Lunch 5/20/2012: the Great Patty Melt Challenge

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Patty Melt and Fries
Joanie’s Cafe
Palo Alto, CA

The Great Patty Melt Challenge

The bread, the bread, the bread was perfect. Yes, perfect. Crunchy until the last bits, grilled with butter, great quality rye. Wow. And the onions, sliced well, with a generous portion – the whole circle slice, actually, and grilled until soft but not burnt. But everything else about the sandwich was subpar. I asked for it medium, and it was well done. And, while the patty was seasoned nicely, I still couldn’t get over eating beef that hard. It was served with a tasteless cheddar (two slices, but not gooey). I even tried to taste the cheddar, but nada flavor. And the fries were the typical cafe fry, with that slight breaded flavor, but they were over cooked or they needed to change the oil. As for the overall experience, there were so many major factors that were bad, I’m not sure such good bread could make up for it. Good bread, though.

On a side note: my server, Susan was a doll. She even suggested another place for me to try. Good job, Joanie.

Patty: 2
Cheese: 1
Onions: 3.5 (still a little stringy)
Bread: 4.5
Side: 1
Experience: 2

Overall: 2.33

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