Now, I will agree that few burgers are meals in themselves. We have come to a point where too many commercials drilled into the subconscious have sparked some to believe that a perfect meal is burger, fries and soft drink. This sort of thinking is like to kill us all.
Well, that may be a bit dire, and it doesn’t really start the conversation we should be having — about the burgers at the Hurley House Café in Hazen. That’s burgers - plural. Because Hurley House does a good share of burger-ish things.
I have mentioned before the excellent Patty Melt offered at the restaurant. Lightly seasoned meat, grilled onions and cheese on toast… it is da bomb, and I must give that nod.BBQ Burger — three cheeses and barbecue sauce soaking a patty on a bun, a big hot orange mess. But good.
Grav and I recently revisited the restaurant while on assignment. His choice for the day was the Big Joe ($5), a half pound burger under a big pile of schtuff — bacon, mushrooms, grilled onions, Colby and Monterey and Pepper Jack cheeses. Big, hot, a little sweaty with juice, plenty of cheese, a ton of bacon… a satisfying and filling burger with a lot of flavor.
The flavor wasn’t just from the toppings - burger patties at Hurley House are nicely crusted, salt and pepper seasoned rounds that pick up just the right amount of grill grease to convey the idea “this is not health food.”
You’ll find The Hurley House Café on Highway 70 across from where Highway 63 comes in from the Interstate. It’s open at six every morning and open through lunch on the weekends and dinner during the week. For more information call (870) 255-4679 (870) 255-4679 or check out the restaurant’s Facebook page.