A new month means a new bucket list here at AY About You. This month, it’s all about burgers, and Heather Baker started the tour off strong at DeLuca’s in Hot Springs.
“They have one of the best burgers in the state of Arkansas,” Baker says.
What makes the burger at DeLuca’s special is hard to see — but when you get a taste, it immediately becomes clear what all the fuss is about. Proprietor Anthony Valinoti wastes no part of the simple sandwich, which is served with only a crown of cheese and a few pickles on the side. The buns are shipped to Hot Springs from Pennsylvania, and the meat is a special blend from a Brooklyn-based butcher.
After breaking down the love that goes into the burger at the eatery, it’s time to dive in. And it’s time for Baker to make a bold statement, showing just how much she adores this dish.
“This is my favorite burger in Arkansas,” Baker says. “It is so good.”
But DeLuca’s is also just as well known — if not more — for its pizza. So it wouldn’t be a complete visit to Valinoti’s establishment without getting at least a few slices of New York pie strewn into the mix. And some pasta, which he and his staff make by hand every day.
Tune in next week to see what else is in store for the Burger Bucket List tour.
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