By Mike Thayer
Regular readers know that I've been traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from just about any joint that has burgers on the menu. It doesn't really matter who, I've sampled burgers from local joints, regional restaurants and the national chains. To determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, a broad sampling has to be taken in order to measure the best. I'm on a mission in the name of "burger science" (cough). For the burger criteria, click here.
Nearing completion of this Burger Challenge and having traveled north, south, east and west in the Wichita Metro, today's Burger Challenge lunch took me to Derby and Little Buster's Bar & Grill.
Here's a snippet from their website: Little Busters is a Derby tradition. With the best burgers in town, 18 TVs, and all the games on. Happy Hour 3-6 Everyday. It's the place to be with friends.
How is that NOT a place to try? C'mon, burgers and beer? Any place that says they have the best burgers in town is a must try right?
I walked in for an early dinner burger at about 3:45pm. The bar was already pretty loaded up with patrons, so I found a seat at a nearby table. Ryan, my server, introduced himself and provided me a menu. I ordered a Miller Lite to start things off and perused the menu. It's a great looking menu that goes well above and beyond typical bar food, to include such appetizers like Buster's Bangarang Shrimp, Pub Pickles, Fried Green Beans and something I'm definitely trying next time I'm in, Fried Ravs!
In making my burger order, I went with the Buster's Original Buster Burger, a double with bacon and for my side I did the waffle fries, which isn't a typical offering on most bar & grill menus. It didn't take long for my burger to arrive. A classic 'Texas' or 'Southern' style burger, the patties are 1/3 pound each, both covered with superbly melted American cheese. The beef was perfectly cooked, tender, super juicy and seasoned well. The bun had a nice toast, the sauteed onions packed some great flavor but I didn't get enough of them. The dressing of mustard combined with the pickles provided those great tart notes balancing out the beef and bacon. The bacon, applied using the dreaded 'X' method, was nice and crisp.
Side Note: The waffle fries were quite tasty. flawlessly fried and seasoned well, these fries met the standard of stand alone delicious, no ketchup or other dipping required.
Costing me $13.98 for the burger and waffle fries, the Little Buster's Original Buster Burger with bacon scored 56 out of a possible 63 points earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. Reasonably priced, this was a very satisfying burger dinner and I would order it again in a heartbeat.
Located at 457 N Baltimore Ave, Derby, KS 67037 the service at Little Buster's Bar & Grill was excellent. Ryan was friendly, conversational, informative and didn't miss a beat from the time he set the menu down in front of me to when I let him know I was ready to settle up. Stellar service.
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Related: Other burger joints reviewed so far
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