On our mighty, ridiculously-speedy, cross-country drive, our journey was marked in miles, states and burger joints. We didn’t have much time for site seeing, but I did want to hit a few highlights – and the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City was one of those. Coincidentally, there were a couple of burger joints in SLC that I wanted to try. Hire’s Big H Burgers was one, downtown and less than a mile from the Temple. This one came to my attention from a Zagat list of the Best Burgers in 25 Cities. From 2013 <g>. Arising from his family’s home / grocery store, Don Hires opened his drive-in restaurant in 1959 and we were there during the 60th anniversary celebration.
This is an old fashioned drive-in, with carhops – to summon them, turn on your headlights, once you are parked. We didn’t use that option, as we were eating “in” but it’s a fascinating approach for a drive-in. I didn’t choose the local “special” either – a pastrami burger – as I had another burger joint in my sights for that. The burgers are fresh-ground and hearty and the fries (and onion rings) are served with their “fry sauce” – a mix of mayo, ketchup and who knows what else. I was there for the Big H burger and that’s what I ordered.
And a tasty burger, it was. A quarter pound for fresh ground chuck topped with fry sauce, lettuce and tomato on a pillow-y bun. With fresh steak-cut fries. A delicious, classic diner meal.