Eats On The Road: The Kitchen Sink at Flipside (Highlands, NC)

No, I have not been hibernating, I’m not dead, and I haven’t given up on blogging.

Every summer gets a little busy. But summer 2010 has been downright absurd. I’ve had one weekend out of the past few months that didn’t have a pre-set itinerary. And my God, people my age just love to get married.  In fact, I just survived the 7th out of town wedding that I’ve attended since MAY.

May. As in, the month. Of THIS year. And that doesn’t include the bachelor parties, the concerts, or the fishing trip. So, yeah, I’ve been a little busy.

And what is worse, because most of these wedding weekends have included brunches, rehearsal dinners, and (or course) the reception, I rarely have the chance to get out and sample the local flavor. All of my meals are planned out ahead of time, printed up on lovely stationary, and left for me at the front desk of whatever Hampton Inn I’m calling home for the weekend.

However, sometimes, the bride and groom leave a few gaps in your schedule and even go so far as to give you some good restaurant recommendations. Thankfully, this past weekend in Highlands, NC was one of those times.

But I’m not here to bitch about my summer schedule. I’m here to talk about the Kitchen Sink.

 Kitchen Sink Burger Flipside

You know it is a good sign when you order an already intimidating dish and the kid behind the counter blurts out “Oh my God!”

Served at Flipside All American Burgers in Highlands, the Kitchen Sink is their “joke” menu item. Like the Double Bypass at The Vortex, 75% of the reason it is on the menu is as a conversation starter. It’s almost as if they don’t expect anyone to actually order it, let alone finish it.  The guy at the counter, after he composed himself, actually asked me if I was serious. But I couldn’t take my eyes off it, and it had to be mine. And like the Double Bypass, this is really freakin’ good.

Kitchen Sink Burger

Check this out: ½ lb burger with corned beef, swiss, cheddar, provolone, chili, fried egg, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, coleslaw, lettuce, tomato, pickle, jalapeños, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise!!!!!!!!!*

Not only did I eat this in its entirety, something that our server told me point blank wasn’t going to happen, it was done the right way: with my hands. Granted, I think I had to wipe chili off my eyelid at some point, but I wasn’t going to let this monster get the best of me.  

This was just as good as it was ridiculous. Sloppy, greasy, spicy, and satisfying. Of course, there were more toppings than burger, but it was still just what I needed after a long night of revelry and dancing. The corned beef was a pleasant surprise, and really added to the flavor of the burger. However, the crew at Flipside needs to get some bacon on there or change the name. Just sayin’.

If you are passing through Highlands I absolutely recommend checking this place out. It is a little pricey for what it was, but so is everything in that town. They have some awesome specials (1$ PBR’s, dollar slider night, $.25 wing night, etc) and the burgers left everyone full, happy, and ready for the trip home.

*The inclusion of nine exclamation marks was not a sign of my enthusiasm. They literally had nine “!” at the end of the description on the menu. One would have been plenty; up to three would have been acceptable. But nine? Come on guys. I just felt the need to draw your attention to that without interrupting the flow and tone of the review. ‘Cause I really liked the burger, but that part of the menu read like a tween’s text message.

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