X with some X on the side and some X poured on top

Today’s Zippy, on the theme (more or less) of single-mindedness:


The food is standard diner fare: meat loaf, grilled cheese sandwiches. And the diner is the South Street Diner in Boston, which touts its reputation.

From the diner’s site:


South Street Diner (formerly the Blue Diner) was built in 1947 by the Worcester Dining Company to serve local factory workers. Over the years, the Diner has become a local landmark, a constant in Boston’s after-hours scene and a final evening destination for local residents, students and visitors. When the clubs close, the Diner is the place to grab something to eat, hang out with friends, celebrity watch, and keep the party going. No visit to Boston is complete without a stop to the South Street Diner.

… South Street Diner is currently owned and operated by local restraunteur Sol Sidell. Sol grew up in the restaurant business and always dreamed of owning a place where people could have fun, get great food at reasonable prices, and feel like a regular the first time they walk through the door. He brings his passion for creating great dishes and making people happy to everything he does at South Street.

Today, South Street Diner is Boston’s only all-night dining destination seven-nights-a-week. While the neighborhood around South Street Diner has evolved from factories producing shoes and hand bags [in the so-called Leather District], to an artist community, student mecca, and part of the city-wide Big Dig construction site, one thing has remained unchanged — South Street Diner is Boston’s true diner, and the heart of Boston’s late night scene.

A map showing the Leather District:


There’s a huge menu; here’s the burger section:


In this context, plain burger means ‘beef patty’. The garden burger is of course vegetarian. I don’t know how a crabmeat burger is distinct from a crabcake, but I don’t really care; I’m fond of crabcakes.

Note that a hot dog is a possible topping for a burger. It turns out that lots of fast food places offer hamburgers with a grilled butterflied hot dog on top: a one-stop cookout.

And then there are novelties, like the turtle burgers described by columnist Anne Freeze in the 8/18/10 issue of The Dispatch (Columbus, Starkville & The Golden Triangle of Mississippi):


These novelty turtle burgers are made by forming a burger patty in the shape of a turtle, covering with cheese, adding bacon to the top and using hot dogs for the head, feet and tail.

But now we’ve strayed far from South and Kneeland in Boston. And from a grilled cheese sandwich with a side of grilled cheese sticks and melted cheese to pour over everything — except that I’d do it all in real cheeses instead of Velveeta.

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