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One Girl, Three Days, Four Burgers

Scoping out the best burgers in town

9 years ago

Pictured: Photo by Cydney Waitley

By Cydney Waitley

I love hamburgers. They’re my favorite food. And I believe one of Waco’s unknown treasures is its abundant burger selection. Due to my unconditional love for burgers and the belief that Waco has the best, I decided to scope out all of the burger joints in town. This is just my first endeavor — I’d love to see your suggestions and try new places!

The Crowd Favorite: Dubl-R Old Fashioned Hamburgers
On the corner of 18th Street and Herring Avenue sits the three-time Best of Waco winner: Dubl-R Old Fashioned Hamburgers. The restaurant’s décor provides a quaint old-fashioned setting, and the elusiveness of the location makes it a local favorite. I ordered the bacon cheeseburger with a side of fries, and it was delicious on all accounts. My friend ordered the onion rings, and I wish I had, too. I spent the remainder of the lunch attempting to steal a couple of onion rings from her basket. She noticed — I only got one ring.

The Instagram Winner: Captain Billy Whizzbang’s Hamburgers
On Sunday we posted a behind-the-scenes photo and asked where to find the best burger in Waco. Captain Billy Whizzbang’s Hamburgers came up too often to ignore. People, you were right. Whizz-Pigg, waffle fries and milkshakes, oh my! I’m also a huge fan of the checkered floors and red furniture inside Captain Billy Whizzbang’s.

The Sidekick: Kitok Restaurant
Some people believe a burger is only as good as its side option. While Kitok’s burger is delicious, the oriental fries have developed a loyal fan base. These crispy, thinly sliced fries are the perfect sidekick to the burger. Add a little ranch dressing and the fries taste heavenly. Is Kitok’s location sketchy? Maybe. But that adds to the charm of the place. Make your way down 18th Street to try some fries. You won’t be disappointed.

The Wildcard: D’s Mediterranean Grill
For most people, mentioning D’s Mediterranean Grill doesn’t evoke a hamburger craving. It does for me. D’s has my favorite burger in Waco. The first time I went to D’s, I chose the burger because it was the only menu item I could pronounce, and I was more than pleasantly surprised. To justify my cowardly decision, I ordered a side of tabouli (a fabulous blend of chopped parsley, tomatoes, onions, bulghur wheat, mint, lemon and olive oil), and I loved it. The flavor is strong, but fresh, and cleans the palate perfectly. And eating a few greens helped ease the guilt of consuming another burger.

My first burger excursion was a great one. Did it alter my summer resolution to eat healthy? Maybe. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Keep the suggestions coming, Waco. I’ll check them out. Someone has to suffer in the name of journalism.