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Lenny’s Burger features throwback style, great food

Mac’s Meals

By James McElwee ’10

Photo by Rob March '11 - Lenny's Burger Shop is on the corner of Thomas and Central.

Lenny’s Burger has been an Arizona staple since 1984, providing people with delicious burgers and other diner-esque foods.

Now it is widely popular and has three locations at 2825 N. Central Ave, the Southeast corner of Central and Thomas, 2545 W. Glendale, the south side of Glendale, just west of I-17 and 10635 N. 59th Ave. or 59th Avenue and Peoria.

The inside of Lenny’s is a fun throwback to the 50s, and is an enjoyable place to have a meal.

On to the main point: the food at Lenny’s, at least at the Central location where I sampled their food, is quite tasty.

The burgers, obviously a staple in a restaurant with “burger” in the name, are big, juicy and extremely delicious.

However, the Hickory burger was not quite as good.  The barbeque sauce was a little too sweet and did not mesh well with the rest of the burger.

Lenny’s also offers things like grilled chicken, hot dogs and other sausages.

The grilled chicken was pretty good; however it was a little bland.

Luckily, the myriad extras and toppings add more than enough flavors.

The regular sized hot dogs are way too small and drown in the buns.

The same applies for the sausages.  However, despite their small size it’s hard to go wrong with a hot dog.

However, the jumbo dogs, with lots of toppings, fill out the buns better.  So get a jumbo dog if you have a choice.
Lenny’s also has milkshakes, delicious milkshakes.

While it may seem hard to mess up something like a milkshake, Lenny’s seems to have a real knack for creating really good, almost old-fashioned milkshakes.

You can also get take out at Lenny’s but I would not suggest this.

When the food is takeout, it seems to lose some of its flair, and becomes somewhat like a Burger King that is more expensive, albeit with more choices.

For the most part, the food and atmosphere more than make up for Lenny’s other shortcomings.

4 out of 5.

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