Editor's note: Burgermeisters! Here's another excerpt from George Motz's book Hamburger America. George and his publisher were kind enough to allow us to run them here, along with George's beautiful photos. Eat up!
"Goop is essentially mayo, mustard, pickle relish with a secret salad dressing mixed in," longtime owner Chuck Fritsch told me. "What's the saying? 'If I told you I'd have to kill you'?" he said with a laugh. "It's really not a big secret," he admitted, "But if you are not making it in huge batches it doesn't taste the same." I can see why someone might want to copy the recipe—the taste is addictive. Besides adorning the Big Tom special double-double, Goop is also offered as a dip for the tater tots and fries. What could be more appealing or more American than "tots 'n Goop?"
Chuck, closing in on 50 years at Big Tom, plans eventually to turn the business over to one of his sons, one that literally grew up in the stand. Chuck pointed to a small space between the employee bathroom and slop sink. "We had the crib right there."
Hamburger America is available at Amazon and comes with a DVD of George's movie of the same title.
Eastside Big Tom
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