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Oct 2, 2010 03:12 PM

Patty Melt at Longhorn's..

Well.. the love affair between Longhorn's and my beloved Patty Melt is officially off..
Why did you come to me open faced this week....that is no way be served..a patty melt needs to have both slices of cheese to meld together as one around the patty with the sauteed onions..

I'm breaking up with you and running to my new love...Studio Diner..
I still love love love Longhorn's but it will have to be for their cheeseburger, Coors Light on draft and a big ol' basket of fries with a side of thousand.

Patty Melts are supposed to be squished together by rye with 2 slices of cheese all gooed up with the carmelization of the onions and burger on the griddle.

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  1. A thing of beauty...Studio Diner Patty Melt.

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      From a PM virgin, what's all that stuff in between the toast? I thought a PM is just cheese and toast, no? To my eyes it's looking very much like a burger. BC, please educate me on all that is PM...

      1. re: cgfan

        cgfan, I think it's time you had you had your PM cherry popped!

        A proper patty melt (IMHO) has cheese, caramelized onions and a burger patty between rye bread. Every place I've ever had a PM also cooks it all on the griddle after buttering the bread - I don't think I could have it any other way.

        That being said (and nobody call me a sell-out!), I really enjoy gyros melts (as the name implies, gyros instead of beef patty) :D

        1. re: shouzen

          a gyro melt, I am intrigued! Where could one get such a thing???

          1. re: MrKrispy

            Unfortunately, I haven't found a place in SD that has one. They're not too uncommon in Chicago.

        2. re: cgfan

          Hey cgfan!
          In between the cheese/patty is sauteed onions.
          I also add thousand island dressing inside and a side for dipping fries.

          Love making vegan patty melts at home with Garden Burger (saute with the onions) on grilled rye, need to butter the bread like a grilled cheese ..stack the swiss/american cheese, grilled onions and 1,000.. want all that to meld as one...sublime

          1. re: Beach Chick

            Thanks shouzen & BC... I definitely haven't had one of these bad boys (yet). So did the patty melt evolve into the hamburger we know now, or the other way around? Don't mean to spur a chicken & egg debate, but now I'm curious...

            BTW BC, according to Wikipedia in Canada they're somtimes served open-faced and, cover your ears, with gravy...

        3. re: Beach Chick

          ok, the photo sold me. I'll give Studio Diner's PM a try....

          Studio Diner
          4705 Ruffin Rd, San Diego, CA 92123

          1. re: ibstatguy

            For a guy who has a hamburger as an avatar, I think you'll really enjoy it...

          2. re: Beach Chick

            Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, and after seeing this master piece, I'm jonesing to get to the Studio, you're so right BC.. WOW! Veggie PM???? forgetaboutit..

            1. re: foodiechick

              you crack me up really should be doing stand up..
              ; )

            2. Here is a blog post from serious eats this week thought you might enjoy

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              1. re: SDGourmand

                Holy crap..
                Lots of kisses for that article on the ultimate patty melt....SDGourmand!

                When I make them vegan style at home since I don't really eat meat since my pet steer, Ralphie, left me in 1974, and I vowed to never have Pot roast or steak again and have kept up that bargain...EXCEPT..the patty melt.. and a few double doubles.. ; )

                Love in the article how they stack that cheese with Sharp on one side and Swiss on the other side..
                I started tearing up on that...just beautiful!

                That is how a patty melt should be presented..little nuggets of pure love and happiness.

                1. well i got the open face today at Longhorn and was disappointed and the rye wasn't really grilled properly. Guess I will have to try Studio Diner...

                  Studio Diner
                  4705 Ruffin Rd, San Diego, CA 92123

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                  1. re: ibstatguy

                    Yeah, it's slipped. Not returning. Last time I had great company, poor food.

                  2. Went recently with my son to watch a football game and have dinner, drunks at the bar cursing, very embarasing. We each had a burger fries he had a soda, aI had a draft beer, $30, no value there. Next time I will go to Bully's where kids eat free on Sunday.

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                    1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                      Bully's also let's you select a salad or even veggies as well. They always cook the burger to any way you desire it.

                      1. re: cstr

                        Yes, but will they provide an income statement on request?

                          1. re: cstr

                            No chance. He will make these comments now for the next few months.

                            1. re: honkman

                              Unless of course he needs to make a quick trip to Berlin for the food ;-)

                              1. re: honkman

                                so much for opinions and grudges... thanks for the heads-up, I'll just rise above it and ignore those posts till spring.

                                1. re: cstr

                                  Yes, I have a low tolerance for asshattery.

                                  ; )