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.
For a Tuesday Burger Challenge lunch, I hit Ty's Diner. The 'Diner' in the name is kind of a misnomer, it's a burger place. They've been flipping burgers at Ty's since the 1950's and it's very popular with area burger lovers.
Having a seat at the counter, I was greeted nicely. There was no need to look at the menu, I ordered the bacon cheeseburger, the hand cut fries for a side and a soda to wash it down with.
Made to order, my burger was delivered to me by the Burger Master himself, piping hot and smelling delicious. Ty's serves up their burgers pre-cut in half, which makes for an easier eat. In taking that first bite, the burger patty had a great flat top crust and even though cooked well done, remained juicy and was seasoned perfectly. I was going to write that Ty's does their burgers up Freddy's Style, thin with a great crust, but that wouldn't be accurate. Ty's has been around a lot longer, so the truth is, Freddy's does their burgers Ty's Diner style, thin with a great crust! I wonder if Freddy's got the... Never mind... The lettuce was fresh, the tomato was juicy, the onion added a nice punch, the pickle provided a pleasant tart element and the bacon was crisp but with exception to the lettuce, I didn't get all those flavors in every bite. The bun was nicely dressed with mustard and while there was a golden brown look to the toast on the bun, it was a bit saturated in grease.
Side Note: I was looking forward to sampling the hand cut, straight cut fries. They were delivered hot and fresh from the fryer, but they were under seasoned. I had to salt them. I always say the mark of a good fry, onion ring, tater tot or the like, is how good they are without dipping in a condiment. Really good sides are stand alone delicious, no condiment dipping needed. These fries needed ketchup. Sadly, they were average, straight cut fries.
Costing me $13.08 for the burger, fries and a drink, the Ty's Diner Bacon Cheeseburger scored 56 out of a possible 63 points earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. Just a few missteps on the execution of this burger prevented it from scoring even higher. Both the seasoning and crust on the patty were stellar. Reasonably priced, Ty's makes a fine burger worthy of a repeat buy, but I think I'll try a different side next time I visit.
Located at 928 West 2nd St N, Wichita, KS 67203, the service at Ty's Diner was excellent. Professional, courteous and attentive, the service I received made it easy to tip well.
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Related: Other burger joints reviewed so far
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