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Burger joints near campus serve up beefy goodness

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 16:01

Dave's Burger Barn

By Ryan Gripon

Dave's Burger Barn

It's just a short drive (or walk) to two home-style burger restaurants near campus that serve up similar greasy spoon fare for a good price.

Both Burgers Galore and Dave's Burger Barn offer all the basic burger combinations and sides with a few differences. It seems to come down to personal tastes or the weather as to which spot customers choose. Here's a side-by-side break down to help distinguish the two.

Burgers Galore's Maverick

Burgers Galore

1710 E. Crest Drive (View map.)

Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Most popular item: The Maverick, a cheeseburger loaded with crispy bacon, $5.99

Conveniently located across the street from the John B. Connally Technology Center in a building that's housed a dozen food establishments, Burgers Galore offers burgers with such names as Trailboss, Bronco, The Hub and the Wrangler. All made with hand formed patties; they range in price from $2.09 for the small Pony burger to $5.99 for the Maverick, their most popular cheeseburger which is loaded with crispy bacon.

Sides include the normal burger companions: fries, chips, tater tots, onion rings and potato wedges. Under "Other Stuff" on the menu they offer both chicken fried steak and chicken fried chicken sandwiches along with a BLT, ham and cheese and even a salad. But, burgers are the main attraction.

The restaurant has around a dozen tables and a 10 to 15 minute lunch wait depending on how busy it is when you arrive. The walls are lined with photo of people, many of them students and TSTC employees, who have braved The Beast and other large burgers. The Beast is Burgers Galore's three pound cheeseburger eating challenge. If a patron can finish it they get their photo on the wall, a free meal and free drinks for life. At $25.99, The Beast is a pricey challenge, but several photos hang on the wall of champions. After all what better time is there to eat a three pound burger than college?

Dave's Burger Barn's bacon cheeseburger

Dave's Burger Barn

600 Patricia St. (View map)

Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unique side: House made seasoned potato chips

Just down the road from campus is the small, but popular Dave's Burger Barn. Currently ranked the number two burger joint in Waco by Urbanspoon just behind Kitok, Dave's menu offers the traditional double and triple meat burgers and cheeseburgers along with both bacon and jalapeno versions.

Prices are in the under $7 range with the priciest item, the Triple Meat Cheeseburger ringing in at $6.99. All burgers are made to order and feature a hand-mixed blend of beef that is Dave's claim to fame. In addition to the normal burger add ons, Dave's offers sliced avocados, $0.75, and a fried egg, $0.99, as topping choices. And on Tuesdays, college students get 10 percent off when they show their ID.

On the side they have fries, tater tots, onion rings and their house made seasoned potato chips. The crisp potato chips are also cooked to order and have a sweet and savory spice seasoning that leaves you wanting more.

The location size can be problematic for patrons who want to sit down with their meal. The small dining area has just four tables and limited bar seating indoors. During nice weather, they offer picnic tables outside for additional seating.

Also known as the "Home of the Zipper Ripper," Dave's eating challenge burger is no easy feat to master. It's a five meat bacon cheeseburger all the way with a pound of tater tots and a drink. The challenge is to eat it within 12 minutes. The victors make it to the wall of fame, a spot with just 20 photos to date, and don't have to pay for the burger. If you can't finish it in time, your photo joins the large crowd on the wall of shame and you owe $14.95.

 

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