The Biloxi Sun Herald, September 8, 2004, Page B9, Living/Food Section
Gulfport's Biff-Burger may be gone, but folks who enjoyed the 15-cent burgers are quick to share their pleasant eating experiences.
Perhaps it was the roto-broiled method in which the burgers were cooked, or perhaps it was Larry W. and Doris Mahalak, the friendly and caring owners that made Biff-Burger and their sauce so good.
Biff-Burger, for those who moved to the Coast after the early 1970s, was located on Pass Road at the Hardy Court Shopping Center.
In the September 1st column, Dora Harrison requested the Biff-Burger sauce recipe. She remembered the "tasty red sauce" so well.
Well, Doris Mahalak, whom I've known for years but didn't know was one of the Biff-Burger owners, brought me the recipe. It is for a large quantity. I played with the recipe and cut it some, but, trust me, the recipe will still make a lot of sauce.
Biff-Burger was a chain of drive-up burger stands out of Florida. During the '50s and '60s, there was a string of them from Florida to Texas. The Biff in Biff-Burger stands for "Best in Fast Food."
A Web site is dedicated to the Biff-Burger story, and it's fascinating reading even for those of us who didn't grow up near a Biff-Burger. William P. Maner Jr. of Biloxi sent me the Web site address as well as the address for the sauce recipe. Sure enough, the sauce recipe online and Mahalak's are one and the same.
To check out the Web site, go to www.geocities.com/cavevader/
[Hey! That's the former web address for this site!]