Lincoln’s Best Fast Food
As part of the Journal Star’s ongoing quest to minimize content and maximize fluff, Jeff Korbelik has been giving us lists of various “Top Fives” every Friday this year. It could be a fun and interesting project, but it’s neutered by the fact that Korbelik is limited to a whopping two sentences per bullet point. At least the photo printed atop each week’s entry is huge.
Anyway, this week’s list caught my eye. Probably because I’ve been hungry lately thanks to an increase in the quantity and intensity of my workouts. Here’s his list, in order, along with my comments:
- D’Leon’s: D’Leon’s is hit and miss for me. Sometimes it’s brilliant (I generally love their chimichangas), other times it’s horrid (like the time they gave me a torta that I’m pretty sure somebody sat on). It definitely deserves to be on the list, but plenty of folks will disagree with its #1 ranking.
- Runza: Duh. It’s a Lincoln original. Runza, too, can be hit and miss, but most Lincolnites don’t seem to care. I haven’t had a Runza in ages—in part thanks to my quasi-vegetarian diet—but I still crave one now and then.
- Culver’s: I have tried Culver’s three times. Three times I’ve come away saying “Meh” while others seem to think it’s incredible. Culver’s doesn’t even make my top ten.
- King Kong: I’ve never eaten at King Kong so I can only base my opinion on what others say. They usually say one of two things: The burgers are huge! or Mmm, grease! I suppose if huge and greasy are your things, then King Kong is the place to go.
- Taco Inn: I have an irrational attraction to Taco Inn. Objectively, Taco Inn isn’t much different from Amigo’s, which I dislike. Yet I love Taco Inn. I don’t know why.
Jeff Korbelik defines fast food simply: If it has a drive-thru, it’s fast food. There’s certainly something to be said for a simple definition, however it feels odd to leave out places like Oso Burrito / Qdoba / Chipotle, Quiznos, and Mr. Goodcents. Surely they are all examples of fast food, aren’t they? The only difference between Subway and those places is a hole in the wall. That’s pretty arbitrary. Then again, I can’t come up with a counter definition that’s as simple as Korbelik’s while still including the above examples. Can you?
If I could add just one place to the list—removing Culver’s—it would be Don and Millie’s, hands down. They serve ranch dressing from a giant pump. I mean, come on people, that’s just awesome. Seriously though. They have good burgers, good salads, and it’s one of very few places in town to get a frenchee; they have shakes and margaritas; and they have televisions and a juke box. What’s not to love?