I knew where this place was as I have passed it from time to time. I had assumed from the title that it was like a private label Mickey D. Even after reading other reviews on this very site I was of the impression that it was a regular sit down restaurant. It isn't! This is what I called it in the headline 'A Local Secret'. Its a stand which appears to be attached to a residential building. It has a parking lot and the small green area around the parking lot has picnic tables. In current vernacular you might call it a food truck without the truck.
Hopefully nothing I have said so far is being taken negatively as the food out of this SHACK is a cut above what a lot better appearing places offer. At first the prices might seem a bit high but once you see the generous size of the products and the high quality the price is much more in line. The menu sports ten burgers available in 4 oz and 8 oz sizes validating the business name. They also have 8 versions quarter lb all beef hot dogs.(hot dogs in Paradise?). 18 deli sandwiches, 7 wraps, 17 subs including 3 different italian, wings, soups, sides. I have to stop here and expound a little. They make all of their sides from scratch. Thats correct they don't dole out a scoop of generic cole slaw from a bigger container…they make their own. Onion rings too. Their beer battered rings are the sole reason some people come there. I feel like one of those 'as seen on TV' commercials as I say but wait there's more. This place is the go to place on a hot summer night for all of your ice cream, milk shakes, soda's, sno cone's etc. and theirs are better than the other places.
Okay, with all of the choices what did I get and how was it. I am a huge fan of italian style cold cuts but to buy each of the different meats on one of these sandwiches individually and making it at home is just not cost effective. I learned from the lady at the counter the Spicy Italian was the generic version, The Godfather was made with premium cuts and The Sicilian was no longer available. The Godfather it was and I had to try the onion rings also. While waiting I got a sample taste of their home made crab soup which was a fabulous version of the dish but on this visit I already had too much food to be adding more. I learned all of their soups are home made which is good news for me, a soup lover. I now have a quickie place where I can pick up some hot soup in a hurry. The sub was everything I expected. My onion rings were okay but those are one of those things like fried chicken, baby back ribs, and pizza that I have a very high standard on. These rings were made with a beer pancake batter which I have found from trial and error almost always results in the batter separating from the onion resulting in eating the onion and the batter separately. Also, the oil has to be the exact right temperature or the batter will absorb the oil like a sponge and your rings will be very greasy. In this case mine were over cooked to the point where one or two of them had a burnt taste. They were a little greasy but not overly so. This being the only time I've ever had them I cannot say if this is the way they always come or if it was a bad luck day.
Okay so this isn't the type of place I'd expect to be reviewed on a travel site but why not? I hate when I'm traveling and constantly being pointed to over priced tourist traps. I'd much rather eat where the locals do. I know of another place like this that I am now going to do a review on but it will have to wait until i can get there again as I like for all of my reviews to be based on a current visit and not a fond memory.
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