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Bruce Springsteen enjoys a good hamburger

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Burgers and Bruce is a blog dedicated to America’s two favorite pastimes: hamburgers and Bruce Springsteen. So when Burgers and Bruce founder Hannah recently caught up with Springsteen, what do you think talked about?

I took this as my chance to ask him about burgers.

Me: “Bruce can I ask you a quick question?”
Bruce: “Depends how difficult it is to answer…” (He’s witty).
Me: “I just want to know where your favourite place to eat burgers is?”

He tells me it’s a tough one, and looks like he’s really thinking about it. Maybe there are too many to choose from? He ponders more and I ask him if he does actually like burgers.

Bruce: “Pfff, what do you think!”

I bloody KNEW he would. I tell him to have a think and let me know.

I was so happy. Bruce was friendly, he’d told me he loved burgers and I’d got some quick pictures. I went on my merry way, not sure I’d actually get the answer to my question, but over the moon anyway.

Hannah did, however, get another chance:

Later that evening I see him again. He points at me with a “Hey kid” and then a new name “Burger Girl” (can this be my new nickname please…)

I ask him nervously if he’d had a chance to think about his favourite burger spot yet.

He stands there. I’m sat down on a sofa looking up at him, getting redder by the second probably. He pulls up a seat and leans in….so I lean in….And then he just starts talking.

“I used to eat a lot more burgers you know, when I was younger. But my shirt, it was getting tight!” I nod enthusiastically at his joke, yes, I know how this feels.

Pressed further, Bruce finally gave her an answer:

Then Bruce tells me about the burgers he likes. He chats away, and he smiles when he talks about them. He talks slowly and passionately and is effortlessly cool. He doesn’t like anything fancy…he loves them “very very simple”.

He knows a lot about burgers. He shares some of his wisdom with me: “A burger in 1950s America. It’s nothing like what you get now. A thin little patty, squirted with ketchup, and that’s the only type of burger there was. So I still have a fondness for a good diner burger”. He likes the soda syrup mixed properly and the right style fries. Apparently “Johnny Rockets does it pretty good”.

Bruce continues, “There’s an art to it, but it’s mostly lost. There’s only a few places that sell a really good diner burger”.

A fuss free, unassuming, old style diner burger. I’d hoped that might be the answer.

I then ask him if he’s tried a Shake Shack, one of my favourite burger places. He says that he hasn’t, but that he’ll have to “check it out”. I hope he does. Sounds like he’ll like them.

We’d also recommend a trip to In-N-Out Burger for a double-double with animal fries.

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