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.