Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Under New Ownership
Everything looked the same. You still expect Tod Stiles (Martin Milner) and Buz Murdock (George Maharis) to pull up in front in their classic Corvette convertible.
“Bing’s is located in an early 1940’s service station. Originally the service station began its life as an Atlantic Richfield station…. The building is all metal, but has been updated with a stucco exterior.
The original bay doors have long since been removed, but when looking at the front of the building you will notice the two sets of
Now when you look at the massive array of food we ordered, do understand that we arrived at about 3:00 p.m., and that this would be our only post-breakfast meal of the day.
For me it was the single cheeseburger to which I added bacon and a “garden” of lettuce, tomato, and onion. This remains a great old-fashioned hamburger made from 100% pure ground chuck that is never frozen, and the patties are hand-formed daily.
Cooked on a flattop, mine (and Chuck’s) developed that wonderful crust that conveys an intense beefy flavor. And while I forgot to specify a degree of doneness, the burger was very juicy—even at medium well. And for additional burger perfection, they come on a toasted bun.
As did the previous owner, the Orths cook their French fries in rice oil. I love shoestring fries and these were virtually oil free and nicely crisp.
The only downside to the meal was our shared order of onion rings. And I think this is mainly due to personal preference. We like our rings thinly sliced and lightly beer battered. To us, the onion rings in Southern Louisiana are perfect—especially those served at 2Paul’s in Lafayette. These rings, like most of the rings we have encountered since leaving Louisiana, were thick-cut and thickly-coated. For the style, they were well-prepared. They just weren’t the style we like.
I am torn about the rating. Do I deduct for the onion rings? Or do I assume that others would really like them? So I’ll hedge. I’ll deduct 0.5 Addies and award Bing’s Burger Station 4.5 Addies.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.