By Aaron Kinney
Friday, February 16th, 2007 at 2:49 pm in Uncategorized.
Before it changed hands, the pub was called the Prince of Wales and it was known for its ramshackle appearance, darts tournaments and spicy food. (The bar was actually called The Swingin’ Door once before; Jack Curry changed the name to the Prince of Wales when he took over in 1974.)
Among all the items on the menu, Curry’s habanero hamburger was king. For some Silicon Valley employees, coercing new co-workers to eat the burger, which was topped with a homemade hot pepper sauce, developed into a ritual.
We noted in our article that Curry’s famous recipe is no longer on the menu. But new owner Warren Chapman called to inform us that the burger has been resurrected with a new recipe. The sauce is still hot and the burger itself might be better, Chapman said.
“It’s a similar approach, where we put the actual paste, the sauce, on the burger and slow cook it on the grill,” Chapman said. “But the recipe is a lot different (and) the taste is a lot different.”
Chapman invited the people at Silicon Graphics and anyone else grieving the old burger to give the new one a try.
Chapman said he’s learned from experience that habanero peppers, some of the world’s hottest peppers, don’t come cheap. In fact, prices are rising, he said. When he inquired as to why they were getting more expensive, he was told that domestic pepper growers were struggling with the high costs of workers compensation claims filed by field workers who’d touched their eyes or gone to the bathroom after handling the peppers.
“Habanero farming is a dangerous occupation,” Chapman deadpanned.
We can’t verify the accuracy of Chapman’s account at this time, but we thought it was worth passing along.