RE: 2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion
Here's today's review (edited) of a burger joint from the Memphis Commercial Appeal:
the sandwich gets its due
By Jennifer Biggs
Friday, November 28, 2008
We've been discussing burgers on Whining & Dining and last week a blogger suggested we give the burgers at Ubee's a try. They're supposed to be fried in the same grease as Dyer's burgers, he wrote.
For the full Ubee's experience, try the Mid-term Meltdown patty melt accompanied by some of the best fries to be found.
The Ubee's Go-Go Granny Salad features Granny Smith apples, iceberg and Romaine greens, red onions, blue cheese, walnuts and dried cranberries.
I'd never given it much thought, but Ubee's is owned by Sandy Robertson, who also owns Dyer's on Beale, Alfred's and is the new owner of Automatic Slim's. So, sure, it seemed possible and after biting into one I'll say this: I don't know if we're dealing with legendary grease here, but Ubee's burger is certainly very close to Dyer's (though perhaps not quite as greasy). It's a thin patty, best served with cheese, mustard, onion and pickle -- yet I declare it inferior to its cousin, Ubee's excellent patty melt. Back to that.
Six sandwiches are on the menu, starting with a $3.99 Cheese Monster and going to the $4.99 Dirty Hippie; the rest are $6.99. You can also pick your bread, meat, cheese and all the toppings you want for $6.99. They'll ask if you want a slurp and a side for $2.25 and yes, you do. In particular, you want Ubee's fries.
These fries are as good as it gets. Hand-cut -- you can see a big bucket of them behind the counter -- served hot, some crisp, some softer, with a dash of seasoned salt. I tried them twice. Once they were long and light and the other time they were shorter, darker examples. They were equally delicious, and paired with the superb Mid-term Meltdown (the patty melt), it's a combo surely responsible for at least part of a Freshman 15 or two.
The Dirty Hippie, a garlic roasted portobello, roasted red pepper, feta and artichoke panino on ciabatta, probably isn't much healthier, but it and the patty melt were my favorite sandwiches.
You don't have to pack on the pounds eating at Ubee's, though. I've been a fan of the Go-Go Granny salad for a good while. It's a generous pile of greens topped with blue cheese, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples, walnuts, red onion, and cranberries. It comes with a honey-lime vinaigrette, which is much too tart for the already sprightly salad. I always request the balsamic vinaigrette instead, and will likely give the sweet Vidalia dressing a try next time. The I Heart U salad, with hearts of palm, tomato, bacon, and bleu cheese is another excellent choice.