But the burgers there lost something when the restaurant moved out to Rodney Parham. There was something missing that I could not put my finger on. Today, I think I know what it was.
The restaurant has been around since 1960. I have vague memories of being told it was originally located at Fair Park and Markham, but my memories are of the University avenue store, cattycorner from Pop-A-Top. My best friend Jerry and I would go over there when I was in high school and get ourselves burgers and those crinkly fries — or if we were splurging we’d share a steak dinner with a salad. The place always smelled kinda smoky.
I think I was away in Jonesboro when it moved out to Rodney Parham, in a location that had housed Boston Market and Kenny Rogers Roasters all those years ago. I remember going and just feeling like something was off. The burgers just weren’t what they were before. I found myself catching the chili stuffed baked potato each time I would visit after that,.
And let me tell you what… that burger. Well, it looks like I remembered now, smells like it too. Doesn’t look like the burger on the restaurant’s website, but that’s all right. I ordered a Black Angus Double Cheeseburger combo (burger is $2.79, double $3.69, in a combo $5.14 and double combo $6.04) with onion rings, and Hunter got a Kids Chicken Strip meal.
If you want something fancier, there’s the chili, cheese and onion Mexican Burger. Or if you want something more akin to what everyone else is serving today, you get a Salad Burger — which has lettuce and tomato on it along with homemade relish.
I had long ago written off Black Angus, and I shouldn’t have. The burgers may not be cooked to order. They may not be fancy or thick. But they are honest and tasty and a throwback to a simpler time here in Little Rock. Go take a trip down memory lane.
You’ll find Black Angus in the K-Mart parking lot a block west of I-430 on Rodney Parham. It’s open for lunch and dinner every day except Sunday. Check out the website or call (501) 228-7800.