2. Watch your mouth. No, we’re not talking about swears. The cheese in the middle is a molten pocket ready to sear your face. The server is probably going to warn you or, if you’re eating somewhere the Lucy is the dish du jour 365 days a year, the server will probably be wearing a shirt with some kind of kitschy warning.
So, is it Matt’s or the 5-8?
For a burger where the ingredients are simply burger, cheese, and bun, there are big differences between these two. However, they both lay out the essentials for finding a good one: You should be in a dive bar. If you walk in and it’s dark with the option to sit at a mottled bar, you’re on the right path. Neon beer signs are a good indicator, as is an absence of plates.
At Matt’s, your burger ($7.75) comes with nothing but a stack of napkins for the mess you’re about to make. (Though, you should ask for onions.) A sign behind the bar reads: “No ice. No plates. We blew the budget on napkins.” It’s served wrapped in paper. The bun looks cheap -- it probably is -- and the patty is pretty well-seared. There’s a whole lot of flavor in the burger, with a pocket of liquid-y, oily cheese ready to burst forth. Moreover, the burger is well-seasoned and always fresh because this place goes through an unimaginable amount of beef.