I’ve eaten at so many good places recently. I’ve decided I’m giving up ALL franchise restaurants, unless I’m meeting someone for a birthday (in which case it would be rude to say I’m NOT eating somewhere specific). So if I have the say-so, it’s all local establishments for me. And preferably ones I haven’t ever tried. Why? Because of places like Sport Burger. I can’t believe I’ve lived in southeast Wichita for eight years, and have never tried this place. Scratch that, I’m glad I haven’t. I love burgers. I’m not an expert or anything, but I know what I like. And I like this place!
So, first of all. Good story. I’m not a great driver. I don’t think I’m awful. I think I pay attention for the most part, follow most traffic laws, and am courteous of people around me. But, when I’m somewhere where I don’t know where I am? Watch out. I don’t adapt very well, and can cause confusion. I apologize. In this case, I was looking for Sport Burger, so my main goal was to get IN the parking lot. I didn’t realize getting in the drive through would have been a challenge beyond that. Wrong! I turned in the “exit.” In my defense, the “exit” sign only faced one direction, and I was coming the other direction. After some embarrassing backing up, and running over curbs, I looped the block and went in the entrance. For those of you who want to get in the drive through easily, you have to go in on the east-west running street (Victor Pl?). The restaurant is a yellow building on the corner of a parking lot, and the drive thru starts off of this street.
From there, I ordered the Homerun Special. Which was a cheeseburger, fries and a drink. Of course I ordered cheese on my fries. How can I not? NEVER turn down cheese. Especially cheese fries.
Now, the drive thru DOES take longer than say McDonalds. BUT, the end product is made fresh, and so good. It’s worth waiting half an hour for. (I think I waited about 10 minutes, there was one car in front of me.)
The service was really friendly. And the burgers can be made to order. They come standard with… I think fried onions, pickles, ketchup and mustard. And you can go in and watch them cook the burger, but I heard you come out smelling like grease, so I passed on that. But you can sort of see the action from the drive thru as well. And it looks like they melt the cheese on the burger (which has two patties ) while cooking.
Whatever they do, it’s spot-on.
The fries look like they’re just regular frozen fries, but they were fried to delicious perfection. Of course, they were topped with cheese, but those that weren’t were crisp and delicious. I think next time I might go ahead and enjoy the meal inside the Sport Burger. Partially to see the atmosphere (I regret not doing that the first time), and so I can eat my burger and fries IMMEDIATELY.
All in all, this is one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. The only contender I can think of off-hand is Southeast Carryout. I’ve been told I need to re-try TJ’s Burger House (who might have the best cheese fries, contending with Dog N Shake). And add Walt’s to the list. So, I have some work to do before I know who has the best cheeseburger and cheese fries. But I can’t say I’m disappointed with that task.
Here’s my greasy meal. And yes, it did grease through the bag.
The burger. It’s from a bad angle apparently because you can’t see all the cheesy goodness. But that’s two patties. The edges of each were kind of crispy, which I liked. And the onions were either cooked ahead of time or cooked on the burger. I’m not sure, but they weren’t crispy, so they didn’t over-take the burger.
And the cheese fries. Actions speak louder than words…