When our first few dishes eventually came, we were hungry and grumpy. After a few desultory bites, I said, “Let’s get out of here.”
Soon we were at The Counter — a national burger chain with an outpost in Roswell. The idea here is that you build your own burgers by ticking off choices on a checklist. I opted for a beef burger (hormone- and antibiotic-free Angus, purportedly humanely raised) on an English muffin with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, green chiles and scallions. Man, this was a good faceful of food. The diced chiles were kind of bitter, but they mostly fell out of the increasingly messy burger as I ate. At $8.50 without any side items, it’s a little pricier than your average burger, but I thought the quality and size made it a good value.
Plus, these burgers made all my grumpy little women very happy. Big ups for the Counter. We didn’t try any of the fries or shakes, but they sounded good.
I’m curious: have you ever had that “let’s just go get hamburgers” moment?