Monday, March 3, 2014

Danny's All American Diner & Dairy Bar - Tampa, FL

Danny's is located in the middle of nowhere. If you're coming from the north, you drive into a residential area wondering if you're headed in the right direction. Once you find it, you'll park on the east side of the road.  Walk across the street and into Danny's into a confined tiny 6 ft x 6 ft space. The clutter is salient with writings all over the place causing information overload yet the menu is nowhere to be found.

Diner, Drive-Ins, and Dives made a stop here. This is quintessential Triple D showcase and quintessential Americana. What a great old nostalgic neighborhood establishment.  I'd love this place as a piece of history even if  the food was a bust.  Guy Fieri has steered me wrong more often than not. So how were the burgers?

Danny's offers a lot of different burgers.  I truly should have stuck with a traditional burger to gauge its worthiness but I went with a Triple D favorite Chili Cheeseburger. Think about it. Beef topped with more beef.  It really doesn't make sense unlike chili on top of a hot dog...

Pragmatism sets in as you're about to attack it.  It's dripping with chili so how do you grab the beast with your hands? I took the fork and ate all the chili that oozed out the side and worked the perimeter until it was all gone and no more chili oozed out. Then I grabbed with both hands and never let it go from that point.

Home Run Chili Cheeseburger
  • Bun:  Large white bun held up well despite the sloppy wet chili
  • Topping: Chili, raw onions. The chili was meaty but not particularly notable.
  • Cheese: Cheddar
  • Beef: 2/5 lb ground fresh and hand pattied. Prepared medium, moist, tender.
  • Price: $5.79
  • Rating: 8.8. I should have had a more traditional preparation which I believe would have rated higher. The chili wasn't dominating but it masked the beefiness of the patty.
Sioux City Sarsaparilla - if A &W Root Beer is the benchmark, then this was below par. Light, thin, watery, insipid, and lacking complexity. It's easy for me to say no to this brand.

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