As many of you know, my husband is fondly called the Burger Miester. The man could eat a burger 2 times a day and be happy, as long as it’s a “good” burger.
According to the Burgermsn, it’s not about the toppings, it’s about the meat and bun. You have to have a good base or it’s like putting lipstick on a cow.
That being said, we recently found a surprising little hole in the wall restaurant that has burgers he not only approves of, but has asked for by name. By name, I mean he asks “What’s the name of the place with the great burgers? You know, the place in the middle of nowhere.”
That ‘place’ happens to be called Fran’s Place. It’s a little hole in the wall (next to my favorite shoe repairman) at 6320 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85205. It’s small, quaint and had has home cooking! They’re opened minimal hours (often closing around 1pm or 2pm) with seasonally changing hours, so make sure you call to make sure they’re open before heading in that direction.
Their burgers are fairly inexpensive, hand formed patties, served on a “soft white sticky bun” (the phrase my husband uses to describe the preferred burger bun). Standard side is potato chips but you can get fries for a little extra.
If you’re not up for a burger, they have plenty of good ol’ homestyle food to choose from – including hot beef sandwiches, fried fish, bread pudding, homemade pie and more. The selection isn’t huge but good comfort food.
Personally, I enjoy the people who work and dine there. It’s not unusual to get into a conversation with friendly locals or snowbirds.
If you’re looking for swanky, this is not the place to go. When you want food like your grandma used to make, you’ve opened the door to the right place.