79. The Pocket at the Pocket Burger
Pocket, pocket, pocket!
Photo by Moss Perricone
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It's a burger's responsibility to hold itself together, not mine. That being said, an important exception for the Pocket at the Pocket Burger Shack in Sunset Beach, because any joint that sticks a fried egg in their namesake burger deserves our respect. It's as if they're saying, "A burger is incomplete without an egg," and I commend them on such a bold, delicious statement. You will too when you hit that firm, yellow center.
Their patty is standard--really, just a vehicle for the stranger flavors that is the infamous Pocket Sauce. That dark mystery sauce, that exotic sweetness infusing itself into fat wedges of avocado that some swear is sweetened teriyaki--but that doesn't account for the depth of flavor, which I say recalls unagi sauce.
And here's where you make the mess that makes this burger work in your favor. Irrigate the drip so that it spills down onto your fries rather than your forearms and, in the immortal words of Carl Weathers, "Baby you've got a stew going."
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