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What is it that I did wrong?

Gastronomos Nov 8, 2013 07:41 PM

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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    mwhitmore Nov 8, 2013 08:28 PM

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

    1. ipsedixit Nov 8, 2013 08:43 PM

      What is it that I did wrong?

      You stayed.

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        Gastronomos Nov 19, 2013 10:21 AM

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

      2. JayL Nov 8, 2013 11:45 PM

        I'd know melted american cheese anywhere!


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          DuchessNukem Nov 9, 2013 12:07 AM

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

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            Bill Hunt Nov 11, 2013 08:04 PM

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

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


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            sedimental Nov 9, 2013 09:45 AM

            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
              LotusRapper Nov 9, 2013 11:03 PM

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

              Also known as a Sysco Special ;-)

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              KrumTx Nov 10, 2013 04:53 AM

              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. re: KrumTx
                Gastronomos Nov 22, 2013 08:50 AM


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                treb Nov 10, 2013 07:40 AM

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

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                  INDIANRIVERFL Nov 10, 2013 11:48 AM

                  High class place. You got a pickle spear.

                  $12? Or more.

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                    Gastronomos Nov 10, 2013 12:13 PM

                    Ha! $15.95 !
                    plus tax & TIPS !

                    "Cheeseburger Deluxe"

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

                    1. re: Gastronomos
                      sedimental Nov 10, 2013 01:20 PM

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

                      1. re: sedimental
                        EWSflash Nov 10, 2013 04:54 PM

                        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
                          fourunder Nov 10, 2013 09:29 PM

                          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
                            bobbert Nov 11, 2013 02:23 PM

                            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.

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                          Ttrockwood Nov 11, 2013 06:51 PM

                          Nyc diner delivery?

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                        bobbert Nov 10, 2013 08:05 PM

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

                        1. SaraAshley Nov 10, 2013 08:07 PM

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

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                            Gastronomos Nov 11, 2013 09:26 AM


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                              SaraAshley Nov 11, 2013 10:06 AM

                              Did you sample them before writing them off?

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                                Gastronomos Nov 12, 2013 04:11 AM

                                I did

                            2. re: SaraAshley
                              tcamp Nov 11, 2013 02:43 PM

                              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
                                PotatoHouse Nov 20, 2013 05:08 PM

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

                                Only if they were properly salted in the kitchen.

                                I would definitely eat the pickle, tho.

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                                  SaraAshley Nov 20, 2013 06:08 PM

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

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                                    LotusRapper Nov 20, 2013 06:17 PM


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                                autumm Nov 10, 2013 08:29 PM

                                Nice work on the photo showing the desperation of the components

                                1. DuchessNukem Nov 11, 2013 09:32 AM

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

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                                  1. re: DuchessNukem
                                    tcamp Nov 11, 2013 02:45 PM

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

                                  2. Monica Nov 11, 2013 10:22 AM

                                    Looks like those fake plastic Japanese food display thingie.

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                                    1. re: Monica
                                      LotusRapper Nov 11, 2013 10:49 AM

                                      I was gonna say exactly that !

                                    2. jrvedivici Nov 12, 2013 08:03 AM

                                      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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                                        Monica Nov 12, 2013 08:04 AM

                                        at least the waitress got the order right this time.

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                                          jrvedivici Nov 12, 2013 08:05 AM

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

                                      2. al b. darned Nov 19, 2013 02:51 PM

                                        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
                                          Gastronomos Nov 19, 2013 03:09 PM

                                          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.

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                                            chicgail Nov 20, 2013 10:22 AM

                                            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
                                              DuchessNukem Nov 20, 2013 10:38 AM

                                              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.

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                                                Gastronomos Nov 27, 2013 08:12 AM


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                                                  chicgail Nov 27, 2013 08:46 AM

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

                                                  1. re: Gastronomos
                                                    DuchessNukem Nov 27, 2013 11:23 AM

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

                                            2. re: al b. darned
                                              fourunder Nov 19, 2013 05:08 PM

                                              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.

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                                              seamunky Nov 19, 2013 04:22 PM

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

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                                              1. re: seamunky
                                                fourunder Nov 19, 2013 05:04 PM

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

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                                                  seamunky Nov 20, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                  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
                                                    fourunder Nov 20, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                    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. Bob Martinez Nov 27, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                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. Gastronomos Jan 5, 2014 05:06 PM

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

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                                                    DuchessNukem Jan 6, 2014 02:59 PM

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

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                                                      Gastronomos Jan 8, 2014 10:38 AM

                                                      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

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                                                      Monica Jan 8, 2014 12:33 PM

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

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