Thursday, February 16, 2012
Burger Joint of the Week: Top Rock Drive In, Alpena.
But I will tell you there was a lot of frying involved.
I came in, sat down in a booth and asked the waitress what a Leopard Burger was. "It's really, really big," she told me.
"A half pound?"
"I'm not sure. It has bacon."
"Ooh. Well, that's a deal-breaker."
"We can take it off. It's still really good."
It was about a 20 minute wait for the burger, but then it was delivered on a plate. And yes, my waitress was correct, it was a really, really big burger — probably a pound.
The bun, though... I have had buttered buns, I have had toasted buns, I've had toasted and buttered buns — but I swear, it was as if this bun had been fried open-side-down in butter. It had a startling crispness to it, a quarter inch butter ring into the bun (like a smoke ring in a brisket),
My waitress said she thought the buns came from the Mennonite bakery in Harrison, but she wasn't sure. It was soft topped, like a very wide and shallow version of a Boulevard Bread Company bun but with a very white-bread-soft center to it.
The patty itself had been seasoned with just a little salt and pepper and the grease from the grill.
It was impressive. And I took nearly two thirds of that burger home. As I said, it was a big burger. And just phenomenal, too.
But... there is this. When I went to reheat the thing later, it just wasn't as great. That's because all that butter fried into the bun had made the bun tough. Ah well. I had a great experience with it on my initial introduction, and that's what matters to me.
You'll find the Top Rock Drive In on the east side of Alpena on Highway 62. It's open every day, and breakfast is served all the time. How about that? Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (870) 437-5238 or check out the Facebook page.
Top Rock Drive In
311 US Highway 62
Alpena, AR 72611