Pies on Pi Day at Nation’s Giant Burgers [TGLRC #42]

Raspberry Cheesecake

Nation’s Raspberry Cheesecake

Nation’s Giant Hamburgers
1424 First St
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 373-8132
nationsrestaurants.com
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When a date like March 14th, 2015 rolls around, it’s time to get a little excited. That’s because 3.1415 comes around on the calendar only once per century.

How do you celebrate an occasion like this? Pie of course!

So my wife and I rolled on over to Nation’s Giant Hamburgers, restaurant #42 of The Great Livermore Restaurant Challenge.

Nations is an interesting place. It’s like a diner, but they specialize in three things: burgers, breakfast and pies. They have a few other things on the menu but they don’t stray much.

nations-burgers-05We ordered up a couple of Cheeseburgers ($5.10 each), an order of Fries ($1.95), a Medium Soda ($1.95 each), and of course a couple slices of pie. My wife went for the classic, their small Apple Pie ($2.85). I, on the other hand have a sweeter tooth, and went for the small Raspberry Cheesecake ($3.75).

Cheesecake – wait, is that a pie? Some say it’s not, but I say it is. It has a crust and filling. That’s the definition of pie right? It’s a hotly debated subject; just google “is cheesecake a pie?” for hours of entertainment.

The restaurant was pretty busy. I asked the cashier if it was busier than normal being Pi day and all. She replied, “Yeah, we’re almost out!” as pointed to the backroom to the empty racks in the back. Turns out Pi day is a good day to sell pies.

3/4 lb. Cheeseburger

3/4 lb. Cheeseburger

After about 10 minutes, our order was ready. If you haven’t been to Nation’s, their burgers really are huge; heavy too. At 3/4 lb., you’d have to order three Ins-n-Outs to match up. You definitely get what you pay for.

While we didn’t have breakfast, the person ahead of us did. Their omelet, hash browns and toast were literally hanging off the plate. It made me second guess my order. Nation’s mission is quantity and they really live up to their name.

So how was the pie? The cheesecake was sweet and smooth, but too sweet for my wife’s taste. That just meant more creamy raspberry sweet goodness for me. She was already stuffed from her meal and decided to take her apple pie home. That’s the problem with places that serve big portions and great desert. Sometime you just don’t have the room.

If you’re up for a great meal, Nation’s has diner basics covered at a superb value. With their giant portions, you will not go hungry here.

What do you think of Nation’s? How to you like their pies? Share your experience in the comments below.

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