By Mike Argento
Marc Miller of Dover tries to wrap his mouth around the new “Route 30 Burger” during a visit to the Rutter’s in Chanceford Township, southern York County. The burger was paid for by the York Daily Record and offered to Miller, who managed to take a bite out of the hefty sandwich and proclaimed it “very good.” (Jason Plotkin — York Daily Record/Sunday News)
Marc Miller has an appetite.
The man can eat. One of his co-workers at BC Inc., a building and roofing contractor in Brogue, said he once ate a 36-inch sub at a pizza joint in Bel Air, Md.
He has his name on a lot of restaurant walls, his co-worker, Brock Zerbe, of Dillsburg, said. “He’s an animal.”
Miller said he once ate a two-pound burger at a place in Clearfield County known for its huge burgers. “I did it in about an hour,” he said. “Got my name on the wall.”
On Thursday, he faced his latest gastronomical challenge — Rutter’s Route 30 Burger. A triple-decker.
Other toppings, which are optional, include veggies, of course, and pastrami, beef brisket or corned beef. For non-carnivores, there is an option for a chipotle black bean burger.
Consumers also have the option of ordering the burger with one, two or three patties. A single costs $5.99, a double, $8.49, and the triple, $10.99.
The burger is named for Route 30 in homage to the Rutter family farm, and current corporate headquarters, just a stone’s throw from the historic highway. In York and its suburbs, though, Route 30 doesn’t conjure a lot of happy thoughts, especially among those who have to traverse it and negotiate its heavy, often snarled, traffic on a daily basis.
Nutrition information for the burger — including calories — wasn’t available, and might be hard to calculate anyway. Rutter’s spokeswoman Suzanne Cramer said the multitude of options available for the burger make it hard to measure its caloric content.
For instance, she said, a vegetarian black bean version of the burger with minimal toppings would contain much fewer calories than a full tripler-decker with bacon and pastrami.
She also did note that Rutter’s has a selection of healthy menu options available to those who believe the Route 30 Burger may not be part of a balanced diet.
Still, if you are the kind of person who’s concerned about calories and fat content, you’re not going to be ordering a triple-decker anyway. It’s fair to say that a fully loaded triple-decker Route 30 Burger could cause coronary logjams as wicked as those on Route 30 at 5 p.m. on a Friday.
The “Route 30 Burger” is made up of grilled cheese sandwiches, burger(s), more cheese and bacon, with the option of condiments and other assorted meat. (Jason Plotkin — York Daily Record/Sunday News)
But how is it?
Laura Basso, manager of the Rutter’s Farm Store on Route 74 in Chanceford Township, said, “They’re good.” She added, “It’s a lot of sandwich. I couldn’t even finish a single.”
Miller, 33, from Dover, volunteered to be a test subject for a triple-decker with bacon, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle and mayo. As a nod to healthy eating, the sandwich was ordered on wheat bread.
When completed, the sandwich was about six inches thick. The woman who made it, Tracy Little, said, “I don’t even know how to wrap it.”
Fortunately, Miller ate it at the store.
Or at least he began eating it at the store.
He took one look at the sandwich and said, “Holy smokes! That’s one hell of a sandwich. How am I supposed to bite that?”
He managed to open his jaw enough to take a bite.
“It’s very good,” he said.
As he worked on it, he and his co-workers had to leave. They were heading up the road to Red Lion, where they had just placed a lunch order at Roma’s Pizza.
Miller said, as he left, “You can cancel mine.”
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