Monday, May 29, 2006

Pepper Pod

Review 18 @ Stop 29
Pepper Pod
703 Monmouth St (Newport)

During their quest for burger nirvana, Bucky and Freddie they had yet to visit one important tradition – the family-owned diner; so it was off to the Pepper Pod.

Located in Newport since 1970, this 24-hour restaurant (closed only on a few holidays), is still owned and operated by the same family. 2006 is also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Pepper Pod in Cincinnati.

With a centralized counter with stools, booths with jukebox selections around the perimeter, and many old photos decorating the walls, the Pepper Pod offers a large menu with reasonably-priced goodies – even several different burgers.

The Homemade Hamburger is a 6 oz. patty ($3.75); plus customers may add two sides for an additional $2. The friendly server with a good sense of humor didn’t asked the duo how it was to be cooked, meaning it comes one way.

The grilled, medium-sized patty was well done, thus it was on the dry side. Freddie (in the spirit of Wolfy who was unavailable on that day) detected hints of gristle embedded with the handmade, but seasonings-less patty.

This burger was served on a regular bun with onions, tomato, lettuce, mayo, and accompanied with sliced pickles on the side. For those desiring these deluxe trimmings, this sounds great. On the other hand, the trimmings dominated the taste of the sandwich and everyone knows that Bucky doesn’t like eating a garden on a bun.

The guys enjoyed their visit to this long-standing establishment. Although the burger wasn’t a big hit with Freddie, he wants to return for an eggs and goetta breakfast.

Score: 3.0
Rating: Average

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