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Norb’s Corner: Outbound – Lovin’ Spoonful, Cheeburger Cheeburger

Cheeburger Cheeburger is a 1950s-style burger restaurant chain that started on Sanibel Island, Florida in 1986*. They specialize in cheeseburgers, French fries, onion rings, and milkshakes. There are 64 locations across the United States.

“When Cheeburger Cheeburger opened a restaurant in Glenview, Illinois, they were sued by Billy Goat Tavern, which had served as the inspiration for the original Olympia Cafe Saturday Night Live parody.” – Wikipedia

The Olympia Cafe was a fictional greasy spoon featured in a recurring Saturday Night Live sketch. All the staff, led by John Belushi as Pete Dionasopolis were Greek. As various guest stars discovered, only three items on the long menu could actually be ordered successfully: the cheeseburger (pronounced “cheeburger” by Belushi), chips (pronounced “cheep”), and Pepsi. Attempts to order Coke were invariably met with the retort, “No Coke! Pepsi!” Likewise, those who ordered French fries got the response, “No fries! Cheeps!” According to Don Novello, who penned the first Olympia Cafe sketch, the diner was based on the Billy Goat Tavern on Lower North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, and was still operating when they aired the skit. I can still remember watching this late one Saturday night.

Cheeburger Cheeburger likes to be known as the most creative and fun restaurant on Earth. Cheeburger Cheeburger offers dozens of free toppings for their burgers. They also offer grilled chicken, wraps, fries, salads, sundaes and more.

Take a seat at the soda fountain or pull up an old fashioned chair. Look around at the neon lights and neat signs and posters. Check out the cool T-shirts, gifts and collectibles. Turn on the fifties and sixties music.” – Wikipedia

Cheeburger Cheeburger quality starts with 100% Angus beef with no additives, no added hormones and no antibiotics. The fries and rings are made from scratch every day. And the quality continues with everything Cheeburger offers.

Challenge yourself to our “Pounder” burger that consists of 20 ounces of beef. Finish the entire burger and have your picture taken for Cheeburger Cheeburger’s Wall of Fame! Feel free to invent your own cheeseburger, chicken sandwich, grilled cheese, salad, shake or malt!” – Wikipedia

There are five sizes of burgers. And with all those free toppings, you can create more than eight million burger combinations. And more than a million shake flavor combinations.

My wife Donna and I decided to go there for dinner on a Sunday night due to the fact we had a Groupon (We seldom pay full price). We had been there previously with a Groupon and that is the reason I purchased another one. The place was packed. There were only two tables open that I saw, a two person and a four person one. The hostess whisked us to the two person table and as soon as she left, the waitress appeared and took our drink order.

Donna ordered the Lemonade and I ordered a Pepsi. They both arrived in their signature Mason jar glasses. When the waitress returned, I ordered the semi-serious burger which is a 1/3 pound burger (7 ounces before cooking). I added American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, banana peppers, 2 onion rings, and relish. Donna had the Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwich.

My burger was made perfectly but it was a bit sloppy. I guess I had tried to have too many toppings on it. It was hard to wrap my mouth around it and every bite squeezed the burger and toppings out the other side. It was delicious. Donna said she would get her Portabella sandwich again.

Cheeburger Cheeburger is located at 1593 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14226

Phone: (716) 836-1002

Hours: Open Monday thru Thursday 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM, Friday Saturday and Sunday 11:30 to 9:30 PM     Features: Accepts credit cards. Has highchairs available, outdoor seating, parking lot parking and is wheelchair accessible.

We go there about once a year and can’t wait till we get another coupon. I give them 8 out of 10 spoons.

Photo of build your own Cheeburger courtesy Cheeburger Cheeburger

*Wikipedia Cheeburger Cheeburger | Wikipedia Olympia Café

Written by Norbert Rug

Norbert Rug

Norb is a writer from Lockport. His email address is If you have any fun stories or memories to share of Buffalo's "good old days", feel free to send him a note.

Norb has now written 500+ articles, over 90 restaurant reviews, and has been published in the Buffalo News, Lockport Union Sun and Journal, Niagara Falls Gazette, the East Niagara Post, The Lockport Star, The North Tonawanda Extra, the Niagara Reporter, and Artvoice. His work has been published on Press Reader, Good Cookery, the National association for Home Care and Hospice, and Konitono. He also has his own blog at

Norb's writings deal with Buffalo nostalgia. He wrote a series of articles on early Buffalo television including Rocketship 7, Captain Kangaroo, Howdy Doody, and Mr.Rogers. Norb has also written on his childhood in the Bailey Kensington area, The Mohegan Market, and sailing on Lake Erie. He continues to write weekly on the city that he loves.

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