After driving across Washington state the day before, we rolled into northern Idaho, around lunch time. One of my friends declares that Couer d’Alene is the prettiest places in this country. So we headed toward down town and found that he was right. It was an early autumn day and the sun was shining on the lake with such brightness that it was hard to see for the glare, when we walked down to the water.
We parked a couple of blocks away and went in to grab a quick lunch at the counter-service only Hudson’s Hamburgers. Open since 1907, they specialize in burgers and pie. In fact, there are only three other things on the menu (technically it’s two things combined to make a third):
Hamburger, cheeseburger, double hamburger, double cheeseburger, ham sandwich, egg sandwich, ham and egg sandwich. And pie.
That’s the entire menu, above the Pepsi machine. The burgers are served only with onion and pickles. And cheese, as an option. Interestingly, the pickles and onions are sliced, as they go, for each burger.
When you know what you do well, you go with it. For 112 years, they’ve been kicking out these burgers and pies. I had a double with cheese.
This was a fine burger, perfectly griddled. Condiment wise, there was mustard and “hot” ketchup on the counter. The hot ketchup was interesting – apparently, it was put on the counter in the Depression to stop ketchup thieves. Imagine a world where your biggest worry as a business is ketchup thieves. Times have changed. I guess it worked. And they’ve kept it for the last 80 years…
And then we had the pie. Strawberry rhubarb for me.
Lemon meringue (an easy three inches tall) for my beloved.