Well it certainly has been a while since I wrote anything here hasn’t it? We don’t need to spend any time talking about that though.
As some of you know, I will be spending my Spring/Summer down in Provo, Utah. I’ve grown to actually quite like Provo over the last 8 months, much more than I expected. Yet there is still a lot of the city that I really don’t know about. One things is the local food scene. I did a woefully poor job of exploring it over the course of the school year, but what are ya gonna do? Papers gotta get written ya know?
Getting back to the topic at hand though, food. Specifically burgers. I love me a good burger like most people do. Knowing where to get a good burger is a nice thing to know, it’s a brilliant comfort food when you’re feeling down, very few people are gonna object when you recommend a burger place when you are out for the evening. (Unless the original plan revolved around a much fancier restaurant.) and for me at least, it feels as though you aren’t a fully fledged part of the city until you know where the best burger is, not just where a good one is. The last city I lived in was Edmonton, and for those curious I think The BJ Joint on 23rd is the best burger in that city.
I don’t know where the best burger in Provo is though, so this summer I’m determined to become a full citizen of Provo by finding a proper answer to that question.
OK this next part is gonna seem off base or even upsetting to you since I was just talking up the importance of a great burger and what it means to me.
We’re starting with Carl’s Jr. Yup.
Now there isn’t a world where I honestly believe that Carl’s Jr. is the best burger in Provo. If it was I’d bail out of this city ASAP. I do however think that Carl’s Jr. gets a way worse reputation than their food deserves and I happen to really like their burgers, specifically the California burger and therefore thought it would make a solid baseline in my quest for burger glory. So just hold off on the hateful comments insulting my lack of culinary sensibility, I expect this hunt to take a few months and I’m just starting. OK? Good, now I’m gonna talk about burgers.
The California burger is a simple and represents what people think of when they think of a burger. Bun, patties (2 thin ones), lettuce, tomato, thousand island dressing, and grilled onions ( I got mine without the onions because onions can die in a hole for all I care.)
When I looked up these ingredients I found out that it’s pretty much the same thing as a double double from In-N-Out. Guess I know which burger I’m getting next. Ughhhh I really don’t care for the waiting in line for an hour for a friggen burger though. Alas, for science.
At first look, the California burger stands out in one major way for me.
“Jeez there’s a lot of lettuce on that thing!”
Seriously there is like 3 enormous layers of iceberg lettuce sitting there like I’m gonna start thinking its a salad or something. There’s two slices of tomatoes stacked right on top of each other as well. That’s too much tomato. One slice of tomato adds a nice texture and flavor to burgers, two slices makes it feel like you’re eating a raw tomato. Not what I want. Surprisingly the immense amount of lettuce doesn’t really come through when eating though.
Everything else about this burger works, too an extent. The meat and cheese are nice, but not notable, thousand island dressing is neat but nothing too remarkable. It’s messy, but not too messy that I’m getting annoyed. Burgers are eaten with your hands, you should expect to need a napkin at some point or another. It’s a good burger. Just good though. This might be the best thing about the burger though, you can kinda tell that just good was the goal for the burger and Carls Jr. really hit the mark with it. You can get this with a pop and fries for under 5$ so as far as getting a good eat for your money it’s never gonna be a bad decision.
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