Oddly enough, until today I had never heard of George Motz, the creator of the Food Film Festival, the writer of “Hamburger America” book, star of the “Hamburger America” Film, developer of the Burger GPS (the iPhone app which helps you find the best burgers anywhere in the USA), and now host of the Travel Channel’s “Burger Land.”
Too bad Mr. Motz was not able to visit Press’s in Pageland, SC, before it closed. His burgers were the best I ever ate. I have fond memories of stopping by his diner after cheerleader practices, school, or ball games, and I always had a burger and fries. Press didn’t use pre-formed patties. He made his burgers by hand, and I’ve never figured out exactly what he put on them, but they were fantastic. Whatever his secret was, it disappeared with him, and his diner has been replaced by Burger King, Hardee’s, and McDonald’s. It’s just not the same anymore.