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[Comments] (5) California Burger: We spent most of the day in Astoria looking at apartments. We ate dinner at a diner which had on its menu a "California Burger". Now, in California a "California X" has avocado on it. But there was to be no avocado on this California Burger. So what made it Californian? Two things I could see:

So clearly we have a thing like the British use of "salad" going on here. This diner's version of "California Burger" is more accurate, but less delicious than California's. Hamburgers in California don't have avocado on them by default, but they do have lettuce and tomato and onions by default. Not at this diner. This only confirms my suspicions that fresh vegetables are as rare spices here in the Northeast.

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Posted by Nick Moffitt at Sun Jan 15 2006 19:23

I recall, in Chicago, being dismayed at the chicken sandwich I ordered having no avocado (and thus being dry and tasting of nothing so much as *shudder* chicken...). Everyone looked at me like I had a bird on my head, wondering who on Earth would put avocado on a chicken sandwich.

So to me, avocado is a default sandwich ingredient no matter what.

Posted by mikpop at Sun Jan 15 2006 21:56

just wait until you see what you have to pay for basil :)

Your burger didn't come with onion rings, so was more Califorian by way of being "healthier"

Posted by Susie at Mon Jan 16 2006 00:03

John and I went to a Vietnamese sandwich place near UCI and I had an avacado sandwich... I never thought there could be too much avacado on a sandwich. We ended up putting half on the chicken sandwich and half of the chicken on the avacado sandwich. much better.

Posted by Moss Collum at Mon Jan 16 2006 15:35

I can't resist delurking to say: In France, an "X American" is an X sandwich with french fries on it. As a topping, mind you, not a side dish.

Posted by Kristofer Straub at Mon Jan 16 2006 17:24

I knew it! You regret it already!!


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