Thursday, October 13, 2011
Burger joint of the week: Dairy Shack in Waldenburg.
I went in and ordered a
I had a seat in the small dining room area next to a door that had “Josie’s” written on it. I looked up the place on my phone. I was at the right address. I was confused. I thought this was supposed to be a steakhouse?
There were a couple of guys talking about riding motorbikes on the weekend, seated at different tables and talking across half the room. I’d forgotten how the dialect sounded in the area — with the flat As and elongated Es from time to time. It does sound different from one corner of our state to the other.
The burger patty itself made all the difference. Juicy — I mean, yes, there was some griddle grease there, but it was juicy even though it was cooked through. There were salt and pepper hints to it but otherwise here was a fine example of a decently done burger with fresh meat and fresh ingredients. Yay. The char was even substantial but not overdone.
Wish I could have justified getting a milkshake. I mean, after all, a Dairy Shack should have great milkshakes. However, I was on the quest for pie again and had seven other stops to make that day. No, I’m not kidding about that.
Dairy Shack also does a plethora of other things. There’s a daily lunch special for $4.99, a meat-and-two-veg special that sometimes changes and sometimes doesn’t, which features things like a chopped steak, fried chicken or chopped pork barbecue. In fact, the place smelled like barbecue when I pulled up. There’s items like locally farm raised catfish on the menu, as well as tilapia and shrimp. Barbecue sandwiches start at a buck 90, and there are nine different flavors of milkshake — including peanut butter, pineapple, butterscotch and cherry.
But the identity thing? Appears Dairy Shack and Josie’s share space at 7964 Highway 49, but they have different phone numbers. I would suspect Josie’s is an evening thing. I’ll have to go try a steak — I’ve heard they’re scrumptious. The number for Dairy Shack is (870) 579-2214.