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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does Local Flavor rate?

Local Flavor
5400 E Central Ave, Wichita, KS 67208

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.

Local Flavor "The Local" Cheeseburger w/bacon add
Nice burger presentation, w/natural cut fries

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 Local Flavor Grill and Tapworks on East Central.  Opening last summer in a space previously occupied by Gallery 54 Antiques, Owner Jeremy Snyder came to local burger fame as the Owner of Broadway Burgers & BBQ.  He's taken his new operation upscale with a menu that features not only burgers and BBQ, but local beer, sandwiches, salads, tacos, fish & chips, a smoked salmon dip appetizer and much more.

Under the lid review
Bacon applied using the dreaded "X" method

I walked in a bit after 11 am and was nicely greeted by Vicki who was busy doing some prep work.  It's open seating at Local Flavor so I grabbed a table near the bar and as it turns out, a table in Vicki's section.  She took my drink order, a water, as I looked over the menu and waited for my lunch date to arrive.  The Local Flavor menu has a lot of great sounding options, but yes, I already knew what I was going to order and in this case I ordered what Local Flavor calls, "The Local," a classic cheeseburger.  Served with cheddar cheese, I requested lettuce, tomato, raw onion, pickle and a bacon add.  If you're familiar with the Broadway Burgers & BBQ way of doing things, you have to request toppings, it's not an 'automatically comes with' thing, so naturally, it's the same set up at Local Flavor.  For my side, I went with the fries.  My lunch date, also named Vicki, ordered the Bacon Bleu burger with a side of fries.

Local Flavor "The Local" Cheeseburger
Check out the steam coming off the beef!

It didn't take long for our burgers to arrive and they were steaming hot!  With the history of Broadway Burgers in mind, I was looking forward to an upscale burger bite, but in taking that first one, the takeaway was how under seasoned the beef was.  It was a generous amount of beef, had a decent crust and was juicy, but it was rather bland tasting.  So was Vicki's Bleu burger which was also under seasoned and could have used a bit more Bleu.  We both reached for the salt and pepper.  The bacon was crispy and had good flavor, but was applied using the "X" method so I didn't get bacon in every bite.  The veggies were for the most part on point, the cheese had a great melt elevating the cheddar flavor to robust and there was a nice toast on the bun.   

Local Flavor Grill and Tapworks
That's a mouthful of burger!

Side Note:  The natural cut fries were kind of a downer.  Way under seasoned, they were also a bit wimpy, lacking a good exterior crispiness and the potato inside was a bit soggy rather than fluffy.  Both Vicki S. and I had to salt our fries and dunk in ketchup, I even added some mayo to the mix.  The fries either didn't get the benefit of a second fry, or the oil temp wasn't hot enough. 

Costing me $13.98 for the burger and fries, the Local Flavor Grill and Tapworks "The Local" cheeseburger with a bacon add scored 55 out of a possible 63 points earning it 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  The lack of seasoning kind of handcuffed this particular Burger Challenge lunch.  It's a reasonably priced bar & grill burger w/fries, an overall good burger, but not great.  Of note, Local Flavor takes $2 off all burgers on Wednesdays. 

4 stars

Located at 5400 E Central Ave, Wichita, KS 67208, the service at Local Flavor was excellent.  Vicki provided great service, she was friendly and attentive.   Vicki S. and I both stated we'd come back again, looking forward to trying another menu option, probably those tacos!

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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does Whiskey Dick's rate?

Whiskey Dick's
801 S Seneca St, Wichita, KS 67213

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 Whiskey Dick's which according to their website, specializes in whiskey (it's in the name after all and their line up of whiskeys is impressive) and BURGERS.  Here's a snippet of description from their about page:  Whiskey Dicks is the ultimate sports bar & grill, specializing in whiskey and burgers. Located Just south of Kellogg on Seneca, we are home to one of the largest whiskey selections in Wichita with over 400 different whiskeys. While we specialize in burgers like our version of the Juicy Lucy called the Richard Dick, we also offer tasty food to suit any appetite.

