We had some business in the old neighborhood on Saturday morning and once again, found ourselves driving by Spanky's a relatively new burger place that I have been wanting to check out since it opened.
As is the norm with us, we rarely get to places we want to try on the first pass, simply because of timing. For instance, if we eat a good breakfast and happen to drive by a place we've been meaning to try, we just skip it. Or sometimes, we'll be in the area of another place we have an interest in, but it will be a Sunday and the place is closed. Anyway, on Saturday the stars aligned and we hit Spanky's for lunch.
When we first walked in, I think we were both a little underwhelmed. The place has a fairly modern, bare bones, strip mall, industrial look, almost as if the landlord didn't want to allow anything permanent. Lots of cool posters and one of those Big Ass brand ceiling fans, but that was about it. Oh, they do have an old tub full of iced down beer. As we stood there looking up at the menu board, a nice cashier came and handed us menus for a better description of the burger selections. From where you order at the counter, you can see back into the kitchen and it looked clean and it looked like the crew was all about serving up some good eats!
Even when we ordered and paid, I was really hoping that it was going to be at least somewhat decent. I knew we would be trying an order of fries and an order of onion rings, and until you see the end product, you just never know. Would the burgers be small frozen patties or would they be the thick juicy burgers I've heard about? Would the bun be stale and hard, or would it be soft and fresh? When the waitress brought us our orders, Eva and I both actually gasped.
Eva ordered the Chili Cheeseburger and added a side of fries. She is extremely picky when it comes to the chili served on a burger and there was no disappointment at all. The bun was soft, fresh and did not overtake the size of the patty. The meat was juicy and delicious. The fries were right on target, seasoned with what was probably sea salt, and cooked perfectly with no random raw ones.
I ordered the Flaming Cheddar burger, and a side of onion rings. Before I even thought about tackling the burger, I had to know if the onion rings would taste as good as they looked. Absolutely brilliant! They must be using some sort of special seasoning and making these things fresh on site rather than from a package. They each had two rings inside the breading and honestly, these are right up there with some of the best I have had in quite a long time. The burger itself was just smothered in cheddar cheese filled with grilled jalapenos and onions. The toasted bun was slathered in mayo and mustard and the fixins were all fresh.
During our meal, we had two different waitresses coming by asking if we needed anything, and if we had been smart, we would have asked for a to-go container. Instead, I grabbed a fork, mixed in some leftover chili from Eva's burger with a small glob of leftover cheddar and jalapeno from my burger and licked my plate (paper liner, anyway) clean.
Don't even wait another week. Spanky's has been open for some time now and from what we experienced, they are pumping out Tasty Treats to happy diners! We'll definitely be back.