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September 18, 2018 National Cheeseburger Day
Post by John Rancke
Editors note: Some of these places mentioned in this post have been severally impacted by Hurricane Florence
My favorite day of the year to honor my favorite food! The cheeseburger, made with slices of real American cheese, not that 100% cheese food product. Get the Kraft deli slices, they’re thicker and actually melt instead of just dissolving like that cheese food does.
I’ll drive 50 miles out of my way to get a good cheeseburger. Back around the turn of the century, Pam and I and my parents sat for 2 hours in a parking lot in central California waiting for the In-N-Out to open at 10 am.
Mustard, chili, slaw, and a little onion or have it with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Just make sure it’s a steamed bun or at least a toasted bun! Nothing worse than a cheeseburger between a cold bun straight out of the plastic bag. NASTY!!!
Did you know you can request a steamed bun at Mickey D’s for your cheeseburger. I was always curious why the fish sandwich bun was steamed and the burger bun was toasted. It has something to do with the sugars in the bun for the burger. But my inquiry to Lisa Rust with McDonald’s. I was informed they will steam it if I want it done. No problem.
MY Top 10 Burgers (so far) – If it costs more than 5.00 I don’t include it as a cheeseburger, it’s more gourmet and I don’t do gourmet very well.
Mickey D’s Triple Cheeseburger (steamed bun) Various around the State
Sutton’s Drug Store Chapel Hill
Mike’s Minis North Myrtle Beach-see below
Lanes Ferry Dock and Grill Rocky Point
Ward’s Grill Whiteville
Long Branch Grill Lumberton
Al’s Burger Shack Chapel Hill-see below
Johnson’s Drive In Siler City-see below
Just my favorite 10 with Johnson’s topping the list. The cheeseburger at Merritts Grill in Chapel Hill is a hidden gem. Duke’s in Monroe. Try the cheeseburger sliders at Sheetz Convenience stores around the Triangle. The pimento cheeseburger in Mocksville at Miller’s restaurant. Steak and Shake!!,
The Original Salt Works in Wilmington near Bradley Creek, P.T.’s in Wilmington but I prefer the chicken sandwich as the burger is always too dry, 5 Guys but they don’t offer chili and slaw, French’s on Carolina Beach Rd below Monkey Junction (Gives you the old Melvins burger and does a better job than the new Melvins does), Fowlers in Tabor City, The Dixie in Lumberton (on good days).
There is a James Brown song with lyrics that are appropriate to this list “I’ve Got Mine, He’s Got His”