What you’re getting: The 8th Street burger
You probably wouldn’t expect that a place that boasts about its “award-winning wine list” would sell a lot of burgers, but you also might not expect to find many burgers that also include braised short ribs and house-cured bacon. The greens aren’t just ordinary lettuce and were probably picked within the past 24 hours, and the quality of the hand-cut French fries matches the rest of the meal.
What you’re getting: A couple (at least) of cheeseburgers
Perfect for a college town, Booches (yes, it’s also a billiards place) is dive-y and cheap, with burgers that would probably be called sliders if the place didn’t predate the founding of White Castle. Maybe they’re a bit bigger than that, but you’d better order at least two. They’re served on little squares of wax paper, with toppings as you’d like, although raw onion, mustard, and ketchup are probably best. No fries, only chips (try the red hot riplets). No credit cards, only cash (although even the most dirt-poor college kid should be able to pay for at least one burger).