- Kat Robinson
- BURGER & RINGS: Bubba Burger and those beer battered onion rings are awesome at Hamburger Barn.
You know, Arkadelphia is home to some great culinary artifacts… one of the few remaining Tico Tacos, an Andy’s and of course dueling brittle makers Andrew’s Candy Company and Juanita’s Candy Kitchen
. But since the close of Bowen’s a few years ago I have been at a loss to find a good sit-down place to catch a sit-down bite to eat at a locally created establishment.
Of course, I shoulda known to go to the Hamburger Barn. It’s where the locals go. And it’s about far more than burgers. However, it’s the burgers (and the cheese dip) we’ll be talking about today.
Been a couple of times now and have experienced the delicious goodness of the restaurant’s signature charbroiled burger. We’re not talking about cooked on a grill in a kitchen. We’re talking cooked over the coals wonderful. To demonstrate, look at this photo. That’s char from the burger coming off on that bun. That’s good stuff, Maynard. You should dig this sort of thing.
That’s a Bubba Burger, by the way. $6.79 for this great half pound burger cooked to order and served up with French fries or onion rings, either or both. Comes with choice of cheese; I went for Pepper Jack instead of American or Swiss. Asked for and got it medium rare. It was very juicy and almost sinful. Tasted like it came from someone’s backyard. Yeah, buddy.
Better yet, since I got the half and half side I got to experience the dang good onion rings, beer battered and tender and some of the best I have had in Arkansas. The fries were decent, but the onion rings were just downright lovely.
Hamburger Barn also serves up cheese dip, which is why I’m talking about them today. They do cheese dip the way most people do cheese dip at home — Velveeta, Rotel and whatever else they decide goes in it. Perfect example of the recipe. There are some that will turn their nose up at that, but that’s their loss. Get yourself some of those fries and dip away, or go for the tortilla chips that go with it.
I’m glad I finally had myself a sit-down at Hamburger Barn. Been back twice. It’s worth it, especially if you’re heading down I-30 and want to put some meat on your bones. It’s on Highway 51 (second exit heading south, turn left at the end of the ramp) and it’s open every day for lunch and dinner (except no dinner on Sunday). (870) 246-5556 or check out the restaurant’s Facebook page.