Whiskey Dick's Classic Cheeseburger w/bacon add
Nice presentation, check out the bacon topped mac & cheese

I walked in about a minute after opening time, 11am for my first meal of the day.  I found a seat at the bar and was warmly greeted by Heather who was tending bar.  She grabbed me a Miller Lite per my request and provided a menu.  Yes, I already knew what I was going to order, but I do still like to check out the menu on site, in case I missed something online.  After reviewing the menu and setting it down, Heather was on top of things and asked me what I wanted to order.  I went with their Classic Cheeseburger with a bacon add and instead of the default fries side, I opted for the mac & cheese.  Heather turned and started punching in my order, verbalizing it as she hit the screen, "Cheeseburger with bacon and a mac & cheese."  This becomes key later...

The under the lid reveal
A little sparse on the pickle, but where's the?...

Having a prime seat at the bar I was able to take in some football highlights on ESPN while listening to three guys down a few seats talk about their betting successes and losses over the weekend.  After kind of listening in on the "Could'a, should'a, would'a" regarding players, teams and coaches from the three guys, my burger arrived.

A nice presentation, I just HAD to take a bite of the mac & cheese before taking the under the lid burger pics. Whiskey Dick's makes a stellar mac & cheese, the best I've had so far in this Challenge.  Nodding my head in approval, the YUM factor on the side made me all that more excited about biting into the burger.  But then the under the lid reveal was a let down.  There was no bacon on this burger!  Because this was a review situation, I didn't say anything.  What I am presented is what gets scored.  After taking a few pics, I took that first bite.

Whiskey Dick's Classic Cheeseburger
There's no bacon on this burger...

The patty was tender, juicy and seasoned perfectly.  The cheddar had a great melt, bringing out the fullness of cheddar cheese flavor.  The red onion had a nice sweetness to it and the rest of the veggies were spot on with flavor but the pickle was a bit sparse.  There was a good toast on the bun but preventing this burger from cracking my Top 10 List...  The lack of bacon.  Seriously.  This burger packed some great flavors and it's unfortunate the bacon wasn't part of it.  Bacon would have pushed this burger into elite status.

Side Note:  As I stated earlier, Whiskey Dick's makes a stellar mac and cheese.  The pasta was perfectly cooked, the coverage of cheese sauce was excellent and robust with flavor.  Topping things off were those bacon bits...  a nice touch and a perfect flavor pairing with the creamy cheese, a delightful crispy texture contrast to the soft pasta.  Everything is better with bacon!

Whiskey Dick's Receipt
My burger order was entered correctly

Costing me $6.98 before tax for the burger and side, the Whiskey Dick's Classic Cheeseburger with a bacon add (but not added) scored 57 points out of a possible 63, earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Despite the lack of bacon, well, I've already said what needed to be said...  I find myself playing the same game those three guys talking bets at the bar were playing...  "Could'a, Should'a, Would'a..."    Bottom line, Whiskey Dick's Classic Cheeseburger is most definitely worthy of a repeat buy, anytime, not just on 1/2 price Wednesdays.

5 stars

Whiskey Dick's Classic Cheeseburger
Tender, juicy, perfectly seasoned beef.

Located at 801 S Seneca St, Wichita, KS 67213, the service at Whiskey Dick's is top notch.  Heather was friendly, attentive and didn't miss a beat on anything.  Other staff members busy about the bar were equally friendly and attentive as well, ensuring I enjoyed my burger experience.

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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does Ty's Diner rate?

Ty's Diner
928 West 2nd St N, Wichita, KS 67203

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. 

Ty's Diner Bacon Cheeseburger
The aroma emanating off this burger was stellar!

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.

The under the lid reveal
The veggies were good, but I didn't get all those great flavors together, in every bite.

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.

5 stars

Ty's Diner Bacon Cheeseburger
That's a great flat top crust, creating another layer of flavor.

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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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does TJ's Burger House rate?

TJ's Burger House
1003 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67213

By Mike Thayer

I've been 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'm on a mission to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

Today's Burger Challenge lunch took me to the beautiful Delano District and TJ's Burger House.  TJ's is an award winning burger joint, a Wichita Eagle Reader's Choice Favorite for Best Burger back in 2015.

TJ's Burger House Bacon Cheeseburger
Good looking basket!

I stopped in a bit after 11am for my first meal of the day.  I was greeted nicely and it was open seating so I parked it in view of a TV and ESPN football highlights.   My waitress took my drink order, quickly returned with it and then placed my burger order for their Bacon Cheeseburger with a side of tater tots.  

