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WEST RIDGE — To batter and deep-fry a burger is to plunge, head first, into state fair territory. It’s thumbing the nose at your cardiologist, an open invitation for Guy Fieri to saunter in and scream, “Flavortown!” It is America on a bun.

Ivan Resendiz, owner of VPT, 5754 N. Western Ave., had none of this in mind when he and/or his wife, Veronica — the couple still debate who came up with idea — put a deep-fried burger on the menu.

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“I was hungry. I just wanted something deep-fried that day,” Ivan Resendiz said.

“I actually made it the first time,” Veronica Resendiz said.

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