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Burger Mini-Review: Skinny's Place

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The Skinny Cheeseburger with mayo and a mug of Budweiser at Skinny's Place in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island. PHOTO BY WADE TATANGELO

Skinny Cheeseburger, $5.10
Skinny’s Place
3901 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach
778-7769

Many Anna Maria Islanders only eat their burgers at Duffy’s, or only at Skinny’s, because of an old feud but, really, both family owned and operated restaurants do a great job with ground beef in between a bun. Occupying the first floor of what probably used to be someone's two-story home, Skinny's is funky, Old Florida at its laid-back best right across the street from Manatee Public Beach. Black and white photos, nautical bric-a-brac and signed dollar bills cover the walls and low-ceiling of the open air room, with picnic tables outside.

When I stopped by Thursday evening just before a beautiful sunset, the "Skinny's wait" sign by the kitchen read "1/2 beers." Sure enough, halfway through my mug of Budweiser ($1.50) out came a paper carton containing my Skinny Cheeseburger, a quarter pound patty covered in orange American with a toothpick stuck through it and the top bun propped up behind with the pickles, onions, tomato and iceberg lettuce neatly stacked to the side.

The menu reads "just say 'mayo' or 'no mayo'" and being a good Florida boy I went with the mayo. I had no need for the ketchup or mustard bottles placed nearby and after minimal assembly took a big bite of greasy goodness. The mayo is decadent, sure, but it complements the well-done patty nicely. Feeling extra naughty? Order a side of onion rings ($4.25), fries (2.95) or Grandma's Homemade Chili ($3.75.)

Just don't forget: Skinny's Place is cash only.

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Last modified: November 15, 2013
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