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YOLO Grill

8 Aug

There are many restaurants in town to get a burger and fries, so in order to be successful,  an establishment has to set itself apart from the others. Keeping the menu simple and not cutting many corners are two easy ways to accomplish this in my opinion. YOLO (You Only Live Once) Grill is just a simple restaurant making simple food, but they know how to do it right.

YOLO is located on West St. just north of Central in an old Sonic building. It’s conveniently painted a lovely shade of fluorescent green just in case you are having trouble finding it. There isn’t much seating inside the small eatery, so be prepared to wait for a seat during the peak lunchtime hour. The menu is pretty straightforward, but does offer some variety. The backbone of the food offerings are their hamburgers and they have several to choose from.

The YOLO burger with Fried Egg

The YOLO burger with Fried Egg

You can have your simple bacon and cheese or up the ante with a fried egg, pulled pork, hot links, or avocado. There are also fish and chips, a BLT, chicken strips, a lighter grilled chicken wrap, and a reuben sandwich. Sides include delicious fried treats such as fries, O-rings, okra, and pickles. For those preparing for an eating contest or just looking for a challenge, they offer “The Tombstone”, a six patty monster burger.

Luckily we visited YOLO on a Saturday, when the reuben is offered, so I went with it. My sister opted for a cheeseburger with a fried egg, and my son got a grilled hot dog although he was eyeing the basket of suckers on the counter intently.

As an aficionado of Reuben sandwiches, I was eager to sample YOLO’s offering as they make their own corned beef. I am rather familiar with corning beef and was impressed that a restaurant is willing to take the extra time to do this.

Reuben Perfection

Reuben Perfection

Piled high with thick cut corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and dressing it tasted like everything you could hope for in a reuben. The tender, flavorful corned beef and indulgent amounts of melted swiss made this one of the best reubens I have ever had.  My only complaint was that the bread wasn’t the traditional rye, but I am willing to overlook this. The basic thick cut fries that came with my meal were perfectly cooked and well seasoned.

The single patty hamburger was a solid effort, that was highlighted by the gently charred crust of the meat disk. YOLO uses an open flame grill for cooking so they can impart that flavor onto the meat as well as keep the grease in check. The burger was a touch overdone, but nothing to really complain about. The fried egg added a little flair to the basic burger.

My son seemed to enjoy his ketchup laden hot dog and fries. When ordering a hot dog you have the option of having it grilled or fried, while we went with the grilled version, I can imagine you can’t go wrong with a deep fried hot dog.

I was happy to see the pride that goes into the food at YOLO. While the menu offerings are nothing new to Wichita, if you like American comfort food done right this is a great place to check out.

 

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Bionic Burger (Home of Six Million Dollar and Calorie Burger)

15 Nov

Bionic Burger is right up there with Nu-Way when you talk about iconic burger places in Wichita. They have been in operation for over 30 years and currently have four locations in the area. Luckily for us, the newest location on East 21st near Woodlawn is rather convenient when we are in the mood for a fast and tasty meat disk.

The menus at all four Bionic locations are essentially the same and quite expansive for “just a burger place”. They offer several different burgers, plus a who’s who of classic comfort foods including: a pork sandwich, hot dogs, chicken fingers, grilled cheese, chili, o-rings, etc. Shakes and malts are also available in case you have any room for dessert.

The Epic Burger Combo

The Six Million Calorie Double in All Its Glory

On this visit I was feeling bold and decided to go with the Six Million Dollar Burger along with some of their fresh cut fries. I was under the impression I would be getting a half pound cheese burger with some veggies, instead I unwrapped a monster. Apparently when my sister had placed the order at the drive thru, she had ordered a double, leaving me with the most intimidating 1lb burger I had ever laid eyes on.

The first order of business was to bisect this mass into edible pieces. Once that was accomplished I was able to enjoy this pretty solid burger. The patty, while a bit thin for my liking, was properly seasoned and surprisingly juicy. Plenty of gooey cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes were icing on this protein based cake. Sadly the bun was not quite up to the challenge of supporting all of this deliciousness. After a few bites, it quickly deflated and broke into pieces, no doubt the victim of too much grease and the basic principles of physics. I pride myself in being able to finish just about anything I order at a restaurant, but it was not happening on this day. I doubt whether the bionic man himself would have been able to finish off this bad boy.  Did I mention the burger came with a far too generous serving of delicious fries? These thick-cut, crispy fries were top notch.

For a quick burger you can’t go wrong with Bionic Burger. Their large portions and tasty food is tough competition for any fast food joint in town.

http://www.bionic-burger.com/

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West Street Burgers – Wichta KS

18 Nov

Always in search of a good meat disk we stopped by West  Street Burgers the other day. The aptly named burger joint is  located on West St. just south of Douglas. To be precise we opted for the drive-thru on this visit because West Street Burgers is just a small shack with rather limited dine-in options. Shockingly the focal point of the menu at West Street are their burgers. They come in several different sizes and all are served with mustard, onions, and chopped pickles. Hmmm that combination seems similar to one of the more famous burger places in Wichita. I thought Nuway had a copyright on that condiment combination, but perhaps West Street has discovered some loophole. Besides burgers  they offer a few other sandwiches as well as an assortment of fried side items.

We both went with cheeseburgers, Steph the single and I the double.  For some added variation we ordered fries and onion rings respectively. Unfortunately we had to drive all the back to the eastside before we could indulge in our greasy goodness. In some respects driving with warm burgers in the car can be just as dangerous as texting while driving. That intoxicating smell is very powerful and its ability to distract you from the task at hand should not be underestimated. Once home we discovered a nice grease spot on my fine GM upholstery, but were too hungry to care all that much.

The burgers were good, although the patties themselves were no marvel of hamburgery. They were your typical semi-thin, well done patty, but at least they were moist and tasted fresh. We both agreed that the best part of the burger was the delicious butter toasted bun. Even after the car ride the buns retained their crispness and distinct butter flavor.   As for the fried goods, they were average. The onion rings were homemade, but could have used a bit more flavor in the batter. And as one internet reviewer noted the fries are in fact made from potatoes, which is always good, but we didn’t find them particularly amazing.

For the price West Street Burgers is a great deal, as our lunch cost around $11. For a fast burger this is a real good place to check out, especially since it is located right next to a Sonic. While sitting in the drive-thru you can gaze at all those poor people waiting for a Sonic burger and find some satisfaction in the fact that you have chosen your burger purveyors wisely.

The minute I saw this place my mind immediately thought, “This must be the Sport Burger of the westside”. Indeed it has many similarities to the greatness that is Sport Burger, but in my not-so-humble opinion Sport Burger is still tops. You just can’t beat their greasy burgers and grilled onions.

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