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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 10:15pm on 04/10/2008 under ,
I've been looking around at the restaurant chains that have opened up branches in our area over the past few years, and I've noticed something.

Despite the health claims for lighter diets and diets without red meat, and despite what appears to be an increasing number of vegetarians and vegans, the humble hamburger remains much in demand. Today, however, it's a bigger, tastier burger than was (and is!) served by the longest-lived burger chains, White Castle and McDonalds. No, I mean the latest crop of chains, targeted at the middle and upper middle class, who nonetheless sell mostly burgers and fries: Five Guys (which sells only burgers, fries, and hot dogs, but provides boxes of raw, shelled peanuts, free of charge), and Goodburger, (which sells things like BLTs and turkey sandwiches in addition to fries and every kind of burger imaginable). Don't forget the older (1980s) crop of burger places like Johnny Rockets and Ruby's that build their locations to have a shiny, 50's diner-style look, but actually serve little more than burgers and fries. And also don't forget the burger places that masquerade as T.G.I. Friday's clones, namely, Fuddruckers and Red Robin (which started out as a tavern and ended up stripping down its emphasis to burgers later on).

In addition to all of that, every diner and many pizzerias can serve you a hamburger as well. They're *everywhere*, even more so than they were back in the day (way before *my* time, certainly) when McDonalds was new, nifty, and cool.
Mood:: 'intrigued' intrigued

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