On this day, it is customary to feel patriotic. After all, it is the day that our forefathers flipped the bird across the pond and said “We’re doing things our way from now on.” While we can’t exactly be patriotic in the same way anymore, there are still things we can do, as real Americans, to carry on the American dream. One (and probably the best) of these things is that we can sit in a former president’s hunting shack and eat huge burgers. That’s where Grover’s comes in.
Grover’s was supposedly once Grover Cleveland’s hunting shack (which is actually plausible because the guy was once the mayor of Buffalo). It’s over in East Amherst and looks a lot more like a dive bar now than a hunting shack. And the burgers at Grover’s are all-American. Some display excess, some display freedom and some both. Like when I showed up and found out that the burger of the week did not have grilled cheese buns, they actually made one for me anyway. Typically, it only comes with cheese, but I asked for it with bacon. Plus, it had all sorts of other vegetable toppings that come on every burger and I ordered without. I also asked for medium-rare.
What arrived was certainly a beautiful thing that exemplified America. Well, everything except for the pickle that I had not been warned of. With that, I went to work on what would come to be the best burger of this type I have ever had. What truly made this special was that the burger on its own and the grilled cheeses on their own would have been delicious, but when joined together they were even better. No sauce was necessary because the burger was nice and juicy, however, it could have been a bit more on the rare side.
So, as we celebrate our nation’s birthday, we should remember that without such a great country, there would not be such great foods as a burger with two grilled cheeses for buns. That’s not the kind of world I’d want to live in.