Many young diners have very little experience with a good hamburger. Their exposure to burgers is pretty much limited to the fast-food variety.
But those of us who grew up with burgers made from fresh meat, and served with all the fixings on a hefty bun, know that the lowly hamburger can be a mouthwatering treat.
Likewise for hand-cut fries. The frozen French fries we usually get can’t hold a candle to the real McCoy. And if you think all fried onion rings were created equal, you’ll be in for a nice surprise when you try the newest burger shop in town - the Burger Lounge. The kitchen uses only 100% peanut oil in the frying. No trans-fats here.
Located in a tiny corner eatery on Wall Street, the Burger Lounge has a very limited menu. But what it does serve, it does right. In fact, the premium burgers, salads, and sides at the Burger Lounge are terrific.
There are only three different burger selections on the Burger Lounge menu - and they’re all priced at $6.95. You can have a regular grilled beef burger (made with 100% natural Tallgrass beef - purchased from the grower) - and this Kansas-grown beef is grass-fed and excellent in quality. You can also opt for a grilled turkey burger with fresh basil. The other choice is the vegetarian Quinoa burger.
Don’t expect the typical frozen veggie burger from the Burger Lounge. Everything at this little eatery is made fresh on the premises - and you can tell from the taste.
Every burger comes with your choice of cheddar or American cheese, lettuce, tomato, fresh onion, and 1,000 island dressing - and the bun is delicious as well.
The only other hot main dish item on the menu (and you order from the same menu for lunch or dinner) is the crispy chicken tenders ($6.95). These crispy beauties are served on sticks - and they look oh so good in the cardboard serving package.
You can dip your chicken tenders in barbeque or buttermilk ranch dipping sauce.
There are only two hot sides on the menu - French fries and onion rings. The fries are crispy and delicious, and cost $2.95. The Lounge onion rings are even better. They cost $3.95, but you can have some of each for $4.95 - and that’s really the best way to go. By the way, if you’re dining with a companion, one combination will be more than enough for the two of you.
The Burger Lounge has two salads - a Caesar and a fresh vegetable salad. If you prefer just a small portion of salad with your burger or chicken tenders, the salad will cost you $2.95.
Kids under 12 can have a small cheeseburger or chicken tenders (with fries or salad) and a soft drink. The children’s meal is priced at $5.95.
The Burger Lounge reminds us of an old-time diner - although it looks chic and contemporary. The high-quality food and selection of beverages is right out of the diner days. You can get your choice of sodas ($2.25 a drink) and select from a few bottled soft drinks (including orange and lemon Izzy Soda).
However, the most fun you can have at this welcome newcomer is from the fountain. Milkshakes run $4.95, and that old-time favorite root beer float (ice cream and Hanks root beer) costs $4.95 as well.
There are a few counter-style seats inside the small restaurant, but the Burger Lounge has several umbrella tables on the sidewalk for alfresco dining.
Just place your order at the counter and take a seat. Your food will be delivered when it’s ready. Nothing is sitting under a lamp waiting. It makes a big difference - one you’ll taste in the very first bite.
The Burger Lounge is located at 1101 Wall St. For more information, call 456-0196.