It was greasy. It was big. It had cheese.
The Cheesequake Burger was basically the perfect lunch.
Scott Oberstaller, a designer on our sports desk, once told me that the Earthquake Burger (and its American cheese-topped cousin, the Cheesequake) was larger than my head. That's a big statement. I have a size 8 hatband, meaning Barry Bonds looks like a pinhead compared to me.
But bigger than my head the burger was not. Tasty it was. If you're expecting restaurant-style lean ground sirloin, you'll be upset. But if you know that thin, fatty meat favored by a lot of fair vendors, then realize it's on par with that. It's also no frills: the bun, the patty and some onions. Condiments are on a cart next to the red, white and blue stand.
But it's its size that makes the Cheesequake ($9.95) stick out. It's the size of a small plate. And it made me want to stretch out on one of the brown picnic tables next to the stand for a nap.
Diner note: This is a live report from the Puyallup Fair. TNT Reporters Scott Fontaine and Brian Everstine eat their way around the fair today.