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What is it that I did wrong?

I'm not sure what it is that I did wrong, other than bother to walk into this place and actually order something to eat:

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  1. *Asking* for a hockey puck on last week's bagel?

    1. What is it that I did wrong?

      You stayed.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        walking in was probably the first mistake. staying was the second....

      2. I'd know melted american cheese anywhere!


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        1. re: JayL

          Hell, looks like they didn't even remove the plastic wrap from the slice.

          1. re: JayL

            Well, that could be, "Genuine, imitation, processed, American Cheese Food Product, or similar.

            Any part of that would be "wrong" for me.


          2. Hmmmm...
            Preformed processed patty, grocery store bun, Kraft cheese product, iceberg lettuce, out of season tomato, frozen French fries. The only thing wrong would be to eat it.

            Did it at least come with miracle whip and watered down ketchup? Lol.

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            1. re: sedimental

              "Preformed processed patty, grocery store bun, Kraft cheese product, iceberg lettuce, out of season tomato, frozen French fries."

              Also known as a Sysco Special ;-)

            2. That makes me feel sorry for the cow:) It'd be like giving a kidney to a loved one just to see it fail and be tossed in the garbage.

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              1. Thanks for taking the hit on this place. You are a hero.

                1. High class place. You got a pickle spear.

                  $12? Or more.

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                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                    Ha! $15.95 !
                    plus tax & TIPS !

                    "Cheeseburger Deluxe"

                    I drank a glass of Chateau Sink, on the rocks...

                    1. re: Gastronomos

                      No! $15.95?
                      Wow. That is a 6 buck diner meal where I live.

                      1. re: sedimental

                        The cafeteria at the hospital where I work has much better burgers than that, and the food there is the worst it's ever been, in general. Thank God the grill cooks are good.
                        Same ingredients, but the patty is better, the cheese is melted on the burger at the end of the cooking time, and you can put some nice leaf lettuce on it (or shitty iceberg shreds, your choice) and/or anemic tomatoes. And it's about $2.00. No tax, no tip.

                        1. re: sedimental

                          If you look closely at the picture, it's a Formica top and there's a glass jar sugar dispenser on the table. I'd bet it was at a diner, a typical offering at such a place and not $15.95.

                          1. re: fourunder

                            That somehow makes it a little better. I'm a sucker for nostalgia. If there were a little jukebox on the wall in the booth I'd be eating there myself.

                      2. Well at least the pickle looks good. On 2nd thought, the pickle looks pretty lame too.

                            1. re: Gastronomos

                              Did you sample them before writing them off?

                            2. re: SaraAshley

                              Normally that is where my eyes would go first. But those look not only frozen but underdone. I'd certainly do a taste test to evaluate before totally writing them off, though.

                              1. re: SaraAshley

                                "Eh....I'd eat the fries."

                                Only if they were properly salted in the kitchen.

                                I would definitely eat the pickle, tho.

                                1. re: PotatoHouse

                                  I'm a fries addict, they'd have to be pretty shitty for me not to touch them.

                              2. Nice work on the photo showing the desperation of the components

                                1. The more I look at that cheese, the more I'm reminded of Han Solo in carbonite.

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                                  1. re: DuchessNukem

                                    Would it have killed them to put the cheese on the burger instead of letting it solidify on the bun?

                                  2. Looks like those fake plastic Japanese food display thingie.

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                                    1. Here is what I think you did wrong;

                                      " Afternoon sweetie what can I getcha?"

                                      "Give me a burger well done, as well done as Brando's performance in Apocalypse Now, side of slaw, fries, toasted bun, and place a positive melanoma skin test on the top bun for me please. Oh.....and a Mr. Pibb" {{hands menu back to waitress}}

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                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                        at least the waitress got the order right this time.

                                        1. re: Monica

                                          Looks like she nailed it! (Like Brando's performance in Apocalypse Now!!!)

                                      2. My, but aren't we a bunch of snobs here!

                                        I'm sorry, but just what is your complaint anyways? That you ordered a "diner quality" burger and fries and didn't get gourmet? Okay, $15.95 sounds a bit high for where I'm living, but I'm guessing that's the going rate in the NYC area.