After checking out the sports highlights and doing some texting, my made to order 1/2 pound burger was delivered piping hot, there was steam coming off the patty when I pulled back the lid for pics!  I almost burned my fingers holding the patty to take one - damn auto focus!  It wouldn't focus due to the steam.

TJ's Burger House Bacon Cheeseburger
NICE portion of bacon, it was crispy bacon in every bite!

After pics, I took that first bite.  The beef was tender but unevenly seasoned and a bit over cooked resulting in a dry bite.  TJ's knows how to apply bacon though!  The portion was generous and perfectly cooked, delivering a wonderful crispiness in each mouthful.  The veggies were fresh, there was a perfect dose of creamy mayo but the bun lacked a good toast. 

Side Note:  The tots were good, they were nicely fried, seasoned well enough and had a decent crunch on the exterior.   We're talking tots here, it's a frozen pre-packaged product a restaurant just has to fry right and season correctly.  I don't think anybody in town makes their tots from scratch so it really is a matter of oil at the right temp, fried for the perfect amount of time, seasoned evenly right after the fry.  It's about execution.  These weren't the best I've had, but they're certainly not the worst I've sampled during the course of this Challenge.  I'd call these above average. 

TJ's Burger House
Unevenly seasoned, dry patty.

Costing me $17.74 for the burger, tots and a drink, TJ's Burger House Bacon Cheeseburger scored 57 points out of a possible 63, earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Overall, it's a tasty burger, but falls into the lower tier of the 5 star rated group in terms of both points scored and the cost.   There are better burgers out there for a lower price.

5 stars

Located at 1003 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67213 the service at TJ's Burger House was top notch, friendly, courteous and attentive.  I enjoyed my visit and you can tell this is a popular lunch time spot, the tables were really starting to fill up with hungry patrons as I was leaving.

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How does Five Guys rate in the Best Burger in the Metro Challenge?

Five Guys
2929 N Rock Rd Suite 110, Wichita, KS 67226

By Mike Thayer

I've been 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'm on a mission to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

Five Guys is an award winning Fast Casual burger chain, winning the coveted Zagat award for Best Burger and unseating perennial champ In-N-Out Burger back in 2010.  And they kept winning, scoring the Harris Poll's Burger Brand of the Year award in 2017 and 2018.  They won a 2022 "Fasties" award for Best Fast Casual French Fries in April. They've won multiple awards in multiple categories over the last decade-plus beating notable competitors like Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Shake Shack, Smashburger, Whataburger and Zaxby's.  They've also cleaned up against the likes of Burger King, Carl's Jr., McDonald's, and Wendy's, no real surprise there.

Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger
Two patties, a 1/2 pounder.

So with that reputation in mind, I went to Five Guys for my burger lunch today, ordering their Bacon Cheeseburger.  Here's the description from the Five Guy's website:  Fresh patties hot off the grill with American-style cheese and crispy apple-wood smoked bacon. Placed on a soft, toasted sesame seed bun. Choose as many toppings as you want.  That's something I really appreciate at Five Guys, they don't charge extra for additional toppings.   I ordered my burger "All the Way' which means it came with tomatoes, pickles, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, mayonnaise, lettuce, and mustard.  And I wasn't limited to that, I could have added raw onions, relish, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, BBQ sauce, hot sauce or A-1 Sauce at no additional charge.

Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger
Bacon in every bite!

My made to order burger was stacked tall, it was a challenge getting a complete first bite mouthful.  Five Guys cooks all their burgers until well done (160 degree internal temp) using a smashburger style of prep so you're not going to get any pink running through meat.  But that's OK, their proven process does not deny you a juicy burger.  Five Guys also knows how to apply bacon to a burger, it is a BACON cheeseburger after all, not a "Bacon on the side" burger...  But I digress.  All the toppings and condiments were for the most part spot on.  This burger was nicely balanced, scoring 8 points out of 9 points possible in each of 7 burger categories.

Five Guys under the lid reveal
Good coverage of veggies & condiments, but not the ripest tomato.

