Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA
For those who don't know, Denny's is famous for their promotion of 3, 5, 10, 15, and 100 lb burger challenges. But they are also a homey stop along a Roadfood-desolate stretch of I-80 in Pennsylvania.
I was lukewarm about our first visit calling the burgers average; the second, a lunchtime stop, was much better. Mrs Mosca, being either adventurous (for ordering away from the house specialty) or unadventurous (for ordering what she always does) got a wrap, a Philly cheese steak wrap. I include no picture; it looks like all the other wraps. Brown, and wrapped.
I ordered a Tex-Mex burger; "1/2 lb. ground beef spiced to perfection, then we add bacon, grilled onion, hot peppers and plenty of jalapeno cheese and tomato served on grilled texas toast and taco sauce on the side." On last visit, the only choice for doneness was "well"; this time, there was a choice of medium, which I took.
Much better this time. The beef was tastier, the burger done properly, the toppings excellent. I'd give it a B+. It's not in contention for best burger title, and never will be; but it is above average, and a decent Roadfood stop.
Edit: oops, I forgot the money shot!
And as an aside: when we were there, a family stopped in; mom and dad, and a kid about 11 or 12. This is lunch time, about 1PM. Dad looks at the menu, and orders a 24 oz draft of Sam Adams. Mom chooses a 16 oz draft of Blue Moon. While talking with the waitress, I overhear the dad mention to her that they have about 9 more hours of driving! Geez! Even if a 24oz draft doesn't get you to blow .08, it absolutely changes your reaction time and judgement! And it will make you tired more easily. These weren't youngsters in their 30s; the guy was probably late 40s, dressed in polo shirt and cuffed shorts. Upper middle management type of guy. No one showed up on the news, so it worked out OK. But in these days of increased awareness of the dangers of buzzed driving, and how it violates the social contract, I found this surprising.
post edited by Mosca - 2009/09/03 13:20:39