                                        I'm also not sure why you felt you had to take a picture of it and post it here. What did you expect us to do about it?

                                        Did you complain to the management? Refused to pay? Ask for your money back? Or did you just go away mad?

                                        Life's too short to get outraged over something as petty as a perceived bad burger and fries. I know this will be difficult for you, but try to get past this and move on with your life.

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                                        1. re: al b. darned

                                          I thank you kindly for your reply. Truly. Really. Kindly.
                                          I ask because on a site called "Chowhound", I wouldda thunk a bit of compassion would be in order.
                                          I ask because on a site called "Chowhound" I find some earlier replies on this thread to be in line with what my OP suggests.
                                          I ask because there seems also to be a greater number of those on this site called "Chowhound" that find this "diner quality", as you state, burger and fries to be a standard to which many, or *shudder*, most, aspire to.
                                          I am sorry, and very much at that, that you find there to be only "diner quality" as you state and "gourmet", as you state. What about a serviceable not gourmet burger?
                                          Some earlier replies to the OP were spot on.
                                          What does your post mean? What is it that you are trying to say? Please, enlighten us about this heat and serve temple of generic mediocrity. If only because the only thing I can surmise from your degrading reply, is that you are quite satisfied with the generic mediocrity in which you choose to live your life.

                                          1. re: Gastronomos

                                            Did the OP mention the name of the restaurant? Or where it is?

                                            But what I really wonder about was why the OP posted this. Did hs/he really want to know what s/he "did wrong"? -- and then this somehow complaining about a lack of compassion or getting the wrong responses.

                                            What's all the business in the OP's later response about a "heat and serve temple of generic mediocrity" and being unhappy about how someone chooses "to live your life."

                                            I may be very dense, but this whole thread confuses me.

                                            1. re: chicgail

                                              I just saw it as the OP sharing an amusing, awful plate of food. No action necessary, but commiseration welcomed. Not every thread on CH will change the world.

                                                1. re: Gastronomos

                                                  I still don't get it, but at least you are consistent.

                                                  1. re: Gastronomos

                                                    Lol. Don't drag that messy old thing out again.

                                            2. re: al b. darned

                                              If you look in my initial response, using the picture posted, the sugar dispenser on the Formica top table would only leave me to believe it was from a typical diner or luncheonette, not a restaurant as led top believe....and the going rate outside of a lunch special would be 6.95-9.95.

                                            3. Other than that place, who puts the cheese on the bun instead of the patty?

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                                              1. re: seamunky

                                                Most every diner I have ever been to in New Jersey does it

                                                1. re: fourunder

                                                  really? is it preferred by the clientele or is it just easier to melt under the broiler than on top of the patty? So the lettuce,tomato, onion then go UNDER the cheese?

                                                  1. re: seamunky

                                                    I can't tell you why it's done, but for many diners and luncheonettes, the flat top grill also doubles as a salamander underneath. Many associate salamanders as cheese melters. Many of these type restaurants toast the bread t0 make it taste better, and not stale from not being fresh. If you are lucky, another they will give you cheese on the bottom half of the bun as well. You have to be a super taster to tell the difference ...but the texture may be slightly different.. The one advantage is the salt or pepper will not bounce off the cheese.

                                                    Another trick many short order cooks use is to dip the slice of cheese in water before placing on top of the burger...then cover with a dome for a quick steam

                                              2. What did you do wrong?

                                                You walked into a diner and ordered a $16 burger. Diner burgers are adequate at the best of times and usually far worse. They're "drunk food."

                                                1. OK, does this pic look like an improvement or make it even worse ?

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                                                  1. re: Gastronomos

                                                    The red pepper strips laid out "just so" indicate fine dining.

                                                    1. re: DuchessNukem

                                                      fine dining indeed. if it weren't for the red pepper strips laid out "just so", the parsley flakes sprinkled on the outer plate would have no joy

                                                    2. re: Gastronomos

                                                      I think it's the camera! This burger is more photogenic than the first burger.