Wednesday, August 28, 2013

News From The Bangor Daily At Maine: Milo couple opens Burgers ‘N More lunch wagon featuring home-style cooking

 


Floyd Carter updates the menu at Burgers ‘'N More Burger Shack while his wife, Kathy, looks on.
Mike Lange | Piscataquis Observer
 
 
Floyd Carter updates the menu at Burgers ‘'N More Burger Shack while his wife, Kathy, looks on.
MILO, Maine — When Floyd and Kathy Carter realized their dream of building and operating a lunch wagon with a home-style menu, they found out quickly that there’s no place like home.
“We had the concept of building Burgers ‘N More in January and started construction in April,” Floyd Carter said. “It was something we’ve always wanted to do, and we used local vendors like Three Rivers Hardware and Bailey’s Lumber for our material.”

But Carter said that they didn’t have any idea where to set up the portable eatery. So they canvassed the Bangor area, looking for permission to set up their operation in some major shopping plazas. “We ran into one roadblock after another, until we got the OK to set up at Sam’s Club two days a week,” Carter recalled.

Unfortunately, it rained both days they were in the Queen City and they wound up with only five customers. Plus, it cost $85 in gas for the trips.

So Floyd Carter approached the manager of Three Rivers Hardware, five minutes away from his home in Milo, about using part of their parking lot. “[The manager] emailed the owner; and within an hour, he said ‘yes,’” said Carter. “People seem really happy to have us here. Business is picking up steadily as word gets out.”

The Burgers ‘N More Burger Shack menu changes from time to time, but keeps the consistent best-sellers. The monster hot dog, for instance, includes a secret sauce that reportedly tastes best when added to raw onions and mustard.



The tater tot mountain is a generous helping of deep fried potatoes with cheese, bacon, chopped onions and sour cream “and the only other place that has it on the menu that I know is Governor’s Restaurant,” said Carter.

In addition to the main ingredients, the cheese steak explosion includes pepperoni, onions, sweet peppers and mushrooms.

Sometimes they have fish chowder; on other days, you might find clam chowder on the menu. Often, the Carters will add chicken fajitas to the chalkboard.

Among their biggest customers are employees at JSI Store Fixtures, Milo’s largest employer. To accommodate their lunch break, workers can call Burgers ‘N More, and the orders are delivered.
“They only have a half-hour for lunch, so this is a nice convenience for them,” said Kathy Carter.
Unlike most portable food stands, Burgers ‘N More Burger Shack won’t shut down for the winter.
“The only month we won’t be open will be February,” said Floyd Carter. “Obviously, the weather will be a factor in our operating hours. But people still want good food at a decent price in the winter. Plus, we’re within sight of a major snowmobile trail.”


The current operating hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Due to the Labor Day weekend, however, Burgers ‘N More will be closed Aug. 30 and Sept. 2.
For take-out orders, call 965-5710 and see their daily specials on their Facebook page.







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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Certain Seafood on 01 Aug 2013 by Amy Barlow / Sharp Little Pencil





Certain Seafood
I love me a fresh-caught fish
If it’s farmed, it’s not delish
Salmon! Salmon! Now you’re jammin’!
Halibut will stave off famine
Lobster steaming on the plate
Melted butter, that is great
But if it had a suction cup
Just the thought and I throw up
Octopus, call it calamari
But to me it’s “run-a very far-y”
Don’t even think to serve me squid
You will see me flip my lid
Please don’t serve me suction-cup seafood
Gives me willies. It’s not “me” food



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