Re:Burger Encyclopedia - NY Slant
This was lots of fun to check out--thanks for posting. I was glad to see the article included "slugburgers", thought I've never heard them referred to by this term. I grew up in Decatur, Alabama, home of C.F. Penn's, which has served up this kind of burger since 1927. I love these things! They are a guilty pleasure. If you ever pass through Decatur, stop by. Be sure to order yours "extra brown, all the way". "All the way" is mustard and onions. You can ask for ketchup, but then it's not "all the way". Pickles are available if you want them. Ketchup and cayenne pepper are on the counters, and if you want to eat a Pennburger like a true native, add a liberal sprinkling of cayenne and wash it down with cold milk. I'm a native, but I go easy on the cayenne and wash mine down with a cold Pepsi (no Coke products served here). I always order mine with with cheese. Don't forget your Mylanta or you will be sorry! If you are really brave, go ahead and order 2 burgers. Other nearby establishments serving this style of Burger are Dub's Burgers in Athens, Alabama, which serves them up with sweet and tangy vinegar slaw similar like North Alabama bbq stands offer, and Nesmith's in Moulton, AL, though I heard a rumor Nesmith's may be closed (I no longer live in the area). The author of the above article suggested mapping out a Slugburger Trail. Sounds good to me. I will be the first to sign up if you RF decides to sponsor a tour!