Burger Boy – Raise your fork to an American classic…the diner

They’re immortalized through art, mandatory pit stops for politicians and loved by 20-something bar-goers and grandparents alike. Is there anything more welcoming, soul soothing or more classic Americana than a diner? I think not.

I know I’m always preaching to try new things…eat those thymus glands…the blood is what makes the blood sausage good! But even I have to admit that there is something so gosh darn wonderful about a place that serves up predictable and straight forward fare.

You KNOW you can get a blt, or cheese fries or a patty melt at a diner. You can get that early morning fry-up(at midnight if you like) or that late night pick-me-up(at 9am). Some sling local or regional favorites while others stick to the basics. Diners are a true American staple.

Growing up in New Jersey you can’t throw a rock without hitting an old school 24 hour diner. The northeast in general has it’s fair share of them too, but I’m finding those archaic 24 hour establishments to be fewer and farther between all across the country these days. Guy Fieri doesn’t seem to have any problem finding them, but not all of those diners, drive-ins and dives are open 24/7. I don’t blame them for closing a few hours a night. It must be a heck of a lot of work!

I think that’s what makes a place like Burger Boy so special. It’s still open after all these years. I know I’m not a Louisville native but I hear it’s been around a while. It’s changed hands and probably changed in other ways as well, but it’s still there. It’s serving ridiculously inexpensive (and good) diner food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. How can you not respect a place like that!?

I’m not really going to get deep into food descriptions on this one, although everything I’ve ever had there has been good(http://www.urbanspoon.com/u/menu/550784?p=1). It’s mainly “greasy spoon” fare in the best possible way with some great looking chalkboard specials thrown in. The patty melt is sinfully delicious. Their breakfast options are good any time of the day. Burger Boy might just be the only place I feel like I can get away with polishing off an entire order of chili cheese fries without guilt. And don’t overlook the dinners. Where else can you get a pork chop or a ribeye and two homemade sides for ten bucks?

The service is always friendly and if you have any complaint about the prices you’re crazy. You can reach into the cushions of your couch and come out with enough for a midnight snack.

In an age where foodies are everywhere and James Beard is a household name, it’s easy to overlook the unsung heroes of the restaurant biz. Diner owners, workers and cooks work long hours, sometimes for not much dough, to keep a true American legacy going.

So do your part to support the diners of America and head on over to Burger Boy. Diners…I raise my fork to you.

Burger Boy at Brook and Burnett on Urbanspoon

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