Without meaning to create a deep spiritual analysis surrounding the choice of a Burger, I have to add my two pennies worth here.
When I saw this thread I thought, 'Another list of the same places from the same people...including my constant entry, Farmer Boy's
in the Inland Empire of SoCal', with it's followup from my friend Engine Captain out there in California reminding me that Farmer Boys
has slipped a bit in recent years.
But then a thought came over me.
It wasn't just
the Burger that made this a special deal. It was the experience of going to the restaurant, placing the order with the counter-girl, exchanging greetings in 'SpanEnglish' with the grill-guys from across the counter and 'kitchen', Then sitting at the concrete picnic tables outside as the trains rolled by on the old Southern Pacific 'Sunset Line'.
While the Burgers at most of the Farmer Boys stands are pretty much the same, the EXPERIENCE that made this a favorite of mine was located at the stand that is just across the 10 freeway and RR tracks from the Ontario Mills Mall in Ontario CA. It was usually combined with the waiting time for my wife's (now and then) trip to the Mills mall for Shopping and HER visit to Her mother who lived nearby. Farmer Boys is/was my Oasis from the hassles that I found at both of the locations mentioned just above. It was enough of a positive experience that I would volunteer to drive her to those places, instead of sending her off by herself (a 75 mile RT and 4-5 hour time loss)
The Burger was good. The total EXPERIENCE made it GREAT!