New State, New City, New Burger scene. It requires becoming part of the community. It requires research. It requires listening and learning. This post is about a local St. Pete iconic restaurant, still satisfying patrons after 60+ years.
One thing I’ve always tried to do on my blog is talk about each burger in its simplest form. What do I like about the burger? How does it taste? How does it make me feel. Nothing else factors in except taste. Not history. Not environment. Just taste. Being in a new state and city allows me to not have any preconceived ideas of how much I should like a burger. What is it like now, not a year ago, not a few years ago, and in El Cap’s case, not 60 years ago.
Many reviewers say El Cap has the best burgers in the Tampa Bay metro area. If they think it is, then it is for them. For me, The Daily Double was a very good burger on this day.
I sat at the bar. I asked Larry, behind the bar, if The Daily Double, which is a half pound burger, was a double pattied burger. He said if I wanted a double pattied burger to go across the street to McDonalds. What a great response to my question. When it comes out, it’s a big looking burger. It’s wide and thick. I had asked for medium temp and it was perfect. The fresh ground, 100 % pure beef patty was juicy. Was it seasoned well? No, but I didn’t expect it to be. I asked for American cheese and it satisfied. I asked for grilled onions and it was a full slice, thick and grilled perfectly. I had them swipe a little mayo on the bottom bun with a couple full length, pickle slices. The sesame seed bun was simple and good. It fit the large patty nicely.
My expectation was that this would be a good, old school type burger and it was. Nothing fancy, just good. I enjoyed my visit.