Peanut Butter and Burgers, oh yes!

By on March 29, 2011
You’d think New York has seen everything by now, but there was a big brouhaha in the local blogosphere when one of the city’s best-loved burger joints, Shake Shack, introduced, for one day only, a Peanut Butter Bacon Burger.  “Now,” wrote one blogger, “when someone asks me, ‘what’s the weirdest thing you ever ate?’ that’ll definitely be in the top five.” His verdict, definitely not a rave review, was that it “wasn’t vomit-inducing like I imagined it.”
Here in Tulsa you can get that burger any day of the year at one of OUR best-loved burger joints, Fat Guy’s Burger Bar, and it’s so good it’s worth the trip. In fact you can go Shake Shack one better and order it Thai-style, which comes with grilled pineapple, cilantro, and also that world-famous invention of a penniless Vietnamese immigrant in California, Sriracha. And, if you also ask for triple meat, which I did, you get this.
It was delicious and the peanut butter was the star. Who would have thought that ordinary Peter Pan would mix with the meat and taste just like a Malayan satay sauce?
My only disappointment was the burger. On my last visit, I got the chef to cook it very rare, which required talking to the chef and manager and pleading and begging before they agreed. It was soooo good! One of the best burgers I’ve ever tasted. Read my review  to see a photo of it in all its glory.  This time I didn’t specify how I wanted it cooked, and so they did it in their regular fashion and it wasn’t nearly as good. Oh it was good, definitely not vomit-inducing, but it wasn’t fabulous… though the peanut butter did bring it close to the fabulous level.
I also got to taste one other thing you normally wouldn’t order at Fat Guy’s. The hot dog.
And that was really really good. So if you’re craving a hot dog it’s a good place to go. I’m sure they’ll put peanut butter on if you ask.
Brian Schwartz

About Brian Schwartz

Born in NYC, age 0, on my birthday. College in Oxford at age 16. Law School in New Haven, Conn. 6 years travel in Africa and Asia. Haven’t done much lately. Still, I’m the only Tulsa member of the little-known Omega Society. I speak enough Chinese to order food not on any English menu. Spanish French Italian too (not fluently but food-ently) My favorite restaurant is Jean-Georges in New York. But those NYC chefs would sell their soul to get the produce available from the farms around Inola. “A writer writes alone. His words tumble forth from a magical inner void that is mysterious even to himself, and that no one else can enter.” And yet, the most important thing to me the writer is YOU. Without you to hear them, my words are worth less than silence.