Both burgers had complimentary and tasty toppings on them. Pete had fresh straight cut fries and I had sweet potato fries. Both were fried crispy . . . and were fabulous.
R Bar – Your Pub & Grill
1190 25th St., Cameron, WI.
We were burger hungry again as we were driving through northern Wisconsin. Not your fast food burger hungry but a good solid cooked burger hungry. Once again, via Google, we found a solution—R Bar.
Venue: Off the beaten path sports bar/pub style restaurant.
Atmosphere: Very casual and dimly lit with plenty of table seating in three different sections. There is also chair seating at the bar.
Food Fare: We enjoyed the Western Burger and Pub Burger. Both were fantastic! The Western came with bacon, cheddar, onion ring, and BBQ sauce. The Pub had carmelized onions, bacon, Swiss, and horseradish mayo. Both burgers had complimentary and tasty toppings on them. Pete had fresh straight cut fries and I had sweet potato fries. Both were fried crispy as requested and were fabulous. The sweet potato fries had a sweet syrup or sauce added which completed the taste. They were good dipped in ketchup too. Cole Slaw was good but a bit on the vinegary side. Also offered on the menu were other sandwiches, appetizers, dinners, and baskets. There was one salad choice but three choices of meat if you wished to add it. A Kiddos menu had 3 entrees.
Recommendations: Check out the nightly specials available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The waitress recommended the Rib Night special on Saturdays. Note that the Grill hours are different from the Bar hours. BUT, you can get pizza when the Bar is open.
Service: Laid back but exceptional service.
Return Rating: Definitely.
The fries were perfect — the best crispy fries we’ve ever had! Both burgers were fantastic! Bob knows how to prepare quality, tasty food.
14860 TX 59, Athens, TX
In our travels we were hungry for a good burger and not a typical fast food option. Headed north towards Athens, Texas, I began googling for burger choices. I found the Burger Barn and my phone map had this foodstand located near Crossroads, TX. Wrong! We didn’t see the small red building with white trim. So, we were disappointed and kept driving north on TX 59.
The good news is the we stumbled upon the Burger Barn! We weren’t looking for it anymore but Pete noticed it as we drove past the Shady Oaks General Store at the intersection of TX 59 and 753. So, we turned around.
Venue: One man show burger stand.
Atmosphere: Lots of fresh air and outside seating at the picnic table to the side.
Food Fare: A variety of burgers, grilled chicken, BLT and a few other sandwich choices. Fries, onion rings, tater tots, chicken rings and potato chips are also on the menu along with bottled soda pop. Pete ordered the Mexican Burger with an extra patty and I got the Bacon Cheese Burger. We split a large french fry. The fries were perfect — the best crispy fries we’ve ever had! Both burgers were fantastic! Bob knows how to prepare quality, tasty food. The customer before us ordered a patty melt and wanted mustard on it. Bob let the guy know how he makes it for complimentary flavors but said he could make it per the request.
Recommendations: Note the Burger Barn hours and plan to stop for lunch. Try the french fries cooked crispy. Look for The Shady Oaks General Store at the intersection of TX 59 and 753 and off to the East side you’ll find The Burger Barn. It is 8 miles south of downtown Athens on TX 59.
Service: Bob had a dry humor, let us know the order took a bit longer because of the crispy fries, and delivered hot, quality food.
Return Rating: Definitely! This is the type of place we love. It will be a regular stop when we head north.
We enjoyed a wild hog double burger, large fry, cole slaw, bacon burger, and 2 Diet Cokes. Order at the counter and food is delivered to your table.
We have driven by the Dairy Palace in Canton, TX many times and wanted to try their hamburgers. We had been unable to stop until recently. It was worth the stop!
Venue: This is a family owned and operated sort of fast food restaurant. There is a bit of a wait as food is made when ordered.
Atmosphere: There is a lot of seating so you can pick your table or booth in this casual setting. There are several arcade games if you wish to play while you wait for your food.
Food Fare: Breakfast is served all day long in addition to burgers, sandwiches, entrees, Mexican, hot dogs, and salads. Oh yeah, and ice cream and exotic meat burgers. Exotic meats include: duck, elk, venison, bison, turkey, and wild boar. We enjoyed a wild hog double burger, large fry, cole slaw, bacon burger, and 2 Diet Cokes for just shy of $31.00. A bit pricy but delicious. Both burgers were fabulous and Pete would get the wild hog again. The fries and cole slaw were just regular sides so we’ll probably skip them next time.
