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Nihilism & gastronomics: Finding the best burger in town

Robert Kroll

Guest Writer

When presented with the task of reviewing the “Best Burger in Port Huron,” I didn’t back down. Other writers at the ESG were unable to step to the challenge. My reputation as a nihilistic burger eater was picked up on and my quest was laid out.

The only real scientific aspect of this project is that I will just go for a regular, no-frills burger. During my search, I may very well have missed the “great white buffalo” of burgers in town. I will do my best here to fairly present what I have put my body through.

Power’s

I haven’t been to Power’s since I was a regular student here, so this is a treat.

I order a quarter pound burger with cheese, fries and a coke. I am very pleased with what I have been served. The texture is perfect and the beef ground just enough.

Grade:  4 – Win

Calories so far:  4,000

Mama Vicki’s

For the sake of continuity, I once again order a quarter pound cheeseburger, fries, and a coke. I finish it off easily.

But there is nothing significant to sway my opinion about the burger. There is nothing wrong with it, but there is also nothing that I’m going crazy about either.

Grade: 3 – Passing

Calories so far: 5,000

Zebra Bar

I ordered the “Classic” cheeseburger, which is actually 1/3 of a pound, costs about 50 cents cheaper than the Mama Vicki’s, and is amazing.

The major perk though is the bun. While not the texture of the Power’s burger, it was toasted. This is a game changer. This is like pulling Steve Yzerman from a Stanley Cup finals game and replacing him with Gordie Howe.

Grade: 5 – EPIC WIN

Calories so far: 7,000

Quay Street Brewery

I went for the Brew House Burger, which is the Quay version of everything that came before, this time with mandatory beer batter fries. Regrettably, this was the only chance I’d get to have any sort of beer with this meal.

The burger was good, but it occupied a middle ground between Mama Vicki’s and the Zebra. It was better than Mama Vicki’s, but the toasted bun at Zebra set a precedent, like how every new Metallica album is compared to “the old stuff.”

Grade: 4 – WIN

End calories: OVER 9,000

Wrapping it up

I hereby declare that, for now, the Zebra has the best burger in Port Huron.

Sade’s Soldier Marches Forth

Robert Kroll

Guest Writer

   After nearly a decade without an album or tour, Sade has marched back into pop music with Soldier of Love.

   Starting with “The Moon and the Sky,” guitarist/saxophonist Stuart Matthewman plays a mournful yet uplifting acoustic guitar lick as singer Sade Adu laments, “You lay me down and left me for dead/a long, long time ago/You left me there dying/But I’ll never let you go.”

   Sade sings of remorse but not defeat.

   One of the most intriguing tracks on the album is “Babyfather.” Tackling a reggae sound, Sade sings about the stress of a father leaving their child.

   Proving that children will be resilient and vulnerable as their father figure is gone, Sade sings gently to soothe the stress of this void.

   The song is also a family affair, as Sade’s daughter and Matthewman’s son sing the repeated line “Your daddy love come with a lifetime guarantee.”

   The strongest track on the album is the first single and title track “Soldier of Love.”

   Over a sparse snare drum beat with minimal accompaniment by keyboard and guitar, Sade is the “soldier,” proclaiming, “I’m in the front line of this battle of mine/But I’m still alive.”

   Employing extensive distorted electric guitar for the first time in their history, Matthewman plays piercing guitar licks more reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine than by the band that made “Smooth Operator.”

   Sonic experimentation aside, Sade stuck with their established “sound” without staying too much in their comfort zone.

   “In Another Time” features Matthewman switching back to saxophone from the guitar, breathing sax licks to assuage the love-lorn.

   Simultaneously moving forward with new sounds and keeping with their traditional tales of love and loss, Sade’s first album since 2000’s “Lover’s Rock” has been well w