“SHOW ME THE BEEF”
Growing up in San Francisco, there was only one of the 14,000 available restaurants that had a hamburger I would die for. “In and Out” still ranks as one of the best. After 40 years in Alaska, only one restaurant, the “White Spot”, has ever come close to that high level of quality. After 6 years in Mason, I felt like the perfect hamburger would remain only something I could relate to my grandchildren as a long lost experience.
Not long ago, however, I visited North Side Café and found my lost dream a reality. Thomas and Victoria Fikes have taken the burger to a level well deserved by all of us who really know what eating one is all about. If anyone within the reading of this article doubts what I say, I dare you to visit North Side and try their cuisine. I am so convinced they do a such a fantastic job of making their hamburger one you would also “die for”, I am willing to back it up by eating at any establishment you suggest can do better and will recant this article if one is found.
There are few things we cherish as Americans, especially as Texans – 1889 holds Athens, Texas as the birthplace of the hamburger. After 60 years, I hold our own North Side Café as the true resurrection of that event. I am interested in what your palette tells you.
John “J.C.” Copeland