Originally posted by Maynerd
Just had lunch at this establishment, so I wanted to put some thoughts down while they were fresh in my mind. I'm not sure how new this chain is to this area(Dallas), but this was my first time there.
For those of you not familiar with this national chain, It's a '50's theme place, formica topped tables, cardboard cut outs of Elvis, Betty Boop, reproductions of old signs like Route 66, etc.
No counter service, so waitresses take your order and seat you. My first indication that something was amiss was my server wore these dirty tattered pants that were dragging on the floor and had unraveled so much that each cuff was sporting a "tail" of fabric at least 2" long that were black with filth.
I ordered the smallest cheeseburger they had which was 5.5 oz. I had it cooked medium, with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, and mayo. Yellow mustard is not an option listed on the menu, but it along with ketchup and S&P are on the table.
I also order the combination of fries and onion rings- "frings". I had asked my waitress if their OR were thin and crispy (the way I like them) or thick with batter. After a second of the "deer in headlights" look from her and her response "everybody likes them", I decided to take the plunge and order the combo of rings and fries anyway.
I ordered a VanillaCola to drink. CB-CB bills itself as a old time soda fountain establishment, but I decided I didn't want any shakes, malts, etc.
After a few minutes my order arrived. The presentation was good. The CB is garnished with an olive speared by toothpick. As soon as I picked up my burger I knew something was amiss: the bun was decidedly cool to the touch.
i opened up my burger to see if it was constructed as ordered and it was. I added some black pepper from the shaker.
The first bite was the start of an arduous process to finish this burger. Now admittedly I am just a couple of weeks away from recovering from a bad case of the flu, but I don't think my taster is that askew. This CB made from angus beef just had no flavor. There was nothing special to this cheeseburger.
The fries were pretty good (skins on) and the OR were made with an almost tempura batter, not bad, but I've had better.
The Vanilla coke was lacking any strong vanilla flavor. Hunkey's hamburgers (Cedar Springs @ Throckmorton) does a much better version of all the above.
The check came to $11.04! When I paid with $15, the waitress asked me if I needed change.( I hate it when they do that). If I thought she'd buy a new pair of pants with the extra tip money I'd gladly give her the almost 40% tip she thought she deserved.
After I left that place I felt like I had been to a "clip joint". Never again! http://www.cheeburger.com/