By Mike Thayer
I'm traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from any joint that has burgers on the menu, local, regional, national chain, it doesn't matter. In order to determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, I'll have to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough). For the burger criteria, click here.
For a Tuesday burger lunch, I stopped at Fizz Burgers & Bottles. In full disclosure I'm a fan. I'm not a regular, but I do visit there on occasion, you know you're going to get a good burger there, guaranteed, and it's also a great place for a casual date. Shout outs to Lori S., my partner during the pandemic and Vicki S., whose beautiful blue eyes are always a pleasure to gaze upon.
Entering the place at a about 11:15am, there were already a number of customers seated and enjoying some burgers. I was greeted warmly by the two ladies at the counter and found a seat at a nearby table. Mariah quickly introduced herself, provided me a menu and asked what I would like to drink. After taking my drink order she zipped off to fill it as I perused the menu. Fizz has a great lineup of burgers, but what I like about this place is you can build your own. Sure, there are other places that do that, but some burger joints aren't so willing. What separates Fizz from others, is they encourage it. In looking at the menu, I was having trouble deciding between the House Burger and the Bacon Burger. The House Burger features a homemade roasted garlic sauce (Yum!), homemade garlic dill pickles (love those), fresh shredded lettuce and tomato. With that burger choice I would have to add cheese and bacon to make the burger compliant with the Challenge criteria. The Bacon Burger highlights Cheddar cheese and Applewood smoked bacon, along with a special zesty mustard sauce (tasty!). I wanted features from both, so I kind of combined them, opting for the Bacon Cheeseburger with that home made zesty mustard sauce combined with all the toppings from the House Burger.
I have to say I built a near flawless burger... When Mariah took my burger order and said, "I'll be back shortly with your burger." She wasn't kidding! What Mariah and Fizz delivered to my table was a burger that hit almost every single high note that you look for in a great bacon cheeseburger. That 1/2 pound of beef was perfectly seasoned and SUPER juicy. The bacon, even though applied using the dreaded "X" method (there's a ding on the score because you don't get bacon in every bite), was perfectly cooked and robust with flavor. The cheese had a good melt and you can tell it was done right, while the burger was still cooking which delivers a more robust cheese flavor. All the veggies were fresh and on point, especially those home made garlic dill pickles! Wrapping things up in a beautiful burger package was the toasted bun dressed in the special zesty mustard sauce. It was all a BIG DOSE OF YUM!
Side Note: I really like sweet potato fries (I think I'm starting to prefer them over regular fries) and Fizz also has a great variety of dipping sauces to go with them. I opted for the garlic aioli this time but only because I completely forgot they have a pecan dipper that's awesome (My bad Vicki). These were good sweet potato fries, seasoned well and the garlic aioli was a nice compliment, but I feel obligated to report they're not the best SP fries out there. That tidbit of info will become available at the conclusion of this challenge.
Costing me $19.88 for the burger and side, the Fizz Burgers & Bottles Bacon Cheeseburger scored 60 points out of a possible 63, earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. This was the most expensive burger so far in this Challenge, but also one of the highest scoring, one of the tastiest. An upscale burger weighing a 1/2 pound, utilizing the freshest ingredients and pairing it all with a one-of-a-kind sauce makes for an excellent burger experience, one very worthy of a repeat buy. The 1/4 pound version is available for $12. And here's another tell on how good this place is, by the time I left at around 11:45am, the place was nearly full with customers.
Located at 7718 E 37th St N, Wichita, KS 67226, the service provided by Mariah matched the greatness of the burger. She was friendly, had a great smile, she was informative and very attentive. From the time you walk in to the time you say thank you and good bye, Fizz Burgers & Bottles is a great burger experience, in every facet. So if you haven't already tried this place, I highly recommend you make plans to do so.
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Related: Other burger joints reviewed so far
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