After yesterday's foray into the land of sushi (e-e-e-a-a-t the wasabi!--obscure Amazing Race joke from last Sunday night), I was hoping that the random number generator that powered the Urban Spoon Restaurant Finder would come up with some meaty goodness. Clank went the coin into the virtual hopper and the wheels came up...Rotier's. Score!
I had a little trepidation because I had heard from a few friends that the best cheeseburger in town had backslid a little bit of late. But a place that has a Galaga arcade game and serves American Cheese and Saltines as an appetizer is certainly worthy of my patronage.
I have a specific strategy for parking on Elliston Place. If I see a spot on the street within two to three blocks of where I'm headed, I pull the hell over. You can spend a lot of time driving around the Rock Block trying to avoid feeding the meter, and you'll just be fighting everyone else doing the same. I keep a roll of quarters in my glove compartment for exactly this reason.
Once in the door, I was invited to sit anywhere. Even at 11:35, there were plenty of available tables. I don't know why I wasted time checking the menu, because I knew when I got into my car that I would order a cheeseburger on French bread with a side of fries.
My order arrived within 10 minutes, just enough time to admire the dim interior of Rotier's and marvel at the most successful use of LED rope lighting as a decorating element since Rainbow Key morphed into an Office Max. The cheeseburger was speared by two toothpicks through two slices of perfectly crunchy poppy seed French bread. The patty was cooked medium for safety but managed to retain its juiciness. If you don't absolutely demand to see some pink in your patty, this is probably the best way to order your restaurant burgers.
The french fries were a little under-seasoned, but served as a good ketchup transfer mechanism from my plate to my mouth. The cheeseburger is the star anyway. All told, my tab with water and a tip was right around $10. That might seem a little steep for a burger and fries, but in a sense you're paying for the reputation of a Rotier's burger. Jimmy Buffet lists it among the top 10 cheeseburgers in the world, and he should know a thing or two about the subject.
It was a great ending to my Urban Spoon odyssey. I didn't find any place that I'd never been to before, but I did darken some doors I hadn't seen in quite awhile. I hope you've enjoyed reading about them as much as I've enjoyed eating in them.