Gourmet Magazine

Alison Cook, "Let the Games Begin," Gourmet Magazine, January 2002.

Better to head for Hires Big H drive-in downtown, where actual carhops will take your order once you turn on your headlights. The Big H Burgers are fresh-ground, the buns the real item, the onion rings (served with another local wrinkle: “fry sauce,” an amalgam of mayonnaise, ketchup, and who-knows-what secret ingredients) a credit to the genre. Go native by ordering a Salt Lake favorite, the pastrami burger, an outrageous concept in which layers of cured meat add a salty, peppery je ne sais quoi to your basic hamburger patty. Finish with that classic Mormon cocktail, the frosty root beer float. Who cares if it’s winter? Utahns’ love affair with ice cream thrives year-round.

Alison Cook, "Let the Games Begin," Gourmet Magazine, January 2002.


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