I have been thinking a lot about burgers lately, which isn’t really any different than normal. But in particular, I’ve been pondering the relative quality of various hamburger purveyors, and also how to describe them.
In Wheaton, there isn’t a lot of burgering going on. We have several fast food outlets: McDonalds, Wendy’s, Checkers, and maybe Burger King if you consider that part of Wheaton, way up Georgia north of Randolph. I prefer none of the above, strictly in terms of burgers. I’m leaving fish, chicken, and fries out of it for now.
Aside from that, what does Wheaton have? Royal Mile has a good burger. Nick’s may have a burger, not sure. Probably IHOP. And I think that’s it. We don’t have any of the upscale fast food burger chains, or whatever you want to call them, the kind that are still fairly speedy but better quality than usual fast food, but not sit-down table service like RM or other full service restaurants, ranging from Five Guys to In-n-Out to Z Burger to Good Stuff to BGR to Ray’s Hellburger and I’m sure I’m missing lots of other, similar options. We don’t even have a Jack-in-the-Box, my preferred national or semi-national fast food burger. And we have no purely local burger joints like Shake Shack (NYC) or Dick’s (Seattle) or Red Mill (Seattle again) or Wingfield’s (Dallas) or I could go on for most cities and small towns in America. Steak’n’Shake is popular in the Midwest, just ask Roger Ebert.
But we got nuthin’. I think Wheaton is ready for quality burgerage. Five Guys would be fine with me, but I know not everyone thinks they’re so great; I would welcome any of the brands listed above, and then some. Hopeful that maybe the Hollywood Video space up Georgia in the H Mart strip could end up a burger place, but if not there, somewhere, sometime soon. Just not sure where or when.
In the meantime, I can only eat vicariously at other towns’ awesome burger joints via A Hamburger Today.