362 Grand Ave, Englewood, NJ
As my buddy Jon recently said, I am a burger slut. I like burgers of all shapes and sizes, and I like all kinds of toppings. One of the best places in Northern NJ where you can indulge in every topping you can possibly imagine is Jackson Hole in Englewood, a stylized ’50s diner that without question you won’t walk out hungry from, especially if its burgers that you’re seeking. The “Hole” also uses a unique method of cooking their burgers, which is to steam grill them using a custom-designed metal dome cover.
Jackson Hole originally started out in Manhattan in the early 1970’s, and branched out to Queens and other parts of NYC, but the NJ branch opened perhaps 10 years ago, maybe a little less.
Storefront on Grand Avenue
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The griddle area. Notice the metal upside down cup things? Those are used to steam grill the burgers. They have a dome-like shape and it seals in the juices.
The walls of the back dining room are filled with all sorts of ’50s Americana.
Including this vintage Seeburg.
And this Ronnie Raygun advertisement for Van Heusen shirts.
Complimentary and unlimited supply of new pickles at every table.
Rachel ordered the grilled chicken salad, which comes in a large salad bowl. Everything about the portions at this place is jumbo sized.
Jackson Hole has its own brand of root beer, which is quite good. Note that the place prides itself on having “7 Oz” hamburgers. I don’t know about how big they are at the NYC locations, but I’m pretty sure in the case of the Jersey one, they left out a “1” in front of the 7.
The Western burger, which is AT LEAST 10 ounces (after cooking!) of beef, Monterey Jack cheese, barbecue sauce, fried onions, and bacon.
A closer look at the Western Burger.
Western Burger, ordered medium rare, fully assembled.
It’s basically impossible to eat these burgers fully assembled, you have to cut them in half, they are so huge.