Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Dew Drop Inn: The Burger that Inspired Buffett

The Dew Drop Inn has been serving Mobile, Alabama for over 80 years and claims the title as the oldest restaurant in Mobile. Their florescent, world famous "Dew Drop Hot Dog" is listed as one of the 100 foods to try in Alabama. The menu even instructs hot dog hungry customers how to order a dog properly, thus becoming a true hot dog connoisseur. Although the Dew Drop Inn is not renowned for its culinary elegance, one critic claims it has the best burgers in the world. That critic is none other than the Mobile grown Jimmy Buffett.
"I like mine with lettuce and tomato,
Heinz Fifty-seven and French fried potatoes.
Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer.
Well, good God Almighty, which way do I steer!"
Buffet's popular "Cheese Burger in Paradise" undoubtedly qualifies him as a notarized burger critic to the highest degree. Although the burger he sings about differs from the burger I thoroughly enjoyed today, which is OK because the Dew Drop Inn only claims to have sparked his obsession for cheeseburger. My slim burger came topped with chili, a slice of cheese and a sliced pickle. Not a whole lot to it, and not much to look at either. But hey, it tasted great and was less than $3, cheaper than most fast food burgers. You can't judge a book by it's cover just like you can't judge a burger by it's buns So Jimmy's cheeseburger in paradise may not be found at the Dew Drop Inn, but I believe 100% that he was inspired by this quaint, historically rooted burger joint. Perhaps after a few hours in Margarita ville the Dew Drop Cheeseburger becomes the burger lusted over in the song.


Anonymous said...

When a dj on Radio Margaritaville read Jimmy a story in a Caribbean travel magazine about the origins of the song, he said the article was incorrect. He said quote: " song was inspired by a burger I had at the Marina Cay Resturaunt in Tortola (West End, British Virgin Islands)."
This can be verified also in the 'Parrothead Handbook' included in the Buffett box set "Boats Beaches Bars and Ballads"

Anonymous said...

hmmm...I thought about my posting above, and I apparently contradicted myself. The location mentioned in the book is a dock in Roadtown, Tortola that had a resturaunt.
Roadtown and West End are 2 different places!
More research is required...I will get back to you all.
-the Parrothead