Side Note:  Even though Five Guys calls it a "Little Fry" on the menu, it's a very generous portion. I got one scoop to fill the container and it seems a second scoopfull was laying on the bottom of the brown bag the meal came in!  They were nicely fried, seasoned well and provided the lightly crisp on the outside, fluffy spud goodness on the inside bite you're looking for.  I can see why Five Guys has won an award for Best Fast Casual fries, but I'll drop a hint to be revealed in the final report, they're not the best fries I've had in this Challenge.

Costing me $16.87 to include tax for a 1/2 pound burger, "Little Fry" and a drink, the Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger scored a total of 56 points out of a possible 63, earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It may be on the higher end of pricing for a premium Fast Casual burger, but it's most definitely a repeat buy.  I've been to more than a couple places during the course of this Challenge and got 'nickle and dimed' for additional toppings, driving the price of the burger up past the Five Guy price.

5 stars

Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger "All The Way"
What a mouthful!

Located at 2929 N Rock Rd Suite 110, Wichita, KS 67226, the service at Five Guys was professional and efficient, the restaurant clean and orderly.  Arriving at close to 2:30pm, there were just two other customers in the place when I walked in but Five Guys was quickly hit with a mini rush, all of a sudden there was a line forming to order.   It was handled easily by the crew.

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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does Oasis Lounge rate?

Oasis Lounge

By Mike Thayer

I've been 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'm on a mission to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

Oasis Lounge "O" Burger with bacon
Good looking basket, but check out all the bacon NOT on the burger... A missed opportunity for bacon in every bite.

For today's Happy Monday burger lunch I traveled to the Oasis Lounge.  I've never visited this place before, but I've been told their original "O" Burger is a must try.  In the past, USA Today named the "O" Burger as a Top 10 burger of choice.

Strolling in at about 11:30am, I found a seat at the bar where Ashley the bartender greeted me, asked me what I wanted to drink and if I needed a menu.   After serving me up a cold bottle of Miller Lite, Ashley took my lunch order, the original "O" Burger that comes dressed with ketchup, mustard, pickle, onion and lettuce.  I added cheddar cheese and bacon to make it Burger Challenge legit.

Under the lid reveal
The one time I don't double-check my pics for blur...

Passing time watching ESPN and texting, my burger arrived, a good looking basket.  Oasis presents the "O" Burger cut in half, which makes for an easier eat.  In taking that first bite, the tenderness of the beef was remarkable, it was a 'fluffy' burger patty and juicy.  Unfortunately, it was unevenly seasoned.  Some bites were under seasoned and bland, other bites were nice and savory.  The bacon was crispy and flavorful, but too much of it was off the burger rather than on it, so I didn't get bacon in every bite.  There was good coverage with the lettuce, I got onion in every bite and the mustard and pickles provided some nice tart contrast to balance out the beef, bacon and cheese, but the bun wasn't anything special and lacked a decent toast.

Side Note:  While a generous portion of natural cut fries, they're weren't seasoned all that well and lacked that light, crisp exterior.  After sampling a few, I wished I had ordered the chips instead.

Oasis Lounge "O" Burger
A second blurry pic, ooops!  Tender, juicy burger patty, but unevenly seasoned.  It was like day and night, one half was good, the other half, bland.

Costing me $13.42 for the burger and fries, the Oasis Lounge "O" Burger scored a 55 out of 63 possible points, earning it 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  A reasonably priced bar & grill burger, this is a good burger, but not great and it's not a repeat buy because there are better burgers to be eaten in the ICT.  I'm not sure how long ago USA Today named the "O" Burger a Top 10 worthy burger, I don't see it.

4 stars

Located at 4121 W Maple St, Wichita, KS 67209, the service provided by Ashley was excellent.  Oasis opens at 6am for breakfast and they know how to treat their customers right!  It was interesting to watch Ashley and a guy I think was a beer vendor/distributor ensure there was enough beer on hand for tonight's Monday Night Football game AND the Thursday Night game featuring the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Los Angeles Chargers.  I'll be at my home bar for that one.

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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does the Green Mill rate?

Green MillBy Mike Thayer

I've been 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'm on a mission to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

Green Mill Four Cheese Bacon Burger
Nice presentation, pickles served on the side (pickles aren't for everybody) and a generous portion of sweet potato fries.

