The “Terrible Garbage Burger”:
A while back I visited a good friend and former college roommate, who (for reasons unbeknownst to me) had decided, upon returning from a year in Sydney, Australia, to take up residence in Destin, Florida. A somewhat sleepy touristy town in the panhandle of Florida. There were two food highlights of this trip for me. First, I FINALLY got to eat at a Sonic after 29 years of an extended cat-and-mouse game between us. Below is photographic evidence that I finally conquered my Sonic demons:
Second, I got to taste a â€œGarbage Burgerâ€ from McGuireâ€™s Irish Pub.Â After an afternoon of drinking beers and reminiscing about college, we realized about 10 pm that we were hammered. Funny how that happens when you drink for 6 hours straight without eating dinner. So we hailed a cab to McGuireâ€™s for some much needed grub.Â First, we saddled up to the bar to order a famous â€œIrish Wake.â€
McGuireâ€™s burger menu features a 5X5 grid of boxes displaying 25 different options for how to order your burger. These options ranged from variations you may have seen before, like a pizza burger, to the addition of various cheeses, assorted veggies and chili, to the more unusual (peanut butter on your burger anyone?) However, being the adventurous eater that I am, my eyes immediately darted to a listing underneath the grid:
The moment I read â€œSome of Everythingâ€ and â€œItâ€™s Absolutely Disgustingâ€ I knew the challenge was on. Bring it McGuireâ€™s, Iâ€™ll take on the best/worst you can throw at me.Â Sure enough, the burger arrived and it was piled high with sloppiness. Mushrooms, peppers, chili, cheese, I canâ€™t even begin to name all the ingredients, if they had it in their kitchen, it was on the burger.Â I immediately started devouring the burger. Much to my surprise, the most enjoyable part for me was the peanut butter. I was so surprised by how much I liked this that upon returning home I grilled up some burgers at home and slathered the buns with peanut butter. Yum.
Not sure when this was filmed or if the components of the Garbage Burger changed at any point, but mine most definitely did NOT feature the ice cream sundae component. Odd. Maybe that’s a recent addition? Or maybe that topping isn’t used at the Destin location, but just in Pensacola?