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#1 picnicchef

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 01:50 PM

So, on Monday I was doing my civic duty at the Courthouse in Hackensack and took my lunch break at White Manna. I had never been, and considering just how boring jury duty can be, expected it to be the highlight of my day. Not so much. I don't get the appeal...is it me? I like a good burger as much as the next gal (or guy) but these little sliders did nothing for me. I must mention I am in no way a burger snob; I certainly do not care about the mix of meat, who ground it, I just want a good burger. This was not. I walked away feeling like if enough people say its a good burger, the masses will concur. Thoughts please...



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:02 PM

I agree with you 100%.

 

I do not understand the appeal.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:58 PM

Not a bad burger, and the off-hours crowd is a delight. Like walking into a Damon Runyon novel. 

 

I wouldn't make much of a detour to go there, but if I'm in the area, I'll stop.


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Posted 23 October 2013 - 04:46 PM

It's a good greasy slider IMO.  A NJ icon.  I mayn't travel from far, but certainly would from near.  :)

 

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 05:07 PM

I agree with Nick...it's not as much as "good burger" as much as it's a "good, greasy slider" so to speak. It's also about the "joint" and the experience, which has nothing to do with the actual burger. I wouldn't stack up their burger against Bergen's finest -- but for a greasy spoon, slider type burger -- the place is considered a "classic" joint. More akin to White Castle, but that is very serious grease, fast food, etc. LOL.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 05:18 PM

You must have ordered wrong!


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Posted 23 October 2013 - 05:34 PM

I just had a flashback of my sister-in-law's face when we took her to a Waffle House.
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Posted 23 October 2013 - 05:39 PM

I just had a flashback of my sister-in-law's face when we took her to a Waffle House.

 

Was it a wedding?


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Posted 23 October 2013 - 05:44 PM

And you just happened to have this link handy. Lex you scare me.
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#10 Lex

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 05:51 PM

While I would like to take the credit for that, those pictures went viral in 2008.  Someone posted them here about a week after they first showed up on the Internet.  Once you see them you can't hear the name "waffle house" without thinking of them. 


"I don't understand what's wrong with thinking of correlation as a pricing convention the way one thinks of Black-Scholes vol. I mean, vol curves aren't "real" anyway, but nobody uses local vol models to price vanilla options." - Taion
 
"But this is blatant ultracrepidarianism on my part." - Taion

I have a dream of a multiplicity of pastramis.

"once the penis came out, there was discussions as to why we didn't order the testicles" - Daniel describing a meal in China

#11 picnicchef

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 12:05 PM

Got it! I need to go after work, not at lunchtime. I will give it another try with a different thought process. Thanks!



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 08:37 PM

So, on Monday I was doing my civic duty at the Courthouse in Hackensack and took my lunch break at White Manna. I had never been, and considering just how boring jury duty can be, expected it to be the highlight of my day. Not so much. I don't get the appeal...is it me? I like a good burger as much as the next gal (or guy) but these little sliders did nothing for me. I must mention I am in no way a burger snob; I certainly do not care about the mix of meat, who ground it, I just want a good burger. This was not. I walked away feeling like if enough people say its a good burger, the masses will concur. Thoughts please...

 

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 07:35 AM

Wake up late after a very active night and those burgers will cure a hangover...


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#14 Daniel

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 05:33 PM

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It's probably been a couple of years.. These burgers are fantastic.. I had front seat and was able to watch how they are made.. It's a griddle that is really not that hot.. Firstly, there is no heat coming off it, secondly, the burgers cook for a while with tons of onions and nothing gets charred.. I am guessing the heat of the grill is around 280-300 degrees..  A ball of meat, small, perhaps 3 ounces is plopped down.. Then super thin onions are placed on top and it is smooshed down.. The burgers cook, roughly 3 minutes on the one side, then flipped and 3 minutes on the other side, onion side down.. While that is happening, cheese is placed on top of the burgers.. Then, entire buns are placed on top of the cheese, that's on top of the burger, thats on top of the onions.. Now the buns are steaming.  Eventually, about  maybe another 1.5 minutes, the burgers are lifted off the grill, the buns are separated and the patties are placed inside the buns..

 

here you can see the buns resting on the burgers getting a steam on the far right., burgers getting cheese after being flipped in the middle and on the far right, newly placed burgers topped with onions getting the first side cooked.. 

 

 

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It gives more of a steamed burger flavor and the buns are perfectly warm and soft..   The buns are martin potato roll 12 pack..  

 

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there is an intense onion flavor, the pickles are really light and I add mustard.. They were super delicious.. Better than I remembered..  


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#15 Lex

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 05:56 PM

That's the White Castle cooking method as well.

 

I've never had a White Manna burger.  It would be fun to compare.


"I don't understand what's wrong with thinking of correlation as a pricing convention the way one thinks of Black-Scholes vol. I mean, vol curves aren't "real" anyway, but nobody uses local vol models to price vanilla options." - Taion
 
"But this is blatant ultracrepidarianism on my part." - Taion

I have a dream of a multiplicity of pastramis.

"once the penis came out, there was discussions as to why we didn't order the testicles" - Daniel describing a meal in China