Dining & Drink

Eat It – Last Meal

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Preamble Ramble
All aboard the Argo! We’re off on another voyage on our Quest for the Golden Cheeseburger. Hang on, Argonauts. I’m at the helm of this ship and Zeus knows I don’t know how to steer the damn thing.
This week takes us to Brenda’s Bigger Burger in Fayetteville. If you’ve never eaten at Brenda’s you should definitely get out of the house and get yourself acquainted. It’s on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard just east of Government Avenue.

Food for Thought
The standard fare for any cheeseburger quest should be a cheeseburger, fries and Coke. A Coke may be replaced by a chocolate shake if you can down that much food in one sitting. I can’t, so I opted for the former.
Brenda’s regular cheeseburger is big. So big, in fact, that I couldn’t finish all of it. It was large, greasy and delicious — just like I like my, well, my cheeseburgers. It was pure beef that had been lovingly handformed into a patty and then topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles and mustard. All of the toppings were tasty, fresh and plentiful. My partner-in-dine ordered the Super Cheeseburger and it was so big he had a little patty envy. He decided that next time he could probably get by with just the regular cheeseburger. The fries were previously frozen, which you all know I detest, but these weren’t too shabby.

There was a pile of them, too. I think they should serve them in a bucket instead of the paper wrapping. There are enough that you could share them if you wanted.

The Sporkcast
(on a scale of 1-5 sporks)
Atmosphere: 4.25 concrete sporks with chipped tines. It’s hard to rate the atmosphere at Brenda’s, because it’s a walk up place where you order at the window. There are a few tables out front, but most people get their grub to go.
Food: 4.85 sporks with bandanas tied around the handles. I loved the burger and tolerated the fries better than I usually tolerate frozen fries. Next time, I think I’ll add bacon to my cheeseburger and try an order of onion rings.
Staff: 4.90 sparkly sporks who sing ABBA covers. The girl who took my order was friendly and quick, and it seemed like she enjoyed her job.
Dollars Spent: My cheeseburger and fries set me back a little over 6 bucks. That’s pretty darn reasonable for the amount of food I got.
Chance of Returning: I’ll continue going back to Brenda’s for awesome cheeseburgers just like I have for years.

On a final note, this will be the last installment of Eat It. I’ve had tons of fun and great food. Thank you all for reading and for all the email. I loved reading every single one — even when you didn’t agree with my review. You’ll still be seeing my name on an article once in awhile, so I’m not completely disappearing.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite food quotes by the late chef, James Beard: “A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.”

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