New Jersey Is Home To A Classic Old-Fashioned Burger Joint
Eat This, Not That! did a special feature last March highlighting some of the best old-fashioned burger joints across the country, and a New Jersey establishment made the list.
In order to properly set the table here, lets examine what makes up such an establishment. Typically, the restaurant has a diner-style vibe. Think mid-1900’s, with barstools that are attached to the floor. You pull up and often feel crammed inside, rubbing elbows with the person next to you. However, that’s part of the fun. The burgers are then cooked on the flattop in front of you. A chef who has operated the grill for years uses their extra large spatula to constantly flatten and flip the patty.
Quickly, you are then served. Accompanied by a soda glass, or shake, and even some fresh-cut fries, you are in lunch heaven. Furthermore, you walk with your clothing submersed in the grill smell of this legendary hometown spot. Usually, it has a hint of onion aroma to it.
In New Jersey, the old-fashioned burger joint that was featured is a prime example of the description above.
White Manna Hamburgers In Hackensack, New Jersey
Located at 358 River Street, White Manna Hamburgers was ranked as the third best burger joint in Ameica. This establishment has been in place since 1946. It has the classic greasy spoon diner look with a 1950’s looking red sign. Inside, you see and hear burgers being grilled at all times.
“These mouth-watering burgers are made using perfectly seasoned ground patties, pillowy-soft buns, and optional grilled onions,” Eat This, Not That! said. Joining these sliders on the menu is a steak sandwich that simply swaps the burger patty for sliced steak. Classic crinkle-cut fries and a cup of pickles are highly recommended at just $3.50. If you are eating in-house at this infamous New Jersey old-school burger joint, your order will be served on a paper plate. You then squeeze on your own ketchup or mustard and enjoy the food and company.