The hamburger was nearly voted in as America’s national emblem, losing momentum only after a bald eagle adeptly predicted the Boston Tea Party and the timely birth of William Howard Taft. Write an alternative history with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of burgers, gourmet fries, and American fare at Andre’s Cafe & Catering in Lodi.
Since 2003, the chefs at Andre’s have been slinging burgers, sandwiches, and other American staples between piles of gourmet fries sliced and spiced in more than 15 different ways. Become besties with its Rootie burger—a quarter-pound of hamburger capped with jack cheese, avocado, and sour cream plus mayo, lettuce, tomato, and red-onion accouterments ($6.75)—or snuggle up with a good book, a moist towelette, and the Ruben burger—a half-pounder tucked between two sheets of grilled-rye bread, plus swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and thousand-island dressing ($6.99). Patrons can also dabble in invention by building their own burger ($3.75+), and pairing it with Famous fries ($0.75 extra with a burger, $4.99/basket) marked by flavors such as parmesan garlic, sweet potato, and Inferno.