Some of you may remember the well-beloved Belushi SNL skit in which he played a pretty crazy chef at Cheeburger Cheeburger, where they served “Pepsi! Pepsi! No Coke!” It didn’t take long for that fictitious restaurant to become a real one on Sanibel Island, Florida. While Sanibel boasts the original, the restaurant became a nation-wide chain. Mister Spice and I have even been to the one in Bluffton, South Carolina, where we saw this sign:
The Sanibel restaurant used to be a little, tiny place that was constantly packed with people, so the owners decided it was time to move into something a little roomier about 10 years ago. You’ve got to get there around 5:00 pm if you want to beat the dinner crowd. My family and I often go at least twice and sometimes three times while on vacation for the BEST burgers and milkshakes you will ever have! The whole place has a 50’s diner atmosphere.
This is the counter where you can get a milkshake or malt (pretty much any flavor you can think of) and it’s also where they will make their infamous Cherry Pepsis.
At the entrance of the restaurant you will find the wall of fame, a place where pictures of any customer who finishes the famous “Pounder” are posted.
Humphrey Bogart and Betty Boop greet you at the restrooms.
These burgers are perfect. First of all, you can get almost any size, from 1/4 of a pound to a pound. They have just the right amount of char to them, but what is so impressive is the toppings selection. You want peanut butter on your burger? You can have it! What about teriyaki sauce and pineapple? Sure thing! There are like thousands of combinations!
And the milkshakes…oh my gosh. I mean, I’ve had some good milkshakes, but I honestly don’t think any of them compare to Cheeburger’s. I prefer the Oreo milkshake, but this go-round I tried a chocolate peanut butter Reece’s Pieces shake. Heavenly!
For our second visit, Mister Spice decided to go for the pounder, pictured below on the left. You can see how much bigger it is than my 1/3 pound burger.
That’s a big burger!
Once he finished, the waiters rang a bell, announced to the restaurant that Chris from Tennessee had finished the pounder, and took his picture with this stuffed burger.
We LOVE this place, but I think what makes it so special is that it is the ORIGINAL restaurant. However, that should’ve stop you from checking one out if you get a chance. Mister Spice even asked me one time to name my top 3 favorite restaurants EVER, and this one is in my top 3. THAT’S how good it is!! Forget 5/5 herbs…this is 10/5 herbs!
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