Disclaimer: After we leave a restaurant we do our reviews independent of each other and do not read the others until they are going to be posted. So there may be some repeated themes/ideas in our reviews.
Rating Gordy’s Hi-Hat is a bit difficult for me. You see I grew up in Cloquet and Gordy’s was the spot if you wanted a good hamburger. Never did I question the quality of these burgers or even have any other decent burgers to compare them to as a kid. Our next best option to Gordy’s burgers was Hardee’s and in retrospect I would rather have a Frisco melt over a Gordy’s burger any day. That last sentence hurt me a little inside just to write it. But it’s true. Gordy’s gets by on nostalgic food lovers that like to reminisce about what it was like to grab a burger in the 60’s. Unfortunately modern day foodies and bloggers have eaten at a 5 Guys and know what a damn good burger is. Don’t get me wrong, they make a decent burger and when I’m in the area I will stop by for a double cheese burger and malt. I’m a bit nostalgic myself and eating there brings back good memories of being “treated” to Gordy’s during the summer months.
The double cheeseburger is what I usually go for. The patties are fairly small, so one patty doesn’t usually fill me up. When I was a kid I would always have the french fries with my burger which I loved because they were always served fresh. I recently watched Gordy’s on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and saw they made a big deal about their onion rings, so I decided to have a small order of those with my burger. They onion rings are made fresh and delivered hot, which is their only plus. The breading could use a stronger seasoning other than just a plain cornmeal breading. My malt was delicious. They use real Ice Cream and milk. It’s hard to mess that up unless your establishment is run by mongoloids. Side Note: Gordy himself needs to retire. It’s a bit of a novelty to have the old man himself take your order but he screwed up mine two days in a row. I told him only Mayo on my burger the first day, and it came out not only with Mayo but Ketchup, mustard and pickles. The next day I asked for no Mayo and only Ketchup and he told me Mayo isn’t even an option. I was about to get all Gary Coleman on him and bust out “Whatchu talking bout Gordy? I had Mayo yesterday.” You see it’s funny because I would be Gary Coleman and he would be Mr. Drummond….never mind.
Overall, I have come to terms with Gordy’s place in the food world. If they were in another location I don’t think they could survive. But as long as they keep serving always fresh and always hot burgers, fries, and onion rings they will hopefully remain in business for years to come, so I can relive some of my own childhood memories every summer as I grab a bite at Gordy’s Hi-Hat.
Gordy’s Hi-Hat is one of the places we go whenever we are in the area. It’s a quintessential old school burger joint and it’s only open 6 months out of the year.
This time I got a bacon cheese burger with grilled onions, mayo, ketchup and pickles. Well I asked for pickles on my burger but did not receive them, which is the chance you take when 80 year old Gordy himself takes your order. The burger is tasty, the bacon crispy and everything is just the way you expect from a place that’s been around for over 50 years. I always tell myself I am going to try the fish sandwich but when I get up to the counter to order a burger always come out of my mouth, one of these times I swear it will happen!
I have never been able to go here and not get a shake or malt and you shouldn’t either. My personal favorite is the strawberry shake, it has nice size pieces of strawberry in it and the ice cream they use is excellent. Both the fries and onions rings are ok. The onion rings are said to be half-battered and half-breaded, not sure what this does but they come out like breaded so if that’s your thing they are great.
While there are no ground breaking innovations going on here and nothing is going to blow your mind, Gordy’s is just a good nostalgic burger joint that’s good to hit up if you are in the area. Get a burger and a shake and just relax for a bit.