Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Chained Up: Steak ‘n Shake A-1 Peppercorn Melt

The puzzling popularity of chain restaurants can only be explained by America’s love affair with mediocrity.

Either that or most people just don’t get out that much. Hence the desperate need for Suits in Strange Places.

But despite my unyielding assault on corporate lowest common denominator food, it is important to point out that some chains are less pathetic than others.

I’ve always been partial to Steak ‘n Shake myself.

It offers the food quality, ambiance and service of a good local diner – but at fast food prices.

I mean, you really can’t beat their four meals for $3.99. That’s a bargain for a fresh made double cheeseburger and good crispy thin cut fries (for maximum grease to potato ratio).

But I’m always tempted to try their “special” burgers for a couple bucks more, like the A-1 Peppercorn Melt.

It’s basically the same double cheese burger as the $3.99 bargain burger, but with two strips of bacon, sautéed onions, A-1 sauce and different bread.

I’m not sure the sum of those additional burger parts are worth the extra coin, but the final verdict can’t be denied – this is one tasty burger.

Rating: Good

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