For my Friday night burger dinner I headed to the Green Mill.  Located on the corner of Rock and Kellogg, it's tucked away from the road a bit, hidden in the Holiday Inn Wichita East complex.  A franchise operation, Green Mill has a big presence in Minnesota and North Dakota, but has stretched its reach to Overland Park and Wichita.  

I entered the place just after 4pm and had a seat at the bar.  Jalisa the bartender greeted me nicely and hooked me up with a menu and a Miller Lite.  Checking out the menu online before arriving, I pretty much already knew what I was going to order, but it's always nice to be able to review all the choices before ordering.  They have some great looking wing options which I'll have to try on another visit.

Green Mill Burger
All that wonderful beef & cheese and the bacon gets put on like this? UGH!

They have three burgers on their burger menu, all featuring bacon and freshly ground, never frozen, all-natural, locally sourced, USDA certified beef.   I ordered what the Green Mill calls the Four Cheese Bacon Burger.  Here's the description from their website:  Monterey jack, provolone, mozzarella, parmesan, bacon, roasted garlic mayo, romaine, tomato, and onion.

It took about 15 minutes for my burger to arrive, but that's actually a good sign, an indication that my burger was made to order.  TIP:  When you get a burger at a bar & grill in 5 minutes, that doesn't mean the kitchen staff is great as the server might tell you, no, it means you're not getting a fresh burger made to order.  You got something that was in a warming bin and got assembled fast food style.

Under the lid reveal
Char broiled flavor!

The burger and sweet potato fries delivered to my seat at the bar had a nice visual appeal. The pickles were served on the side which is a nice touch (not everybody appreciates pickles) and what Green Mill provided would give me pickle in every bite.  After placing those pickles on my burger and taking a few pics, I took the first bite.  NICE!  I immediately picked up the char broiled flavor which I welcomed.  The beef was seasoned well and juicy.  The bacon however was a bit disappointing, it was a tad chewy and applied using the "X" method.  That four cheese blend was stellar and all of it nicely melted.  The veggies provided a nice fresh balance, the bun had a nice buttery toast but what brought everything together in a marriage of great flavors was that roasted garlic mayo.  It was Another Dose of YUM!

Green Mill Four Cheese Bacon Burger
This was a very tasty burger

Side Note:  The sweet potato fries rocked!  Sweet potato fries can be difficult to get that good, light exterior crunch on, but Green Mill nailed it.  These ranked in my top three for sweet potato fries, I'll divulge the final results at the conclusion of this challenge.

Costing me $16.11 with tax for the burger and fries, the Green Mill Four Cheese Bacon Burger scored 58 points out of a possible 63, earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Priced a bit high, even for a bar & grill burger, it's still worthy of a repeat buy.  If the Green Mill isn't on your burger map, it should be.

5 stars

Located at  549 S Rock Rd suite b, Wichita, KS 67207, Jalissa provided friendly service, but it wasn't exactly detail oriented.  No coaster for my beer (I don't know about you, but I hate it when moisture drips off the bottom of the glass, dripping on your plate and elsewhere), wasn't asked if I wanted water, wasn't provided napkins for my meal (I had to grab some cocktail napkins a few seats down at the bar), wasn't asked how my meal was or if I wanted dessert.  Those little details matter.  I probably over tipped her at over 20% (she could have gotten more), but I'm a softie when it comes to tipping, the restaurant biz is a tough one.

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Avoid a culinary Ooops! How to properly apply bacon to a cheeseburger

The dreaded "X" method of topping a burger with bacon
Applying bacon using the dreaded "X" method means you won't get bacon in every bite. It is a BACON cheeseburger after all...

By Mike Thayer

The All American bacon cheeseburger, that culinary delight that is beef with a good char or sear, juicy beef that's seasoned well, topped with crisp, smoky bacon, melty cheese and served on a nicely toasted bun.  Toppings can vary, there's the classic with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and mayo and then there's the 'Texas' or 'Southern' style, where the burger is served with mustard, pickles and onions (raw or grilled).  Ketchup and various concoctions of burger sauces have a role too, but that's a story for another day.

Pet peeve:  Putting bacon on a cheeseburger using the dreaded "X" method. 

Cow tongue bacon
Bacon hanging out like a cow's tongue.  This burger actually has two!  That's flavor that should be ON the burger, not outside it.

