Luther Burger in a Cardiac Ward

I push the limits of Gottlieb's "At Your Request/Room Service Dining"

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By David Hammond

Last week I reported on my visit to Gottlieb Hospital to sample their new patient menu.

As mentioned, the patients can order whatever they want (given their dietary restrictions) or any combination of what they want.

I at first thought I’d get chicken and waffles, but they didn’t have fried chicken (or, as is probably predictable, many fried items at all, aside from bacon and hash.)

Seeing cheeseburgers and bacon and glazed donuts, I asked that the kitchen prepare me a Luther Burger.

Named after Luther Vandross, this cheeseburger with bacon is usually mounted on a Krispy Kreme donut.  It took some time explaining to the hospital kitchen how to prepare a proper Luther Burger.  They seemed a little taken aback, or maybe “appalled” is a better word, but gamesome.

Then the Director of Food Service delivered my meal, explaining that the hospital never, but NEVER would normally serve this to a patient. For me, he figured it wouldn’t make much difference, though he did not approve.

The Director of Food Service actually brought me another hamburger on a regular bun, in hopes I would eat that instead of this sugar-glazed, savory monstrosity I had asked him to create. I ate some of the regular burger too.

How was it? Pretty damn good. Or maybe I should say as good as a Luther Burger ever gets.

I asked about wine, but the hospital didn’t have any (!!), so I settled on a 2011 Mr. Pure Prune.

The juice paired very well with the Luther Burger: the plumy sweetness bumped up the bacon flavor, coordinated with the glazed donut, and, of course, fruit and cheese are always good together…plus, the juice was pretty much the same color as the hamburger.

Have you ever had a wild craving while in the hospital? Did you find a way to satisfy it?

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Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: February 23rd, 2011 1:14 PM

David, When I saw Luther Burger in the headline I was picturing Martin Luther and his Theses tacked to the church door. Therefore I pictured you eating an austere burger, plainly prepared. Luther Vandross did not come to mind. Have to say a burger on a donut sounds absolutely disgusting. But you're the food writer. Dan

Marty Berg from Oak Park  

Posted: February 21st, 2011 6:32 PM

The best news I took from this was that Gottlieb has a new patient menu. I was hospitalized there for a week in 2008 and at that time it was hands down the worst hospital food I had ever had. I guess it's safe to go back now...not that I'm rushing to do that! :-)


Posted: February 21st, 2011 5:46 PM

Prune juice with a Luther Burger, too funny! Wow, I can't believe they served it. Kudos for requesting it!

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