2684 South 3200 West
West Valley City, UT
Sometimes you have to put in a little of your own effort to make something unique to eat.
Like when you are in Utah. The Beehive State is not exactly known for culinary creativity.
About the quirkiest thing you’ll find in Utah is “fry sauce.”
Now, don’t get too excited.
Fry sauce has nothing to do with using leftover fried chicken grease in a novel way. That actually might be cool.
Nope. These Mormons, who abstain from alcohol and caffeine, like to live it up by dipping their french fries in a creamy pink sauce that suspiciously resembles Thousand Island dressing.
Hey, work with me here.
I’m trying to find something interesting to write about in Utah. Not as easy as it sounds.
So in search of this concoction called fry sauce, I ventured out to Crown Burger—a local chain popular throughout Salt Lake City with burger aficionados.
The thing to get at Crown Burger is, well, the Crown Burger—a quarter pound patty buried under a two-inch stack of thinly-sliced pastrami.
Yes. You read that right. Pastrami on a burger. Brilliant!
Of course Crown Burger didn’t actually invent the “Crown Burger.” Like a lot of good ideas (and a lot more bad ones), the idea of piling pastrami on top of a burger probably originated in Southern California.
But who cares who gets credit?
This Crown Burger was great. Sure, the pastrami, lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese completely drowned out the taste of the burger. But if there is one thing that tastes better than flame broiled ground beef, it’s got to be pastrami.
And sure, the french fries weren’t bad with a quick dip in that world famous fry sauce.
But you know what? The best use of that fry sauce was to put it on my Crown Burger. Forget the fries. I poured it all over my pastrami.
And isn’t that what makes life worth living?
As we amble through this world searching for those little things that bring new meaning to each day, sometimes we stumble upon an experience that alters our very path of life.
That’s the power of pastrami and fry sauce.
Rating: Seriously Thought About Buying Shirt.
(h/t Proud American Traveler)