Iowa Restaurant Creates Donald Trump ‘No-Nonsense’ Burger: Rich with Plenty of Ham
A burger to trump all burgers?
That’s what Walter Jahncke, chef and owner of the Northside Cafe in Winterset, Iowa is hoping. He created a burger named for Donald Trump in light of the GOP candidate’s arrival to the small town and, as Jahnck says, an attempt to “make hamburgers great again.”
So, what exactly goes into such a burger? The restaurant’s menu describes it as: “like Trump—this burger is all business. For the man who likes to ham it up for the cameras it’s stacked with half a pound of ham, but don’t worry—it’s piled on top of our famous no nonsense all beef all American monument third pound burger. We’ve added shredded cheese as Trump continues to shred the competition in the polls. Grilled onions for all the tears from political pundits who can’t figure Trump out…”
And like its namesake the burger is causing controversy.
“A lot of people have commented on the burger and it’s gotten mixed reviews,” Jahncke tells PEOPLE. “But it has nothing to do with the taste.”
“I actually had someone call me the morning after [I debuted it] and say, ‘I don’t think it’s appropriate that you have a Trump burger on the menu and I just wanted you to know that I won’t be eating in your establishment ever again,’” he says.
But, Jahncke denies that his new burger has anything to do with Trump’s politics. “That’s not why we did this,” he said. “He’s in the news so much. His personality is larger than life and it seemed fun to play on. If we chose a candidate who wasn’t getting in the press—I don’t want to be too crass about it, but I do run a café and I kind of hoped by selling a Trump burger on the menu, maybe some people at his event would want to come over and check out the burger.”
He also added that his restaurant is open to all opinions and beliefs, but the restaurant has welcomed other Republican politicians like Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee.
“As an owner, I don’t discriminate against anyone on their political opinion,” said Jahncke, who took over nearly 100-year-old restaurant in 2012. “I served everyone really good food and if you come in with a Hillary shirt or a Bernie shirt or a Santorum shirt or a Carson, whatever, I don’t tell you to leave.”
Despite the occasional backlash from customers (Trump has yet to comment on the burger) Jahncke said he has been talking about making a specialty menu item inspired by candidates who pull ahead in the upcoming election.
Does that mean there are Bernie or Hillary burgers in our near future?
–Blake Bakkila @bcbakkila