"If you love burgers, it’s probably because of Mama Burger or a place just like it. Before fast-food joints corrupted the process, this was how we got our burger fix: someone in an apron tossing a ball of fresh meat onto the flattop. There’s still magic in the simplicity of it. Burgers are made with pure Angus chuck and pressed once with a steak weight as they sizzle on the griddle. The process creates a tin rough-hewn patty boasting a delicate crispness around the edges but sacrificing nothing in the juicy department. Swabbed with house-made Thousand Island and stacked with fresh produce, these sender beauties are the Flagstaff version of In-N-Out. Of course, I opt for mustard instead of the sauce. Salad dressing and burgers don’t mix as far as I’m concerned.
The sinfully addictive fresh-cut fries are among the best in the state, radiant with zesty spud flavor. They start the morning as potatoes and are hand cut and cooked in zero-trans-fat oil, seasoned, and served piping hot. You can even have the served atop your burger. If all mamas tried that, nobody would ever leave home."
991 N. Fort Valley Road, (928) 226-0616 www.themamaburger.com
Source: Roger Naylor "Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook For Hungry Hikers"