How about crinolines? And just who thought this would be a good look anyway?
Did you wear white tennis shoes with your bobby sox? And did you roll the tops? And did you wear your cardigan sweater backward?
Did you have a hula hoop? And was it made by Wham-O?
Did you run home from school to watch American Bandstand and see Bob and Justine, Kenny and Arlene, and Ed and Bunny? And how often have you repeated: "It's got a good beat and you can dance to it."?
Do you still have your collection of 45’s and does it contain such classics as "Purple People Eater" (Sheb Wooley), "Hot Rod Lincoln" (Johnny Bond), "Eddie My Love" (The Teen Queens), and "Sh-Boom, Life Could Be a Dream" (The Crew Cuts).
Do you regret the day that you sold your ’57 Chevy, Model 150 to your younger brother for beer money?
There is a small soda fountain off to one side,
“A menu is a restaurant's manifesto, and Little Anthony's Diner's manifesto offers a bit of flair. The BLT is called a ‘Pig in a Garden;’ the club sandwich is known as the ‘Chubby Checker Triple Decker;’ and all of the healthy items are clustered under the hilarious heading ‘Things Elvis Wouldn't Eat.’ Burgers? Oh, they've got burgers, and they come served in a plastic basket lined in paper, just like a diner burger should. Our only caution at this wonderful little throwback to the 1950s is to save room for dessert…" (tucsonweekly.com).
But we both stuck with the ’50-themed burgers. For Chuck, it was the La Bamba Burger. (“’La Bamba’ is a Mexican folk song, originally from the state of Veracruz, best known from a 1958 adaptation by Ritchie Valens, a top 40 hit in the U.S. charts and one of early rock and roll's best-known songs. Valens' version of ‘La Bamba’ is ranked number 354 on Rolling Stone magazine′s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and is the only song on the list sung in a language other than English” [wikipedia.org]). His burger—served on a toasted bun—contained green chile, jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion and came with a small cup of salsa.
Before our food arrived, I figured that Little Anthony’s would be mostly shtick and little substance. I was wrong. Both of our burgers were beautifully medium with a slight pink center and were juicy with good beef flavor. And the condiments on each complimented the beef rather than overwhelming it. The fries that came with each order were very good—somewhere between shoestring and regular-sized.
We kept asking ourselves “How haven’t we found this place before?” Good food, and I can sing along—sometimes too loudly—to my favorite ‘50’s hits. A 4.0 Addie place for a good time.
And, as we left the parking lot (with its 1960 Cadillac Fleetwood), we could hear a small voice singing Jan and Dean’s 1963 classic--
“…we're goin' to Surf City, 'cause it's two to one
You know we're goin' to Surf City, gonna have some fun
Ya, we're goin' to Surf City, 'cause it's two to one
You know we're goin' to Surf City, gonna have some fun, now
Two girls for every boy”
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.