Sunday, January 25, 2009
By now it's probably beginning to sound like all we do is eat, and sometimes it does feel that way. We really are trying to be better about eating at home more often, but last night we decided to defy Suze Orman and head out for a bite. It was nearly 8pm and frigid oustide and we hadn't come up with any ideas for dinner yet, so a classic American burger sounded like just the ticket -- quick, warm, cheap, tasty. For the last two years before moving to Texas, I managed to avoid eating beef 99.9% of the time. Maybe it's part of my assimilation into Texan culture, but I think I've had more beef in the six weeks since we've moved than in those last two years put together. Whoops.
We'd been wanting to try Fran's Hamburgers, a classic joint just a few blocks from our house. It was pretty sad and dingy looking inside, but sometimes those type of places have the best food, and this was no exception. We ordered jalapeno cheeseburgers, fries and chocolate milkshakes for a grand total of $13.62. For all of that!
Reading my future sister-in-law's blog The Garden of Eating, I came across a term I hadn't heard before, "a hamburger economy." I guess in times of economic hardship, the cheap fast-food restaurants actually do well because even when people can't afford anything else, they can usually afford a hamburger. Before Fran, it was really more of a "mac 'n' cheese economy" in our house, but maybe that will change...
It was all really frantastic (heh), but my favorite part was the chocolate shake. It was the real deal -- you could see the swirls of chocolate sauce in the thick ice cream, not like some restaurants that use a pre-made mix. And we marveled that the shakes stayed thick even after we'd finished eating (which, as I've mentioned before, can take a year or two). A lot of times if you wait to have your shake until you're done eating, all you're left with is some very unsatifsying, overly thick chocolate milk. But not when Fran's in charge!