May is National Hamburger Month
Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel
Popeye’s friend Wimpy would be in Hamburger Heaven if he could eat hamburgers every day for a whole month.
The hamburger got its name as early as 1896 when an article in the Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper called a 5-cent steak sandwich a “hamburger sandwich.”
The hamburger, which traces its origins to Hamburg, Germany, became an American star when it was served at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. And, by the 1950s it was being served at hamburger stands everywhere... including Hamburger Handout in Culver City, CA.
Today hamburgers have their own Facebook page – a definite sign that hamburgers have come into their own with some even going gourmet.
SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel find it hard to resist a good hamburger, especially when we’re relaxing at the beach.
If you really want to jumpstart your taste buds on a SoCal beach day, then make a pit stop at Sunny's favorite spot, Volcano Burgers (3652 Cerritos Avenue) in Los Alamitos, a restaurant that’s been making burgers for over 30 years.
You’ll get a hamburger ($2.59) unlike any other that you’ve tasted. When you see how big it is, with the ingredients spilling over the bun, you’ll be glad that the take-out orders come in boxes instead of bags.
The same goes for the chili cheese fries ($3.69), which are hard to consume in a single sitting.
The melted cheddar cheese covering the fries in lava-like splendor tells you that these fries are fit for a king or, in this case, a goddess – Pele, the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess. Be sure to ask for extra napkins. Lots of them!
Whether you grill it yourself, get it from your local drive-in or a gourmet restaurant, now is the time to celebrate the hamburger.
So, pick your burger – be it beef, turkey, pork, or veggie – pile on your favorite fixin’s and get ready to enjoy an American classic.
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