That’s the way it is with me and Burge’s. I will specifically plot to stop at the Lewisville restaurant any time I’m heading down to Shreveport, making sure I have enough time to stop for a burger and a shake before that big stretch of nothing between there and Fair Dealing, LA. The burgers are
Then there’s Burge’s in the Heights here in Little Rock, and I stop in there several times a year. But I never get a burger there. In my mind, there’s a segmentation of the Burge’s idea, and I can’t quite cross that line. Usually.
But the other morning I was in there for a different reason. I’d seen the ads for breakfast at Burge’s for a few weeks, and dang it, I had to go. I wanted to see what it’d be like to have a smoked meat breakfast, and the hubster was really curious on how their ham would taste in an omelet.
So we gpt over there at 9:30 on a Friday morning and the lot was empty but the signs were on. We walked in and there was a gentleman waiting at the counter for our order. We asked for the breakfast menu and he shook his head.
“We’re not doing breakfast any more.”
“We stopped serving breakfast two days ago. There just wasn’t much interest.”
Well, I look at Paul, and he looked at me like “now what?” We were both hungry, but what to get?
A few moments gazing at the board and I settled on a simple barbecue beef sandwich ($4.99 for a regular plus $.39 for coleslaw). Paul went for the Cowboy ($7.99), a barbecue beef brisket po’boy, and we decided to try the potato salad ($1.49). We took our iced teas and sat down and verbally pondered why breakfast just didn’t catch on.
There’s no breakfast at the other location, either, nor is there breakfast at most restaurants. And I hadn’t tried the barbecue, even though I’d tried the smoked meats.
It took a few minutes — after all, since they weren’t serving breakfast it was amazing that the store was even open — but our name was called and Paul went and picked up the red tray. Once again, there was that wax paper wrapped around the sandwiches, and inside we found good things.
So, I wondered the rest of the day whether my hunger that morning had anything to do with the tastiness of the sandwich. That is, until I talked that evening with my friend Marvin Bonney, who had stopped with his family at the Lewisville location that day. We were just shooting the breeze and he mentioned they’d stopped in.
“Best barbecue beef sandwich I have ever had… in my life,” he was saying. I laughed and told him about our non-breakfast experience. What were the chances of that?
So I’m resolved. It’s time I had a Burge’s burger in Little Rock and a smoked turkey sandwich in Lewisville. Maybe I should even see if I can go tour the Lewisville turkey smoking experience, I don’t know. But those two eateries some 150-odd miles away from each other really do share a whole lot in common, even if the clientele and ambiance are vastly different.
You’ll find Burge’s in the Heights on R Street about half a block west of the Beechwood Kroger - (501) 666-1660. Burge’s in Lewisville is on Highway 29 north of downtown, right between the two right-angle turns. (870) 921-4292.