January 25, 2011
LOCAL HAMBURGER REVIEWS: CHADDER'S
After months of painstaking research and preparation the time to talk burgers is finally at hand. The year is now finished, the ballots have been cast, and the chads have been dimpled. As previously stated, my wife, my daughter, and myself spent the entire year of 2010 traveling near and far to over 50 different acclaimed local, and not so local restaurants and burger joints taking notes, throwing caution and calorie intake to the wind, and putting our bodies into harms way so that you can continue to go to your same, ordinary, boring, convenient, less than average, fast food places that you've always gone to.. I just hope you now do so feeling somewhat guilty knowing that you could be going somewhere much better.
You may find yourself asking "What is Chadder's and where is it located?" My answer to that would be: "Exactly."
I hate to start off the first review with sad news, but unfortunately Chadder's is no longer with us.
Chadder's was a good restaurant, and a good pioneer. It was one of us. It was a restaurant that loved the outdoors... and bowling, and as a fast food chain it explored the greater part of Utah, from Provo to American Fork and... up to... West Valley. It died.. it died as so many young burger joints of its generation, before its time.
In your wisdom Lord you took it, as you took so many bright flowering young men at Khe Sanh, at Langdok, at Hill 364. These young men gave their lives. And so would Chadder's. Chadder's, who loved bowling.
And so, Chadder's Holdings LLC, in accordance with what we think your dying wishes might well have been, we commit your final mortal remains to the bosom of the Great Salt Lake, which you loved so well... Good night, sweet prince.
Though Chadder's is gone it is certainly not forgotten. In fact, Its long lasting effects can still be felt all over Utah. For those of you that now enjoy eating at In-N-Out on a regular basis, you may very well have Chadder's to thank for that. To further emphasize my point I may need to rely on a small dose of hyperbole.
Chadder's was the Jackie Robinson of fast food restaurants here in Utah. As the story goes Chadder's opened in American Fork in 2007 and was basically the Western Family version of In-N-Out. The Menu was the same, the building and dining room area was the same, the colors and employees uniforms were the same, and more importantly the food was the same.. only better. To seal the deal it even made available in abundance a Utah favorite that In-N-Out doesn't offer... Fry Sauce! And plenty of it.
Apparently a bunch of douchebags and dorks started calling and writing In-N-Out asking if they were related to Chadder's. That may be my favorite part of the story. Yes honor student, of course they're affiliated, but rather than use their overly successful, famous business name they decided to open a restaurant in an obscure location in American Fork, Utah and call it Chadder's. Besides that small, meaningless detail everything else is exactly the same. Some people with more time than sense, even wrote them calling Chadder's rip offs and were so upset that they had to be consoled.
Eventually In-N-Out flew their VP out to check out the commotion and within a month or two filed a lawsuit against Chadder's for copyright infringement, and wouldn't you know... it made plans to finally open an In-N-Out less than one mile away from Chadder's and eventually other In-N-Out locations started popping up all over Utah. So after In-N-Out spent 60 plus years of Utah free business it may very well have been Chadder's that awoke the sleeping giant enough to get them to come to Utah.. And for that we thank you.
After continuing business and even expanding over the last three years, in May of 2010 Chadder's sadly closed its doors for business a final time.
CATEGORY: FAST FOOD
SPECIALITY BURGER/ "THE HAT TRICK": 15 OUT OF 20
CHEESEBURGER: 16.5 OUT OF 20
TOPPINGS: 2.5 OUT OF 5
BURGER SMELL: 2 OUT OF 2
GREASE FACTOR: 3 OUT OF 5
Z’S BUN RATING: 4 OUT OF 5
PORTION SIZE: 2.5 OUT OF 5
FRIES: 2.5 OUT OF 5
PRICE: 2.5 OUT OF 5
PORTION SIZE VS. PRICE OVERALL SCORE: 5 OUT OF 10
AFTERMATH: 6 OUT OF 10
OVERALL ATMOSPHERE: 7 OUT OF 10
FINAL OVERALL SCORE: 69.5 OUT OF 100
THE MRS. RATING: B
KNUCKLE POP RATING: A-