A Summer Vacation
For The Senses
Enjoy roadtrip flavor in
a quaintly suburban setting in Huntington village
By Brian Rafferty/
What more could you ask
of a burger joint than to have fresh, char-grilled meat and
Maybe a chocolate soda?
The American Burger Co. flagship store in Huntington finally
made the leap at the end of April and has transformed its
exterior to be American Roadside Burgers, falling in line
with its Smithtown branch.
Though the outside is slightly changed, the real reason anybody
ever went to this place remains the same, and should continue
to draw burger lovers in for some time to come.
The tradition of the roadside burger is one steeped in American
mythology. What makes this treat so fulfilling is the decades
of American lore that precede it. Picture yourself driving
with the kids in the back of the station wagon, untrusting
of the local eateries, wondering where to stop to fill the
kids bellies without giving them food poisoning
or giving yourself heartburn that never seems to end.
The solution to all that; the burger joint. From town to town
you stop in at any roadside dive and can order a burger. They
may differ in size and toppings, but the idea is the same
a high fat-to-lean ratio to make the burger juicy,
a hard sear on the outside and a pale pink interior. Place
that on a no-frills bun and what you get is a delectable piece
of heaven available on any highway exit long before
fast food tombs brought their overcooked, assembly line hockey
pucks to every interstate rest area and further choked the
small towns just off the main drag.
In todays troubled economic times more people are considering
curtailing the family vacations certainly not taking
many long drives and the roadside diner will lose out.
But rather than mourn the loss across Middle America, we should
celebrate this little slice of it right here in our backyard
American Roadside Burger.
The moment you walk in you see a short menu; burgers, maybe
doubled or even quadrupled, hot dogs, chicken, grilled cheese
onion rings and milkshakes make up the menu. They even offer
Bosco chocolate soda at the self-serve fountain.
You want a vacation without having to leave home? Do what
I did order a Double Cheeseburger ($5.42) Roadside
Onion Rings ($2.66) and a Vanilla Milk Shake ($2.91). Find
a seat if you can, and wait for your order to be made
just two or three minutes. You will soon be brought a tray
with your burger wrapped in foil, the grease on the onion
rings glistening, the thick shake bringing back fond memories
of your own time in the back of that station wagon.
337 New York Avenue, Huntington
Atmosphere: Quick and tasty
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday.