Try as they might (for a whole three minutes on that there internets) ELV’s staff couldn’t track down the origin of the patty melt sandwich, or the genesis of the name.
Wikipedia and Saveur simply state the obvious: it is a griddle-d sandwich of ground beef, caramelized onions, and melted cheese on buttery, crispy, fried rye bread. Neither makes mention of how the whole becomes so much greater than the sum of its parts in the hand of a seasoned fry cook.
Du-par’s has just such a cook or two behind its counter — whose names we’ll probably never know — but who know how to properly grind beef, season it, place it between fresh rye with healthy slices of Swiss cheese, and griddle the whole enchilada into crispy, melted perfection. (We wish the onions were a bit more caramelized, but the beef is so good, we won’t quibble.)
It costs $9.50.
Just thought you’d like to know.
In the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino
1 Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101