By Mike Thayer
It just looks inviting, doesn't it?
It was lunchtime during a recent business trip to the Kansas City area and I was driving from one visit location and on my way to another, but looking for a place to stop for a bite. I wasn't sure what I was in the mood for, the only thing I knew is I wanted to try something local, or at least some place I've never eaten at before. It unveiled itself to me at a stop light - Wahlburgers!
I've been wanting to try this place for awhile, but have not been in a town that has one. Wahlburgers is a casual dining burger and bar chain owned by chef Paul Wahlberg and his more famous brothers, actors Donnie Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg (a.k.a. Marky Mark is his rapping days). As of January 2021, there are 49 Wahlburgers franchise locations in the United States.
Boy did I pick the right spot to have lunch! I had a seat at the bar and was greeted warmly by the bartender who had a big smile and after saying "Hello!" with great enthusiasm asked me if I had ever been to Wahlburgers before. Letting her know it was a first time visit, she quickly showed me the option to scan the menu and then asked if I preferred to look at a traditional menu. I went traditional. Meanwhile, she poured me my drink of choice as I perused the menu, Aly was her name.
Wahlburgers "Our Burger" & Fries
Wahlburgers has seven different specialty burger options on their menu, a nice selection and not too busy. And what's nice is they offer a toppings menu so you can customize your burger. They also have a nice variety of salads, sides, starters and other sandwich options to choose from. Everything on the menu looks great!
But I was here for a burger, so I went with the "Our Burger" an all beef burger, with "government" (American) cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles & Chef Paul’s signature Wahl Sauce.
Not missing a beat in seeing that I was done reviewing the menu, Aly took my order and in placing my order, she flashed that big smile, upsold me to include bacon on my burger. Because everything is better with bacon right?
It wasn't long before my burger and fries were placed before me. The visual appeal was fantastic with a spot on presentation. A picture perfect burger alongside a little basket of golden brown fries. Eating with my eyes first, I couldn't wait to bite into that toasted bun, what looked like a perfectly prepared burger patty, that melted cheese and SUPER fresh veggies!
A perfectly prepared burger, everything was spot on!
I wasn't disappointed, this burger DELIVERED ON FLAVOR! This burger was juicy, seasoned well, I got layers of flavor with the tartness of the pickle, balanced out with crispy lettuce, onion and fresh red tomato, but what puts this burger over the top is the special sauce. It's not like a McDonald's or Thousand Island dressing hybrid, it's SO much more, it was fantastic, but not overpowering. This burger was perfectly dressed, letting that beef shine.
Costing me $11.99 for the "Our Burger" with bacon and a side of fries which were golden/brown delicious and perfectly seasoned, so good I didn't need ketchup, I'm giving Wahlburgers 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. This is an upscale burger joint and it's well worth the price. This was one of the best burgers I've had in quite awhile, I intentionally didn't order anything elaborate, I stayed with the burger basics and this burger was fantastic, the execution in preparation was spot on! The food was stellar, the service was top notch and if I didn't have to drive back to Wichita that day I probably would have had dinner there as well! Thank you Wahlburgers! If you have a Wahlburgers near you and you haven't tried it yet, you've GOT to do so! If you've already tried it, I know you're a repeat customer, that's how good Wahlburgers is.
The Wahlburgers visited on this occasion is located at 11935 South Black Bob Road, Olathe Pointe, Olathe, Kansas 66062. Great service, great food, and Aly is a food service professional, attentive, asked all the right questions, I didn't have to ask for a drink refill, she was sure to ask how my meal was, and yes, it was DELICIOUS!
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