This is a culinary Ooops!, a bacon crime.  It's a lazy way to apply bacon to a piece of burger art, but sadly, it's done that way by far too many burger joints.  Restaurants that continue the malpractice of putting bacon on a burger using the "X" method are missing the opportunity to deliver their customers a far better burger experience.  It's called a BACON Cheeseburger for a reason and it's all about proper bacon coverage.  There are better ways to apply the bacon on a burger and it's such an easy thing to do. 

The problem with the "X" method is the bacon won't cover all the beef, which means you won't get bacon in every bite.  It's not a particularly aesthetically pleasing look either with often times a half slice of bacon hanging OFF the burger like a cow's tongue.  That's flavor that isn't on the burger.  Bite into that OFF the burger bacon and if it's not a clean bite, or the bacon is a bit tough, the whole slice pulls away from the burger resulting in even less BACON Cheeseburger enjoyment.  Customers don't order a cheeseburger with a side of bacon, they order a BACON Cheeseburger which is supposed to be about layers of flavor, a better burger experience and that means bacon in every bite.

Bacon in every bite
Now that's proper bacon coverage!

I can't stress this enough, it's called a BACON Cheeseburger for a reason!  If you're going to put bacon on a burger, it needs to cover the entire burger patty, not a portion of it.  I've given this culinary lesson before: If you're only applying two strips of bacon to a burger, then you either do half slices side-by-side for proper coverage, or you shape the bacon in triangles before cooking (my preferred prep method).  Two slices of triangle shaped bacon provides excellent bacon in every bite coverage without adding a lot of time to prep work.  Simply folding the bacon into a 'V' shape when cooking works too, resulting in better bacon coverage. 

Avoid the culinary Ooops!  Don't put bacon on your burger using the "X" method and if your favorite burger joint is guilty of it, suggest the side-by side, triangle or 'V' methods.  It's really easy to do and hardly affects burger prep time at all.

In topping things off, (see what I did there with the play on toppings?... Context joke, but I digress...), you get meat, cheese and bun in every bite, why not the bacon?

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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does West Street Burgers rate?

West Street Burgers
130 S West St, Wichita, KS 67213

By Mike Thayer

I've been 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'm on a mission to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

West Street Burgers
Double Cheeseburger w/bacon and a side of onion rings

Today's burger travels took me to the west side of town and West Street Burgers.  Touting Old Fashioned style burgers fresh off the grill and known for home made sides such as their crispy fresh cut fries, hand cut potato chips and awesome onion rings, West Street Burgers is a favorite for many burger loving folks residing on the west side of Wichita, affectionately a.k.a, "West Siders."

Ordering their Double Cheeseburger with a bacon add, this was a solid burger.  The beef was nicely cooked, seasoned well with a good flat top crust.  The bacon was applied in kind of a hap-hazard "X" method, points deducted for not getting bacon in every bite.  I swear, I HAVE to conduct a class to all the burger makers in town on how to PROPERLY apply bacon to a burger!  It's not hard ensuring bacon in every bite and using my technique doesn't add much time at all to prep.   The Texas/Southern style of dressing a burger with just mustard, pickle and onion was good, but there wasn't enough of it.  The bun was over toasted, specifically the bottom bun, resulting in a hard outer edge that took away rather than added to the enjoyment of the burger. 

Under the lid reveal
Nice flat top crust on the meat, but not the most even toast on the bun, a bit sparse on onion and pickle.

Side Note:  The onion rings were good, they were seasoned well but a tad under cooked.  A little more cooking time would have brought out the sweetness in the onion a little better and provided a more robust crunch.   Perhaps adding some corn starch or rice flour to the coating mix would help. West Street Burgers beats the likes of Burger King, but they're just not the best onion rings out there.  That detail on the best out there will be revealed at the conclusion of this Challenge.

Costing me $12.01 for the burger, onion rings and a drink, the West Street Burgers Double Cheeseburger w/bacon scored 52 points out of a possible 63, earning 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  I enjoyed my visit and will definitely be back again.  Too bad they don't have a location on my side of town, yes, I'm an East Sider...

4 stars

West Street Double Cheeseburger w/bacon
Didn't get bacon in every bite, bottom bun over toasted.

