I've now been to the particular location of Doug's Day Diner 3 times (twice for lunch and once for breakfast). Come to Doug's with a huge appetite, split something with someone or prepare to take a bunch home because the portions are huge. Which is one reason that $10-$11 for a burger makes sense. Today we had lunch and I split a Frontier burger (think BBQ bacon cheeseburger) and a side of fries with my husband. The bun (something they call a demi-loaf) is delightful, the burger had a nice "grill" flavor, it was cooked "medium" just like we asked (and apparently that is a challenge at some restaurants, so kudos for knowing how to cook), the BBQ sauce was tasty (and there was just the right amount), the bacon was crisp, and the cheddar was sharp (and there was enough on the burger to actually taste it - what's with using those super thin cheese slices Stuft?). There were caramelized onions too, but they may have gotten a bit lost with the other stuff. So it was a great burger overall - best I've had in a long while. But even better were the fries - they start with a fresh potato - those fries had never seen a freezer, and it showed in the taste. Plus they left the skin on the potato and I really like that. I have a couple of small quibbles. First, the stuff that they call "red chili" - hmmm, I'm not sure what it is, but it didn't track with my vision of red chili. I tried it in a previous visit and I didn't really care for it. My vision is thick with beans and meat. This was more like a sauce. So stick with the green chili, or ask for some of both on the side and decide for yourself. Also, I'd like a few more options for lunch - how about a turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce? Final tip - if you go there for breakfast, get there early because the place fills up quick.
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