Recommendations: They are open 24 hours but be aware the parking lot is not suited for trailers. Their brochure mentions they have hand-made ice cream sandwiches that might be worth considering. If it is prime meal time, be prepared to wait.
Service: Good service. Order at the counter and food is delivered to your table. We didn’t ask about drink refills and I didn’t notice a fountain. You’ll have to ask when you stop in.
Return Rating: Definitely.
We’ve had both breakfast and burgers, and loved both. Hash browns and french fries were “burned” as requested.
Smitty’s Café & Bakery
100 W. Main Street, Brenham, TX
Venue: Small, downtown eatery that was highly recommended to us by 2 different sets of folks.
Atmosphere: Casual and comfortable with table seating. Find your spot and take a seat.
Food Fare: Exceptional! We’ve had breakfast and burgers, and loved both. Hash browns and french fries were “burned” as requested. Tried the peanutbutter and jelly hamburger that comes with bacon — Yum! I’d been sidestepping trying a hamburger with peanutbutter because I figured it would be really great or really a goner. This combo is a do again! The half sandwich with green beans was a healthier choice for me. My better half enjoyed the potatoes each time.
Recommendations: Lunch starts at 11:00 a.m. If you’re there a bit early (10:45) like we were the first visit, don’t let the waitress impact you asking for lunch. We were “encouraged” to order breakfast, but the folks that came in just before us were allowed to order lunch. Lunch is the reason we chose the restaurant. Let me say though, breakfast was fantastic!
Service: If our service we received the first visit dictated our decision to return, we would never go back. My husband ordered over easy eggs and got scrambled. After asking for a biscuit and being informed there were none, I settled for toast. I asked the bread choices and selected wheat. I received white. Our waitress failed to check on us. We left no tip because it wasn’t earned. We also informed the cashier and she apologized and insured us they could do better. Unfortunately, we sat in the same spot our second visit and had the same waitress. She did better than our first visit, but service was not stellar. Another waitress did check on us and had an outstanding attitude. We put a tip in the tip jar. Be sure to sit at a table being served by the blonde waitress.
Return Rating: Definitely because the food is amazing! At least until we find a comparable restaurant we prefer.
When you are planning a mass meat grill, check your grocery store’s meat counter for a marked down section in addition to the weekly specials.
Do you just love grilled foods?
Hamburgers, steaks, beef tongue, and hotdogs are some meats that are great on the grill and even better as leftovers.
Soooo, why not plan ahead for leftovers? You are firing up the grill anyway, go ahead and maximize your effort and cook a bunch of meat at once. It can be all the same or a variety — doesn’t matter. What matters is that you will have some main dish meal parts cooked ahead which is a time saver for you and a flavor treat as well.
When you are planning a mass meat grill, check your grocery store’s meat counter for a marked down section in addition to the weekly specials. This can save you some money. Once all your meat is grilled, you can keep some leftovers in the fridge to eat on for several days and freeze the rest in meal size portions. You decide what portions work best. Do you pack lunches? Ok, freeze some grilled meat lunches — yuuum. Imagine the great aroma in the breakroom when you microwave your “leftover” lunch.
An easy way to add some vegetables to your meal is by putting them in your hamburgers. Remember, my husband Pete guy cooks. So, when you read his recipe, put in the amounts you like in your hamburger mixture.
Pete’s Hamburger Patties
Put the hamburger in a bowl. Add the freeze dried ingredients (dry) and the steak sauce to the hamburger. You decide the amounts of burger to dried ingredients. Mix it all together by hand. Make sure there is enough burger in the mixture so it will patty. The vegetables are reconstituted with the juices of the meat. Grill the hamburgers and enjoy!
We like the nutrition and convenience of using freeze dried foods. No chopping vegetables — just open the can and they are ready to use. They can be reconstituted, added to recipes dry, or even snacked on “as is.” You can check out Thrive Life Freeze Dried Foods at our website: CanoeCountryFood.ThriveLife.com. Be sure to let us know what questions you have.
Did you notice that I mentioned grilled beef tongue above? Have you ever had it? Grilled beef tongue IS NOT the same as boiled beef tongue for those of you thinking “yuck.” We’ll be sharing more about grilled beef tongue sometime this summer. Do you have a favorite food you like to grill? Please share in the comments section.
