Longtime readers may remember George Motz and his 2005 documentary, “Hamburger America,” where he searched for the eight best hamburger joints in the United States.
Motz now has a book by the same title, except he’s expanded his “best-of” list to 100 restaurants.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Bobcat Bite and its signature green-chile cheeseburger in Santa Fe, N.M., made the cut. The Bobcat, on an old alignment of Route 66, was also featured in the original film.
Motz confirmed to me in an e-mail that several other Route 66 restaurants made it into the top 100. They are:
- Sid’s Diner in El Reno, Okla.
- Robert’s Grill in El Reno, Okla.
- Johnnie’s Grill in El Reno, Okla.
- In-N-Out Burger in several Route 66 locations in the Los Angeles region
- Irv’s Burgers in West Hollywood, Calif.
In case you’re wondering about all of the El Reno restaurants, it’s because that city is the virtual home of the onion burger. All of those eateries excel at that delectible dish.
In case your favorite Mother Road burger place was left off, Motz says he’s planning to add another 50 restaurants in a future edition of the book, slated for 2010.
You can follow Motz’s culinary adventures at his blog.