And sampled is the correct term. Because there was no consuming this one in a single sitting.
I've seen big burgers in my life. I've taken a couple of meals to consume one of the Super Cheeseburgers from the Morrilton Family Restaurant (a pound of meat -- two if you get the double), carried home three quarters of a Transylvania Double Dare Outrageous Burger, and wallowed in a Cotham's Hubcap Burger. And I thought I'd eaten the biggest burger in Arkansas.
Well, I was wrong.
A couple of friends of mine who regularly read Tie Dye Travels - George, Beth and Grav - encouraged me to come up to Fort Smith... they had something to show me.
The second thing I noticed were the painted windows that said "Flash Lights for Service." I was told that this '50s style diner still does car service -- and even serves beer. Beer! At your car! Later I found out that Ed Walker's has been doing this forever, and was grandfathered in on the liquor license... so this is definitely the only place you will find beer-to-car service in Arkansas.
There's also one of those old quarter ride machines -- this one in the shape of a Razorback. From what I understand, there are many regulars who have pictures of themselves as children on the old red hog.
Our waitress was very attentive, checking with us ever couple of minutes to make sure we had full glasses and the condiments we needed. She brought out piles of plates for us to share with. I asked her if it was unusual for people to take pictures of the food there -- and she told me no -- it happens all the time!
monstrosity before us.
Apparently, it's in the cutting. We sliced it into eighths and started sharing around portions. As the inside was revealed, I was greeted with the sight of well
cooked beef -- completely cooked through. The smell was intoxicating.
The meat of the burger itself is very lightly spiced, but it's not lacking in flavor. The choice of bun works well for the top, but I found myself consuming it with a fork. The sheer weight of the meat had made a job of the bottom bun.
I was told about the fantastic cakes served here, too... especially the delicate and sweet confetti cake that's a local favorite. But there was no denying the fact that I couldn't eat another bite.
The Giant Cheeseburger is $24.99 -- a dollar more if you want fries with that, or $1.50 for onion rings. There are more moderately sized offerings, too -- including the Razorback burger (topped with bacon) and a patty melt. You can also find a smattering of Tex Mex items like the Chili Relleno. There are salads, and the aforementioned legendary French Dip (which I must try next time, especially with the Swiss cheese and grilled onions).
UPDATE 9/5/17. So you read all of it, right? December 2007?
Yep, that's the same Grav.
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