All of the food was delicious. We both thought our burger buns were worth going off the carb wagon for.
Big Mouth Burger Company
124 Planters St, Emory, Texas
Driving through Emory, Texas we noticed this burger joint across the town square and made a mental note to try it sometime. It just looked interesting and we’re always up for a good burger.
Venue: A casual, small town burger joint with a fun décor.
Atmosphere: You’re welcomed when noticed and you can sit at any of the 12 tables. Not sure if all of them were named, but we sat at the “Poker Table.” I did notice there was a Liar’s Table.”
Food Fare: The menu had a lot of great looking choices. When asked what was good, our waitress replied, “All of it.” She did specifically recommend the Wild Wild West hamburger. It had a jalapeño bun and Pete enjoyed it. I had a small mouth burger with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo. The bacon I added was a smart decision. Also, I opted for onion rings. All of the food was delicious. We both thought our burger buns were worth going off the carb wagon for. The french fries were seasoned and crunchy with a softer inner potato texture. They were good but would have been better if crispier. We love well done fries. There are a variety of sandwich choices in addition to the burgers as well as salads. There are fried pies for dessert. We split a peach one and it was just the right size to offer a bit of sweet for both of us.
Recommendations: Look over the menu at all the great choices. There are quite a few that fall in the spicy category, but you can build your Big or Small Mouth Burger to suit. You’ll want to save room for a sugared fried pie or get one to go.
Service: Solid Service. Our tea ran out so Pete took our cups up for a refill. Our waitress apologized after this and did let us know she could get to go cups for us if we wished. It was a busy time with lots of diners. It wasn’t like she was ignoring us. She owned it and still received a tip.
Return Rating: Definitely! Wanna try out a different sandwich.
Service is always friendly. Get everything on your burger: lettuce, tomato, mustard, and onion. Plan to add ketchup, regular or spicy, to your burger yourself.
On our first trip to Texas, a friend told us we had to eat at Whataburger and raved about how great the hamburgers are.
He was right!
Venue: Fast food restaurant chain in Texas. Note: Texas is a Whataburger state.
Atmosphere: Fast food environment. Order at the counter and the food is delivered to your table along with ketchup, salt, pepper, and napkins. Locations we have stopped at offer booth and table seating. Tables are kept clean.
Food Fare: Burgers, other sandwiches, and salads as well as breakfast. French Fries and onion rings as well. Check out their website for more information.
Recommendations: Get everything on your burger: lettuce, tomato, mustard, and onion. Add avocado and other toppings you want at an additional cost, but it is worth it. Don’t forget the bacon! Plan to add ketchup to your burger yourself as it doesn’t come standard. Mustard is standard unless you specify otherwise. The ketchup comes in little rectangle cups in regular or spicy flavors. I love the taste of the regular ketchup. My husband enjoys the spicy.
Sometimes your receipt will have an invitation to share your feedback for which you get a coupon. If you get one, do be sure to complete it. Also, there is a Whataburger App if you find you are frequenting often.
Service: Always friendly. It is unique to walk into a fast food restaurant where employees are happy to work there as well as happy to serve customers.
Return Rating: Definitely.
Casual dining, upside down hamburgers, and good service make this a great stop if you are going through Superior, Wisconsin.
Gronks Grill and Bar 4909 E. 2nd St., Superior, Wi
We drove by this fun looking place for years and finally decided to stop when we were burger hungry. We wish we had stopped sooner.
Venue: Sports bar and grill on Highway 53 in Superior, Wisconsin. Interesting upnorth sports and outdoor decor. Boasts it is “home of the biggest 1 pound burger.” Aren’t all 1 pound burgers 1 pound?
Atmosphere: Casual dining at wood tables or bar with small Gronks wear gift shop.
Food Fare: Upside Down burgers. You can check out their full menu online. We always request our fries well-done.
Recommendations: While you are online looking at the menu, look up their daily specials. Last I knew, Wednesdays was buy one, get one free Upside Down hamburgers. My husband likes the Barnyard Burger–it has beef, pork and an egg.
Service: Has been good every time we are there. We also call ahead to order when traveling through and carry out service is great too.
Return Rating: Definitely, every chance we get. Love to eat here.