Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Burger Joint of the Week: Cheers in the Heights.
Still, Cheers in the Heights has a pretty good Old Fashioned with a choice of cheeses. Trouble is finding a seat inside during the lunch hour so you can enjoy one!
The burger options at Cheers are simple — the Old Fashioned Hamburger ($5.75), the Old Fashioned Cheeseburger ($5.95) and the Garden Burger ($5.75). The cheese options are varied: American, Cheddar, Swiss, Pepper and Mozzarella. I went for the Mozzarella because, frankly, it's been a while since I had a good mozz burger. The default condiment is mustard and the default side, potato chips. I upgraded to the fries for $1.90 more.
That was a good choice — the fries were plentiful, fresh cut, skin on and nicely salted. They were a little crispy on the outside and good for dipping. I highly approved.
The burger? Half a pound of griddle fried lean ground beef on a Kaiser roll. The yeasty roll was toasted and soaked up what little burger grease was left. Unlike other Kaiser burgers I have encountered, this one stayed together throughout the meal. The meat was salt and pepper seasoned with a little of what tasted like Tony Chachere's in the background, nicely done. Red onion slivers were liberal, as was the tomato, though the strange lettuce seemed a bit... well, white for my taste. I was surprised to see traditional hamburger dills here but once I tried the combination of bun, mustard, dills and burger it made sense. This Old Fashioned is named such from iancient dairy-bar roots where the mustard usually goes directly on the meat. I appreciated that there wasn't too much mustard... just a smear.
I should have stopped there... and had planned to, but my waitress talked me into dessert. I went for the Chocolate Cobbler ($5.50) and was rewarded with something that seemed to be a bastard child of a Molten Lava cake and a brownie, but better: overly moist and yet crispy chocolate cake served up piping hot in a ramekin topped with ice cream and whipped cream.
Rich. Like a chocolate carpet rich. Like a velvet dark chocolate souffle. Like... well, it was decadent, and the variations in temperatures made it even that much more so. I guiltily ate it all. I know I'll pay for that later.
Cheers in the Heights is open every day of the week save Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (9:30 on Friday and Saturday). (501) 663-5937 or check out the website.