Located at 130 S West St, Wichita, KS 67213, the service was fast, friendly and quite courteous.  I was in and out with my to-go order in about 7 minutes.  West Street Burgers makes a solid Double Cheeseburger with bacon and it's worthy of a repeat buy.  Here's another example of a local joint that outperforms the national fast food chains.  Don't go to McDonald's or Hardee's, go to West Street Burgers instead!  For about the same amount of money and the same amount of time, get a better burger and side!

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Overall, a good burger, better than what you'll get at McDonald's or Hardee's. Buy Local.

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Sonic's SuperSONIC Bacon Double Cheeseburger outperforms competition in national fast food burger taste test

Sonic
The Sonic ordered from is located at: 7702 E Harry St, Wichita, KS 67207

By Mike Thayer

I've been 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'm on a mission to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

Sonic's SuperSONIC Bacon Double Cheeseburger
A half pound bacon cheeseburger for lunch!  Check out that meat to bun ratio.

For the third day in a row, I ordered from a fast food joint for a Burger Challenge lunch, ordering from Sonic, one of the last remaining fast food joints to review on my Burger Challenge list.  For those of you still wondering why I included fast food in this Challenge... Not only will I be able to tell you who makes the best burger in Wichita - the top of the leader board is loaded with locals - but I'll be able to tell you who makes the best burger in the national fast food scene.  I know what you're thinking, you already know your favorite...  But is that favorite based on a true trial and error experience, or did you stop checking out places when you found something decent and/or it wasn't convenient to go elsewhere?

Bacon Double Cheeseburger, a look under the lid
Bacon in every bite, tomato in every bite.

For my first meal of the day I ordered, yes, you guessed it, the Sonic "SuperSONIC Bacon Double Cheeseburger," along with a side of tater tots and a Cherry Limeade to wash it all down with.  C'mon, you can't go to Sonic for a meal and NOT get a Cherry Limeade...  I must admit, when it comes to fast food and a quick meal, I am a fan of Sonic.  They've got a lot of variety on their menu, they've always got a special going on and they're reasonably priced.

Sonic puts together their Bacon Double Cheeseburger in a fairly typical classic preparation, here's the description from the company website:  We start with two quarter-pound, 100% pure beef hamburgers, two melty slices of American cheese, lettuce, fresh sliced tomatoes, creamy mayo, and top it all off with crispy bacon.

Sonic's Bacon Double Cheeseburger
Toppings & Dress: Not too much, not too little and not your typical sloppy fast food prep.

That's a half pound of flat top cooked beef and not just one but two slices of American cheese.  I took that first bite which was a tasty one.  This was a well executed fast food burger, everything was pretty much on point from the crust on the beef patties to the toast on the bun. The beef was perfectly seasoned, the bacon was perfectly crisp and had good coverage providing bacon in each bite.  The creamy American cheese had a nice melt.  The veggies provided a fresh balance to the meat and the amount of mayo was nicely applied, not too much, not too little.  As Goldilocks might say, it was "just right."  I did miss not having pickle though, this burger could have used a bit of tart.  Sure, I could have ordered the add on, but for the purpose of this challenge, I'm ordering the restaurant's "default" offering whenever possible. 

Bacon Double Cheeseburger
This was a tasty burger

Side Note:  The Tater Tots were a bit under cooked.  They were seasoned well enough, but could have used another minute in the fryer.  The Cherry Limeade, as usual, was refreshing.

Costing me $11.06 for the combo meal, Sonic's "SuperSONIC Bacon Double Cheeseburger" scored 54 out of a possible 63 points, earning 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Reasonably priced, timely and tasty, this burger in my humble opinion outperforms the national chain fast food competition and is worthy of a fast food repeat buy.

4 stars

The Sonic chosen for this review is located at 7702 E Harry St, Wichita, KS 67207.  The final results and detailed scoring of this Burger Challenge will be released soon, with Sonic beating out the likes of Hardee's, McDonald's, Dairy Queen, Burger King and others.

Related: Sonic's Big Dill Cheeseburger is a must try

Related: Food Review: Sonic's Country Fried Steak Toaster Sandwich

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Related: Food Review: Sonic's Garlic Butter Bacon Burger

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