Sunday, November 17, 2013

Small Town America - The Famous Hamburger Joint

It seems to me that there is a legendary hamburger joint or "grill" in every area of the rural South.  In North Carolina, I know of several.  They are usually small places, with a limited amount of seating space.  The menu is very limited and is only written on a board on the wall.  The burgers are hand patted out.  You won't find any low fat meat or whole wheat buns. 

If you want to eat during the lunch time rush, there will be a line waiting to get a place to sit, or to get a take out order.  Its a little chaotic!  You need cash, because they don't usually take debit or credit cards.   New customers may be sent to the ATM down the street, if they thought they could pay with plastic.  No wonder people on their lunch hour prefer drive through restaurants!

The waitress may be cute, but wears very tight clothes, has big hair, lots of makeup and big earrings.  She is so busy, that you won't get any special service.  Your burger and fries may be tossed on your table as she runs by.   On the other hand, she may be a little old lady wearing black reebok tennis shoes and a cotton smock.

There may be a counter where people can sit in swivel chairs, watch their food being made, and then eat it.  There are usually booths, or maybe some tables with red checked plastic table cloths.

There are napkins in those spring loaded metal dispensers.  They are thin and you will need lots of them to wipe the stuff off your face that oozes out of the hamburger bun.

The fries are served in a red plaid paper basket.  Then you squeeze ketchup from a red plastic squeeze bottle.

Hubby and I just got back home from a little road trip and we ate at 2 such places.  One was the Snappy Lunch in Mount Airy, NC, which is a famous place to eat because its the town Mayberry was modeled after on the Andy Griffith Show.  We ate the famous pork chop sandwich, but could have had a burger.  The second place was Johnsons in Siler City on Highway 64.  Both of these gave us a taste of real small town America!

Now back to our previously scheduled healthy eating plan!


Freda Fields Alley said...

I love those kinds of dining emporiums... good food and fun memories...

Will have to check out the one in Siler City sometime... my DD and her family live there.

Debby said...

Yumm, now you have me wanting to run up to Mt Airey for a burger and piece of pie!

Little Penpen said...

I've never heard of Johnsons in Siler, but will def. look for them. There is a place in Liberty, called Kidds, that is just like the one in your pic's. Yummy greasy burgers!! Was this your anniversary trip?

Susannah said...

We have one here that has been here since the early 50's. BUT ...they have remodeled (in their old 50's style)and you should see that place on weekend nights!!!!! They are known for their giant juicy burgers and cold root beer in a frosted mug!!! Then soft ice cream. Great place to meet old friends.

Hope you have a wonderful week. I loved this post. Well written, too!


Auntie M said...

We l-l-l-l, now I know that you are back home. Sounds like you
continued to enjoy the 'good old days' over to Tennessee and back.
Hope all was truly enjoyable!!!''
Since it was your Anniversary week, I am quite sure that it was.

Loved seeing you two. And, thank you for the produce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meggie said...

Oh the joys of living in Small Town USA...

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