|The original Burge's location in|
Lewisville. (Kat Robinson)
Most restaurants begin with a concept or a family dream. Burge's began with a backyard smoker -- and a whole lot of friends who loved what came out of it. It took nearly 10 years to get to a restaurant, but what was created there has endured generations.
Back in 1953, Alden Burge moved from Shreveport to a little town south of Hope, called Lewisville. Burge was a hand in the oil fields, but he also liked to dabble in meat smoking, so he built a smokehouse in his backyard. It didn't take long for that smoke to travel, and eventually Burge started sharing the benefits of the little smokehouse, bringing smoked chickens to Friday night ballgames along with baked beans and coleslaw.
|Burge's Dairyette in Lewisville, circa 1960s.|
|Burge's in the Heights. (Kat Robinson)|
|The smoked turkey lunch plate comes with|
two sides and a grilled cheese sandwich.
As is the understated dish you'll find in the cooler at the restaurant. It's the turkey salad. It doesn't look like much -- chopped turkey and mayo and not much more. But trust me. It's more addictive than crack.
|The Lewisville location is well known for burgers,|
too. (Kat Robinson)
|The unsung delight: a smoked brisket|
sandwich. (Kat Robinson)
However you slice it, two locations of Burge's are just close to being enough to make any Arkansawyer happy. Fifty years of restaurant success sure confirm that.