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The second was Dyers of Memphis, TN, which would be a great get-away weekend after vis- iting Elvis’ Graceland. Dyers is famous for its deep-fried hamburgers. Hamburgers are pre- pared by smashing the ground beef paper-thin on a marble counter top and then dropped into grease maintained from its original 1912 mol- ecules which Dyers maintains is the secret for those great tasting burgers! When the patty floats to the top, it’s done! This hamburger bio didn’t mention whether or not Elvis ever visit- ed there, but I bet he did. Third location was Billy Goat Tavern & Grill in Chicago, IL., operated by Sam Sianis (and his sons). Just seeing and hearing Sam shout: “Cheezborger! Cheezborger! Cheezborger!” Be ready; be very ready to embark on a jour- ney of one man’s cross-country mission to discover the best burger joints in the nation. Author George Motz was definitely ready for the challenge when he began his state-by-state excursion to document heart-warming stories of the many Mom & Pop hamburger counters across America! George Motz’s book, Hamburger America, has an eye-catching cover designed after a super-hero comic book with a classic paneled 1950 woody station-wagon. A DVD ham- burger documentary is available in the back of the book (unless you purchase Kindle version). The documentary highlights eight hamburger establishments and was first aired on the Sundance channel in 2005. It went on to win 3 Emmys, 12 Broadcast De- sign Awards, 1 Telly Award, and was nom- inated for a James Beard Award. The film has even become required viewing in a food course at Princeton University. The three burger joints that really caught my attention were: Of course, the first was my favorite of favor- ites being my nephew and his wife, the Crabill namesake, 3rd generation, Marsha Crabill Hiltibran with Crabill’s Hamburger Shoppe, Urbana, OH. Andy and Marsha share their time flipping those sought-after burgers! Goes back almost 90 years! Alongside those memori- al years of hamburgers, many marriage propos- als were made here. HAMBURGER AMERICA A Book Review by CAROLYN HAYES Review Book 8 | Summer 2017 ON A MISSION