Main Street Cheeseburger @ Carnation Cafe

Price: $13.00

When: August 19, 2017, 1:15 PM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Recommended

We’re at Carnation Cafe. I’ve ordered (and am sad about) the Fresh Catch of the Day. Elaine, on the other hand, wanted something big. Hearty. More “classic American lunch.”

She went with the Main Street Cheeseburger, cooked medium.

Up top: this is a huge serving. The burger itself is large, and it comes with an ocean of french fries. The immediate reaction is to ask, “How the hell am I going to eat all of this?”

No problem. It’s incredibly delicious.

Let’s start with the bun. It’s soft, but sturdy. There’s a slight buttery flavor. It’s lightly toasted, and has a bit of crunch. This is a bun that will easily soak up juice from the burger, the tomato, and the condiments. Excellent.

Next: the toppings. All good, all fresh, all happy-making. Tomato, onion, lettuce. Everything has an oar in the water

Finally: the burger itself. It’s wonderful. Juicy. Lightly (and simply) seasoned. Outstanding texture and mouth feel. It’s the keystone ingredient, and it delivers. In spades.

Put it all together, and you have what is, arguably, the best burger in the parks. (The fries are also great.) We’ve got a clear, clear winner.

Sharif agrees. He’s a self-confessed burger guy. He ordered his own Main Street Cheeseburger, and got his “naked” – no toppings whatsoever. He raved about it: “Excellent stuff.”

This isn’t just recommended: it’s a standout. Don’t miss it.