Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published August 18th 2014
Something meaty between something bready
When John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich asked his valet to bring him some cold meat between two chunks of bread so he didn't get his fingers greasy while playing cribbage I'm pretty sure he had no idea what he was starting.
Lord Sandwich (1718 - 1792) (Picture in the Public Domain)
Duane Johnson's deli is not part of a chain. It was founded by the Johnson family twenty-six years ago and is now run by scion of the family, Duane. Although they are well known for their fast food, the 'Hills Burger' with 'the lot' is widely famed in the hills and wherever passing motorists live.
A Hills Burger with the Lot (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)
Still another stand-alone, although not for want of opportunity, is the American Ribs and Grill at Hillary's Boat Harbour. Obviously the name is a hint that the burgers are prepared in the American style.
Lambburger at American Ribs and Grill (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)
And, of course, they are with the buns beautifully toasted and with Jacks own, unique sauces and excellent chips.
Hog's Breath Cafe Midland Branch
Moving back to chain restaurants, the Hog's Breath Cafe is a home-grown phenomenon, the first having been opened at Airlie Beach in Queensland in 1989.
It has since moved overseas to New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore and has plans to move into the UK, Europe and North America. The main thrust of the restaurant is centred on the prime rib, but they do a very nice line in burgers - well worth sampling.
Hog's Breath Cafe Burger with cury fries (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)