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Patty Melt at Longhorn's..

Beach Chick Oct 2, 2010 03:12 PM

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. Beach Chick RE: Beach Chick Oct 2, 2010 03:17 PM

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

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    1. re: Beach Chick
      cgfan RE: Beach Chick Oct 2, 2010 03:38 PM

      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
        shouzen RE: cgfan Oct 2, 2010 04:31 PM

        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
          MrKrispy RE: shouzen Oct 4, 2010 10:43 AM

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

          1. re: MrKrispy
            shouzen RE: MrKrispy Oct 4, 2010 12:57 PM

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

        2. re: cgfan
          Beach Chick RE: cgfan Oct 2, 2010 04:37 PM

          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
            cgfan RE: Beach Chick Oct 2, 2010 09:30 PM

            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
          ibstatguy RE: Beach Chick Oct 3, 2010 03:15 PM

          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
            Beach Chick RE: ibstatguy Oct 4, 2010 08:47 AM

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

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              ibstatguy RE: Beach Chick Oct 4, 2010 11:39 AM


          2. re: Beach Chick
            cstr RE: Beach Chick Oct 3, 2010 03:33 PM

            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..

          3. foodiechick RE: Beach Chick Oct 2, 2010 07:25 PM


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            1. re: foodiechick
              Beach Chick RE: foodiechick Oct 2, 2010 08:52 PM

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

            2. SDGourmand RE: Beach Chick Oct 2, 2010 07:40 PM

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

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                Beach Chick RE: SDGourmand Oct 2, 2010 08:51 PM

                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. re: Beach Chick
                  SDGourmand RE: Beach Chick Oct 3, 2010 07:19 AM

                  happy you liked it..

                2. re: SDGourmand
                  rich in stl RE: SDGourmand Oct 3, 2010 05:52 AM


                3. ibstatguy RE: Beach Chick Feb 7, 2011 02:10 PM

                  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
                    Fake Name RE: ibstatguy Feb 7, 2011 02:20 PM

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

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                    normalheightsfoodie RE: Beach Chick Feb 8, 2011 10:58 AM

                    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
                      cstr RE: normalheightsfoodie Feb 8, 2011 12:24 PM

                      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
                        Fake Name RE: cstr Feb 8, 2011 12:42 PM

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

                        1. re: Fake Name
                          cstr RE: Fake Name Feb 8, 2011 12:58 PM

                          Oh please... get over it.

                          1. re: cstr
                            honkman RE: cstr Feb 8, 2011 01:14 PM

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

                            1. re: honkman
                              DiningDiva RE: honkman Feb 8, 2011 01:31 PM

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

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                                cstr RE: honkman Feb 8, 2011 01:33 PM

                                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
                                  Fake Name RE: cstr Feb 8, 2011 01:52 PM

                                  Yes, I have a low tolerance for asshattery.

                                  ; )

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