Good Burger is best known as a 1997 comedy staring the duo of Kenan and Kel. The film grew out of a recurring sketch on Nickelodeon’s hit show All That. The critically acclaimed smash hit is one of the premier burger themed films of all time, standing in a class with Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
Goodburger is also the name of a small chain of fast food restaurants with five locations scattered throughout Manhattan. I had a job interview across the street from City Hall and after doing my best to woo my potential employer, I decided to check out the Goodburger at Maiden Lane on the corner of Pearl Street.
When I walked in I thought the place looked pretty cool. There were four flat screen TVs showing 24 hour news networks and last night’s Rangers game. Lots of Wall Street types had popped in for a quick lunch. The prices weren’t cheap. My burger, fries and drink combo cost over $11 after taxes. The menu was fairly impressive, with a nice selection of toppings and non-beef alternatives. I ordered a hamburger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, mustard, mayo and ketchup.
When they called my number, I was immediately disappointed by the size of my burger and the fries. The bun looked cheap, the patty was small and the fries were that thin, crispy fast food style that I don’t like. I didn’t want to judge a book by it’s cover so I dove in. I ordered my burger cooked medium, and unlike many fast food places they didn’t over cook it. It had a taste that was a cross between Burger King and those cheap frozen burgers you get at the supermarket for BBQ’s. The fries were just as disappointing. Heavy on the grease and salt, low on potato and taste.
Awful value and mediocre food. Not a good combination. Yet another burger chain that fails to live up to the standard set by 5 Guys. At least the movie didn’t suck.