2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test


2009 Nissan GT-R: Comic-Con Burger Break

July 27, 2009

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It's hard to eat convention-center food, as overpriced and tasteless as it is, and the San Diego Comic-Con is no exception. Add in the fact that Klingons have bad table manners and Boba Fett hogs the ketchup and you have the perfect excuse to vamoose in your 2009 Nissan GT-R for awhile to get some real food on the outside.

And that's just what Ken and I did before we began our back-road excursion in earnest. Ken's the local, so he directed me to a semi-renowned hole-in-the-wall burger joint that shows up on the occasional Ten-Best of San Diego list: Charley's "Famous" Hamburgers in Lemon Grove.

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The place has the feel of an old In-and-Out drive-thru that was abandonded by the corporation years ago, though that is not actually the case because In-n-Out first appeared in San Diego relatively recently.

Charley's menu is much more extensive too, in terms of the burgers and the shakes you can get.

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So how was it? Well, I had a Chili Burger, and the chili was much better than what you'd find at Tommy's, the yardstick we use in Los Angeles for such things. And my peanut butter shake was excellent. Better yet, it all stayed down with no "complications" after some vigorous churning on said back-roads in said GT-R.

Still, when I got back to the Comic-Com a few hours later I saw something on offer that made me wish I hadn't filled up on such ordinary fare.

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Speed Racer had some, and he must have liked it because he took a good-sized doggie bag home with him.

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As for me, I'll catch you next year, Darthy-Baby.


Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 26,050 miles

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