Seriously, just: no. I could rant and rave, but I’m not even going to waste my time writing a particularly long review of this hamburger. The kitchen staff at the Thompson Diner clearly don’t respect their clientele enough to make a burger even remotely worth eating, so why should I respect them enough to put my time and energy into a full review?
The burger at the Thompson Diner is lousy. Please do not order it. I’ll quickly explain why, then seriously, I’m out.
It’s dry. Oppressively, shockingly, inedibly dry.
Was it overcooked? I mean, it was cooked all the way to well done, but it didn’t seem to be cooked too far past that. To me, well done is overcooked, so it can be tough to differentiate between the two. But I’ve certainly had well done burgers that remained juicy.
Was the beef too lean? Almost certainly.
I noted in my most recent review, of the burger at b.good, that it was one of the driest burgers that I’ve ever had. It’s as if the chef at the Thompson Diner took this as a challenge. “You think that’s dry? I’ll show you dry.”
Maybe my burger was an aberration. Maybe they’re not always this bad. I doubt it, but maybe. But there’s no excuse for a professional kitchen to put out food this bad ever. It’s inexcusable.
The taste of the patty wasn’t horrible – it wasn’t particularly beefy, but it tasted okay. But who cares? If a burger is this dry, I really don’t care what it tastes like. It’s worthless.
The bun and toppings were also fine, but again: worthless.
The fries were bad too. Frozen and mediocre, they’re a waste of your time, though at the very least they’re not a slap in the face like that hamburger.
(Image of the front of the restaurant in the header photo taken from Caroline’s Culinary Delights. I guess I was in such a rush to get out of there that I forgot to take the photo on my way out.)