hasty tasty

so the other night, mr. happy stuff and i were out and about, running around and shopping for our christmas present to ourselves and it was dinner time. next door to the shop we stopped at was a little restaurant with a faded sign (or maybe it was just pastels and supposed to look like that?) that said, “nifty 50’s” or something like that. mr. h-s noted that the hamburger smell issuing from the place smelled pretty good, and i asked if he wanted to try it out. i love trying new restaurants–especially small, locally owned places–because while most of the time you might get some pretty mediocre food, at least you’re supporting local people and, hey! you might find a hidden treasure! so, after browsing their menu in the window and discovering that even if we gambled and lost (i.e. if the food was bad) we wouldn’t be losing that much money, we decided to give it a try. their featured sandwich was one they called a “hasty tasty” (apparently, the 50’s were all about rhyming?). you could also get a pizza tasty or a ranch tasty. i figured it was just some cutesy way of naming their burgers. i asked the guy at the register what came on a hasty tasty and he said it came with pickles, onions, ketchup and mustard and that the pizza tasty came with pizza sauce and crumbled hamburger and the ranch tasty came with ranch dressing and crumbled hamburger. “crumbled hamburger as a topping for… a hamburger? how interesting.” i thought. but i decided to the try the basic regular ol’ hasty tasty. mr. h-s splurged and got the “cheese tasty” and some fries. the fries turned out to be waffle fries and were relatively… tasty. but i was surprised to see that the burgers came with a spoon. when i unwrapped my sandwich, i realized that this was no ordinary burger. it was more like a sloppy joe without the joe. or maybe without the sloppy–i’m not really sure, but either way, the hamburger was crumbled, not in a patty. mr. h-s wasn’t so impressed with his sandwich, but i thought it was the most unique “hamburger” i’d ever had! (not the best, mind you, but the most unique!) why had no one else ever served a hamburger crumbled up instead of in a patty? it was so simple and yet a new idea for me. again, not necessarily something i’d want to buy again, but that was probably due more to the fact that it didn’t have a lot of flavor. maybe i should have gotten the ranch tasty.

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5 Responses to hasty tasty

  1. ruhama says:

    there used to be a drive-in stand in janesville that served their burgers this way. it was neat, though rather messy to be eating in your car… we mostly went to this stand for the root beer!

    yea! for exploring!

  2. Brad says:

    This post was shocking, simply shocking. Crumbled hamburgers? What will they do next, mashed bananas?

    Ohhhh… mashed bananas. I haven’t had those since I was a boy.

  3. sarah says:

    Hey! I was watching “Taste of America” yesterday and discovered this is actually really like the common burger of Iowa. The best “loose meat” burgers apparently come from “Maid Rite” which also serves the burgers with a spoon, and two pickles. A guy in my group thought it sounded much better than the normal burger and people of T of A seemed to like. To each his own.

  4. Kyle says:

    This restaurant actually used to be a Maid-Rite. Loose-meat sandwiches are pretty awesome, and this place has barely changed its formula in decades.

  5. Gumby says:

    I just ate at the “Nifty 50’s” today. The neatest part was the free juke box.. but our fries weren’t waffle fries.. just regular. I am wondering if the “hasty” was an actual serving style in the 50’s of just a local thing. BTW, the malts were awesome. Next time I will try a phosphate.

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