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Classic 50s cuisine to die for *WEB EXCLUSIVE*

Chris Taylor, Arts & Culture Editor
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Arts & Culture

I honestly believe that in order to obtain the best review of a restaurant, you need to be inconspicuous. In other words, be a normal customer. That way, you can achieve the best sense of what the average patron can expect. So that’s exactly what I did Friday night when I went and had dinner at the Billy Heartbeats Restaurant inside the Lloyd Center Mall.

Billy Heartbeats is a little jewel hidden within an otherwise chaotic center of modern day society. This 1950s-esque diner is like a time warp in an ever changing, forwardly progressive city. Though it does have a modern touch with the flat screen televisions that play anything from sports to news, it still feels pretty authentic. I sat down and ordered the Mushroom and Swiss Burger basket and a Cherry Coke, feeling like a good burger and a soda would be the best course of action. And the staff did one heck of a good job.

The staff members at Billy Heartbeats are incredibly friendly and very well mannered. Not to mention, patient. I felt really respected and well taken care of. My drink was never left empty for more than two minutes and the waitress was extremely friendly. I even sat at the counter and had a friendly conversation with one of the cooks as I waited for my food. It was a very pleasant experience, which resulted in a generous tip.

The food itself was very well done and cleanly presented in classic 1950s style. The burger was juicy and tender, with just a bit of pink in the middle, just the way I like it. The mushrooms were just cooked and the cheese was cooked onto the burger instead of slapped on afterwards, which made it warm and gooey. The fries were just right and perfectly crispy, with just the right amount of seasoning on them. It was quite possibly one of the best burger meals I’d ever had, and I’ve been to some pretty good places. After I consumed my delicious dinner, I decided to go for the full experience and order a milkshake. I was thoroughly impressed and very pleased with my choice. The milkshake was true to the era as well, being a thick, creamy, chocolate malt served in a tall glass with whipped cream and a cherry on top, with the extra served on the side in the mixing tin. It was very enticing to my eyes and tasted ten times better.

All in all, I spent about $15 on my meal, not counting the generous tip. Despite the price, I will say that it was worth every penny that I spent. I would gladly do it again and return as a regular customer. The food and the experience were one of a kind in this hectic modern world, where people want things fast, they want it to-go and they want it cheap. It’s nice to just slow down and enjoy a nice meal in a comfortable, casual environment. I give Billy Heartbeats 5 out of 5 stars all around.

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