Astronaut cooks have made numerous attempts to wrangle hamburgers into space-ready meals, from dehydrated-pickle disks to vacuum-sealed burger bottles. Enjoy what our starry-eyed brethren never can with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of burgers and more at Redamak’s Tavern in New Buffalo.
The burger buffs at Redamak's combine old-timey, 1940s recipes with fresh, flavorful ingredients to create handheld feasts worth talking about. The all-American menu features a range of classic sandwiches, with the eatery's famous pan-fried burgers available as singles ($4.75), doubles ($5.75), or triples ($6.50). Patties are smothered with ketchup, mustard, raw onion, and dill pickles, and Velveeta or swiss cheese ($0.25 a slice) can be melted atop beef disks so long as patrons bring their own fire-breathing dragon. Beanless chili ($1.25), sliced green olives ($1), mushrooms ($1.25), and more are also available for disk adornment. Hearty sides keep plates from blowing away during burger bites and include everything from classic cheese fries ($2.75) to deep-fried ravioli served with marinara sauce ($6.50).
After gaining beef-based energy, diners are encouraged to explore the game room or peruse the novelty shop. To preserve the 1940s atmosphere, Redamak’s remains a credit card–free establishment, accepting payment only in cash or barrels of golden potatoes.