Best Chrome & Leatherette Burger Joint: Inviting a descent into gluttony
Hazel's Drive In
1820 W. 10th St.
Black and white squares on the floor; Formica counter and chrome and red leatherette stools. They've been redone since Hazel's first opened in the '50s, but don't have that fake-old look. On the wall, a photo of cars with tailfins lined up from back in the days of skating waitresses. Customers claim Pittsburg High boys would park facing out, in getaway mode, due to a fierce rivalry with the Antioch High boys. Also on the wall: sheets of paper with hand-lettered kudos from diners who ate a certain number of one-pound Willy Burgers, which were named for Hazel's son. The champion glutton, as of early April, downed nine in a sitting. The drive-in uses high-quality ground meat and all the right stuff -- like iceberg lettuce (no designer leaves here). Steak sandwiches, chicken, fish -- sure enough. But the burgers are the deal. The basic cost about five bucks, and you can add plenty of gourmet items such as bacon (crisp but not burned), jack cheese, and barbecue sauce. Don't forget to order big chunky fries cut a few minutes ago, and classic milkshakes brought to you in the silver mixing container, moisture beading on the outside.