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Old School Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

November 7, 2017

Eric Schlosser posited in his book Fast Food Nation that the all-American meal was a burger, an order of fries, and a milkshake. And he’s got a point. However, these days burgers are so ubiquitous, they hardly feel special.

Sure, you can get a specialty burger, and not all burgers are created equal. Some are truly excellent. But it’s hard to find a corner of the country without a burger shop on every corner. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not turning against burgers. My last meal would still be a deep fried buffalo burger from Swifty’s.

It’s just that I’m coming off of a hot roast beef sandwich high, and I’m feeling the need to share my love for Mr. B’s Best in Queensbury.

The first time I went to Mr. B’s was in 2012 after that year’s Tour de Cider Donut. It wasn’t until 2014 that I wrote a review for the place on Yelp. And the sad truth of the matter is that I just don’t get up to Queensbury all that often.

However, it is on the way to Montreal, and it’s a good place to stop for food on the road. It’s reasonably close to the highway, it’s quick, it’s not expensive, and it’s a great place for a last taste of Americana before you cross the border.

How American is it?

So American that the tray liner has the pictures of every U.S. president.
So American that there aren’t any french fries, only potato nuggets.
So American that the best beef sandwich has no vegetables on it at all.
So American that the sandwiches are served on styrofoam plates.

I’ve heard the subs are good there too, but I just can’t get away from the glory of those roast beef sandwiches.

Part of it is the flavor of the meat, because this isn’t some bland squishy brown approximation of roast beef. This is the real deal. Well seasoned. Roasted. Thinly sliced. Pink the middle. It’s tender, savory, and taste like it should.

Part of it is the excellent griddle toasted buns. The standard buns are crusted with golden sesame seeds. It’s soft, tender, and yeasty. Sturdy enough to hold the sandwich together. Pillowy enough to be comforting. And those griddle toasted cut surfaces are simply fantastic. But they also have a kimmelweck roll. Really, it’s just their regular roll with the sesame seeds replaced by caraway seeds and salt. So don’t come expecting anything with a sturdy crust. That said, it’s also excellent.

Mrs. Fussy was a big fan of the roast beef, but she wasn’t feeling the tots. When she went they weren’t quite as hot as one would like fried foods to be. But this was good enough for me to want to make it the last food we ate before leaving America, and the first food we ate upon our arrival.

Part of me still wants to order two sandwiches. One and some tots is enough food to quell my hunger, but I always leave wanting more. Maybe that’s a good marketing strategy, because I keep coming back every time I pass through town.

Although, I would rather have two sandwiches than one sandwich and a small tots. And I would rather have two sandwiches than one large sandwich, because that way I’m increasing the number of griddle toasted buns I get with my meal.

Maybe one of these days I’ll put that to the test. Then I won’t have decided between a regular bun and a kimmelweck one, because I can have one of each.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2017 1:03 pm

    So glad you found and like Mr. B’s! Used to stop every time we were in that area. Love it. This was what the original Mike’s Neba and subs were back in the early ‘70’s. Very different from what is served today.

  2. Chad V. permalink
    November 8, 2017 6:28 pm

    I had the good fortune to stop at Mr B’s this weekend as well on a trip to Six Flags. The roast beef is quality and works really well with the toasted bun. I found a mix of horseradish mayo and spicy mustard brings it all together. While I wouldn’t be drawn to drive a distance for it, I’m happy yo stop by if in the neighborhood. Plus, its classic in a way that hearkens back to 1950’s drive-in.

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