If you ever wondered what a burger at the original MacDonald's in San Bernadino, California tasted like in 1948 you will not find the answer under golden arches, not these days. But at a timeless little drive in located in Massapequa, NY that has been cranking out burgers for over 40 years you just might find a taste of yesterday.
Order an All American cheeseburger and you get a sandwich that will look familiar to anyone who has had the McDonald's cheeseburger - diced onion, pickles, ketchup, cheese, a small patty on a simple white bun. The difference is that at All American the food tastes fresh, unlike the frozen plastic that the chains sell. The beef, despite the small patty has a robust and hearty flavor. The cheese covers the burger meat and adheres it to to the bun, lovingly snuggling the tart pickles and sweet onions. The bun itself is light and spongy with a golden hue. Biting in to one of these burgers evokes feelings of a different age, of drive ins and convertibles, before the mass marketing of food, before frozen burgers. These burgers are American classics. They rank in my top five favorite burgers.
Despite the mass of people the line moves at a rapid rate, this is fast food that is made with care and it shows.
All American Hamburger Drive In
4286 Merrick Road
Massapequa, NY 11758