A few weeks ago Polly put an entry on her food blog about a fairly new eatery in Price Hill called Happy Days Cafe, with a positive review
on their burger. I made it over there today and I have to say I agree most heartily. This is a very good burger at a very good price - this burger and a bag of Husmans will run you a mere $4.15.
The skinny: 1/3 pound loosely packed hand pattied beef, griddled, on a VERY high quality toasted bun with your choice of up to 4 regular-type toppings, cheese and fancier toppings at additional cost. The owner/operator had no problem with me ordering it medium rare. The lettuce was crisp top quality leaf, the tomatoes were predictably wan and fairly flavorless as one would expect this time of year, but were generously portioned and fresh sliced, and the standard toppings include grilled onions (listed as caramel onions on the ordering pad). Adding cheese is 50 to 75 cents extra but gets you two slices of cheese instead of the usual single slice.
The burger was extremely juicy and flavorful with a perfect bun to meat/toppings ratio - really, REALLY good, and this will definitely be a regular stop for me now whenever I want a burger at lunch. No, it isn't Terry's Turf Club good, but it also isn't Terry's wait time or prices.
You can substitute any other side for the bag o' Husmans for 50 cents off the ala carte price of the side.
They have goetta and YES it is available to add to a burger.
Ghost peppers are listed as an available ingredient, but signing a waiver is required
1) the onions they use are red onions, which are quite a bit stronger flavored than the usual yellow onions. This will be a plus for some (myself included) but a minus for others
2) a very heavy hand is used with the pepper in the seasoning of the beef patty. I like pepper, but this was a tad excessive. If you don't like pepper, ask for them to leave it off, and I am sure they will do so
3) I suspect a very high fat content beef is used, maybe a 70/30 or 75/25. Again, I like the flavor and juiciness this creates, but some like a leaner burger
4) Parking - dont think they have any. I parked on the outer edge of the Kroger lot right across the street.
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