[image-1]There exists, in a special corner of the culinary world, a very interesting game of one-upmanship. We’re not talking about the usual quest for perfect plating, full refinement, or the goal of elevating one’s palate. No, this is more about pushing American cuisine in a more extreme, more absurd direction.
Think fried sticks of butter at the state fair, sandwiches that swap bread for fried chicken, and any drink that is served in a fishbowl. Within this ever-advancing caloric arms race, there remains the hallmark of greasy decadence — the doughnut burger. And you can now experience a new take on this sweet and savory classic at Rutledge Cab Company. [location-1] Going by the incredibly clever and all-too-apt name of the Glazed and Confused burger, Rutledge Cab Company’s variation on what is also known as a “Luther” comes topped with candied bacon, cheddar cheese, and caramelized onions sandwiched between Krispy Kreme doughnuts. But like all the other entries into the wacky world of extreme entrees, the Glazed and Confused burger is as much an experience as it is a meal.
At first glace, the doughnut burger seems a bit on the small end, but that will work out in your best interest. The human body is only meant to ingest so much beef and sugar at the same time.
Once you finally commit yourself to the process of eating a burger topped with doughnuts, you’ll be met with sticky fingers and a marriage of sweet and savory raging on your palate. It’s a lot to take in, both physically and taste-wise. The sweetness of the doughnuts and the grilled tang of the beef blend together surprisingly well, but the sum total of all these sensations can become a bit taxing, so much so that you may find the onions and candied bacon to be an afterthought.
Ultimately, this is a meal you plan around. You’ll want to clear your calendar after going for the Glazed and Confused burger because this oddity will likely leave you in need of a nice lie-down in a quiet room to give you time to really think about what you’ve done.
Looking back, it’s an experience similar to skydiving: You decided to take things to an extreme. You followed through. But this isn’t something you’re going to want to do every day. Even though there is more reason to enjoy a Glazed and Confused burger than just to say you did.
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