Gunther Toodys: 五十年 代的主题餐饮店

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Sat Jan 21 2012

My Yelp Review:

If you crave greasy diner food and nostalgia with 50’s themed props and costume, this is the place to check out. The set-up is not that different from Johnny Rockets, maybe with a little less pricey menu.

To break it down, the The Hang Ten Burger is very similar to Red Robbin’s Banzai burger, but it can’t even compete, that’s why I couldn’t understand why my boyfriend would even consider ordering that, after having tried it at Red Robin’s and knowing how good it is. We ask to upgrade our fries to the Elvis fries, meh, not that special. Probably wiser to stay with regular fries because their sweet potato fries are really good. Probably the best I’ve ever had. Thin cut almost like McDonald’s fries, they were very crispy all the way through. They were alongside a Monte Cristo sandwich which was so doughy you could taste the baking soda! But my first time trying a fried sandwich dipped in jelly was still a somewhat great experience!

To balance it a little, we asked for a Popeye salad, the ingredients were great but the dressing sucked – too tangy, all you taste was sour, sour, sour. Couldn’t really savor it, downed the veggies with a frown. However, the Jalapeno Cornbread Muffin that came with the salad was delish! One of the best I’ve had. The sweet and savory and spicy flavors were held in very well with a perfectly baked cornbread muffin. Mmmmmm, if they have a drive-thru, I’d be using it for just the muffins and sweet potato fries.

We couldn’t leave without trying the shake. Maybe it was wrong to get a fancy Fudge Brownie Shake? Everybody here says the basic chocolate shake is very good. But I remember having much better shakes at Chili’s and Cheeburger Cheeburger.

Andy今天生日,本来在他家有个party,结果无端取消。也罢,正好有张团购券将要过期,想带老爸去见识一下Gunther Toodys diner:一家五十年代主题的典型美国餐饮店。唉,现在的男人都特别扭,到了中午他才说胃不舒服不想去,叫我带妈妈去好了。其实两年前我就跟老妈和大头来过了。

看过六人行的人都应该记得Monica认识那个有点自虐倾向的百万富翁时期在一间叫Moondance Diner的餐厅打工,戴着假发和假胸,还被逼穿溜冰鞋和在柜台上跳YMCA. Gunther Toodys就是差不多这样的一间连锁Diner (米国的重要饮食文化之一;Diner:最早期指快餐车,后来进化到所谓的廉价餐厅;到现在还是有固定的菜式让人一看菜单就知道是Diner!)

GT的装潢很五十年代,墙上挂着猫王、梦露等经典好莱坞明星海报。有一台放硬币进去启动的唱片点唱机,播放的肯定是老歌。很不巧当天机器坏了停用:

来张吧台正面:

那曾经"庸俗"的霓虹灯现在看来很"复古"吧!

老妈那天打扮得不错,跟隔壁挂着的摩托车相辉映:

身后是一个大广告:每周三晚上汉堡才五仙一个,爱吃汉堡的人有福了!

不过呀,这里的汉堡还真的只是一般,大头一定要叫,只能依他了:

照片看不出来,牛肉和芝士中间还夹了块菠萝的,目的是让汉堡更多汁。想学人家Red Robins的Banzai Burger呢。可人家那个除了菠萝还有秘制的酱料充当“润湿”,比它好吃10倍!薯条我也要了升级版的,名叫The Elvis (难道是猫王最爱这样吃法?) 脆脆的薯条上淋满了Gravy肉汁和溶掉的碎芝士。搞屁啊,这样薯条不就变软了!?后来上网查了一下,加拿大发明的这种吃法,叫Poutine,那个才是正宗豪华版的。GT的太过牵强。

Diner food就是煎炸物多,横竖横的我们就给它来多一盘。这个叫Monte Cristo,米国版的Croque Monsieur(有名的法国三明治)。没吃过后者,用前者充当一下。概念跟西多士差不多,两片面包夹着ham and turkey然后点满鸡蛋再放到油里炸,蘸果酱吃。又咸又甜的肥死人不偿命玩意儿:

结论是我还得到别的地方尝试Monte Cristo,GT的苏打粉味太重,三明治本来的味道都被遮盖了,可惜呀。值得欣慰的是炸甜薯(地瓜)条很不错。这个不好做,因为地瓜本来就比马铃薯湿,很多餐厅都选择切粗条,中间炸不透,整个儿软啪啪的怪恶心。GT的切得跟麦当劳的薯条差不多,根根儿都炸得脆卜卜的,洒些他们自制的Seasoning(调味粉),口感甚佳!

终于吃到一样好的了。最后上来的菠菜沙拉用料听起来都很不错,可惜沙拉酱太酸,吃得我们眉头拧紧。幸好附送的Cornbread Muffin(玉米面包松饼)很好吃!哈哈,可是里面呀,含了Jalapeno(墨西哥辣椒),老妈不知道,啃到一小块,辣得差点哭出来!我学乖了,先把绿色的辣椒粒抠出来再慢慢品尝黄油香和玉米香十足的甜滋滋的松饼和辣椒的余辣碰撞出来的鲜味,一点都不夸张!

服务生都穿特定的制服,妆化得较浓,有五十年代的风格(脸很白,嘴唇血红血红),粉红上衣别满了嘻皮的小扣针,挺有一番味道:

吃得满手油腻,临走时去卫生间洗手,明明进的是女厕所,洗完手要拉门的时候把我吓了一跳,怎么门上挂的是男厕所的标志?希望打开门走出去时别被人发现。。。出来后再看一眼门上,是女厕所的牌子呀!哈哈,原来这是GT给大家(至少是给女生)开的玩笑,门正面挂的才是真的牌子,背面的是唬人的。啐,上了一当!

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