NATIONAL HAMBURGER MONTH
Day 20, Bonus Burgers
When I was a kid, I was addicted to home video game systems. We had Atari 2600, Colecovision, Nintendo, Sega Master System, Super NES, Sega Genesis, Playstation and more in my house. My brother’s and I played them every waking moment we had the chances to do so. The three of us were always so excited when we got a new game and there was one thing we NEVER did…read the instructions. That game got ripped out of the box, put into the system and we figured it out as we played. I think the only way we would’ve ever paused to go through the instructions was if the game designed themselves had sat down and showed us how to play.
The same principles still apply to a lot of my life. I am a man and I don’t read the instructions unless I absolutely have to. When it comes to iPhone apps I can honestly say that I have never read the instructions. I just open them up and start tapping away. But on this 20th day of National Hamburger Month that finally happened. George Motz, author of the great book ever written about historically important American Hamburgers, “Hamburger America,” was releasing his very own companion smart phone app called “Burger GPS.” To commemorate it’s public unveiling George gave a demonstration on how to use the app and the inspiration behind it at the Apple Store in the Meat Packing district.
The app works exactly like it’s name, as a Burger GPS, that will geo-locate the nearest Motz approved Burgers in your vicinity. From there you can see suggestions, save favorites and browse Burgers by neighborhoods.
And what’s the best way to celebrate something this great? WITH BURGERS!!
To show our love for George and our own love of Burgers, we put our own Burger master mind, Kyle from Billy Hurricane’s, to put together a Mini Burger Extravaganza at Idle Hands. We don’t normally serve Burgers in the two bars but you can always get Kyle’s “Dirty” Burger at Thunder Jacksons. With Mini-Burger Patties GRACIOUSLY supplied by Burger Maker, Kyle and Chef Wolfgang put on their tasty caps and came up with a special menu to be served at the Burger GPS after party at Idle Hands & Billy Hurricane’s.
Out of fairness, I am not going to review and rate the Mini Burgers served since I’m one of the owners but I will tell you that I enjoyed each and every one of them! Burger Maker has an excellent product. I’ve road tested them myself and think they make a superior Burger. My fave was “The Balls,” a recipe derived from the BBQ Meatballs we served at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival earlier this year. Round after round of Mini Burgers got served and then demolished in what truly was an extravaganza. You can try the full sized versions of the Burgers (along with the rest of the menu) next time you are at Billy Hurricanes or Idle Hands and rate them yourself.
THE BURGER COUNTQUEST
May 21, 2011 – 12:10 AM