WABASH VALLEY (WTHI) - After wandering in from the long trek from Moonshine, Ill., our private food detective Mike Latta and his posse of "Professional Food Investigators" received multiple tips about a third restaurant, possibly toting the Valley's best burger.
A little birdy slipped a note into Latta's ear that a pub in New Goshen was causing quite a stir amongst its patrons. But it wasn't the drinks he was interested in; it was the beautifully brown burger he was going to call "lunch" that called to him like a siren to a sailor stuck at sea.
The grumbling of Latta's and the crews' stomach answered that call. And so, the final chapter in the Valley's best burger case began.
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Outside the pub's door, the picky one Ross surveyed the area, making sure there weren't any surprises awaiting the crew of "Professional Eaters". Food investigator Ross also chose to stand by the door, because the food aromas wafting from the cracks made his stomach cry out like a lost kid at a grocery store, yelling for his mother.
This was definitely the place, Latta thought.
Enter suspect one. Latta's investigation into the best burger claim led him to become acquainted with the New Goshen Pub's chef with magic hands.
Magic's fake, of course, Latta thought. But the burgers this chef comes up with are something similar to culinary magic.
Gary, the bearded wonder, recorded the whole interview, and sometimes dropped the camera a bit, while his mind wondered into a euphoric fantasy land of perfectly cooked and flavored burgers.
Some sort of domed contraption trapped the cooking burgers on the grill.
A food trap, Latta thought. The chef swore it was just a pan lid.
The number one on the backside of the chef's shirt stuck out like a sore thumb, as the chef worked her magic into cooking the burgers to perfection.
Was that number foreshadowing? Latta thought. He and his crews' taste buds would be the judge of that.
The missing space the size of a burger on the grill nearly brought a tear to Latta's eye. His stomach, on the other hand, cried out, outraged at the idea that someone got to eat their burger before he did.
The mountain-like sizzling mounds of meat caused the crew to stop and really question which burger was the best. At that point, the crew didn't care about solving the case; they just wanted to eat those burgers.
That's it! Latta thought. It wasn't that the chef was magic, it was the fact that her burgers used some sort of smell-induced hypnosis on all without a strong will.
The sizzling beef is a foodie's siren's song. Gary was mentally stranded in a sea of ketchup, on a bun shaped raft with two bacon strips as ores, trying to paddle his way the delicious, meaty island.
Latta and the crew couldn't move Gary's mesmerized, unresponsive body towards the table. The only trick that worked was holding a plated burger as they walked.
Finally, the burger was there.
Will this burger be the best burger? Latta thought.
The smells emitting from the fully prepared burger, reminded the crew just what this investigation is all about: great local food. The perfectly cooked burger was complimented well by the fried mushrooms. All flavors were strong, unique and near-perfect.
With their bellies full and their minds returned back to reality, the crew faced one of the toughest decisions of all of the Fork in the Road cases: who's burger is the best?
Regardless of how tough the decision is, one thing is certain: every restaurant they've investigated has provided the best of the best they've tasted.
It's going to be a hard decision for these veteran food investigators, but they certainly feel up to it.
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