There are so many reasons to love a big juicy burger and food straight from the fryer. They can easily be classified as a feel good food. There are few bad days in this world that can’t be fixed by a burger cooked just the way you like it, served up with a side of your favorite fried food.
1. It’s fun to dress them up. You can put almost anything you want on your burger, and dip your fries in anything from ketchup and mayonnaise, to honey or a milkshake. Speaking of sweett, you can fry those too. What goes better with a burger and fries than something sweet? Something that is both sweet and fried of course! Sounds like the perfect bad day cure to me.
Ah, yes, the hamburger bun. The soft and gentle unsung bready-hero of America's most popular menu item. Baking them is a billion-dollar industry, but they're hardly discussed when it comes to menu items these days. Heck, it's been over a century since they were invented (history has yet to determine who first put them into use) and little has changed during that time.
However, there has been one tiny addition to the bun that has been one of the greatest advancements in a long time. It’s something so small, but has had a huge impact on the hamburger bun and a few big names who sell them.
There’s no denying that french fries are awesome. But did you know they’ve been awesome for over 150 years? In fact, the first mention of “French Fried Potatoes” occurred in print as far back as 1856 in a cook book that described the recipe for the tasty dish as follows:
“Cut new potatoes in thin slices, put them in boiling fat, and add a little salt; fry both sides of a light golden brown colour; drain”
They’ve been served as street food for even longer!
Boiling Fat? Be glad you live in the year 2016.
But really, fried in boiling fat? Looks like the French did the best with what they had at the time. The dish was so popular that U.S. President Thomas Jefferson served french fries to guests at a White house dinner back in 1802. And, while we’re certain they were just as delicious back then (maybe?) our steadfast fried potatoes have come a long way since then.
The relatively “new” concept of putting a burger patty between two buns is really not a single discovery but more a culmination of discoveries and coincidences. There is no linear direction in which this concept was developed and no single theory as to who, or which group of people the acclaim for the creation of the hamburger should go. What is clear is that the name of the hamburger was certainly inspired by the town of Hamburg, Germany, or Hamburg, New York.
When you go into business – especially if you intend to operate a quick-serve-restaurant (QSR) or fast-casual establishment, one of the first decisions you’ll make as a potential business owner is whether you will go it alone or operate a franchise or some sort of licensed location. Each has its own benefits, but today we’re going to look specifically at some of the benefits that come from choosing to operate a franchise or licensed location/outlet.