I volunteer every year for the American Royal. For the last couple of years, I have driven by Rockstar Burgers on my way to the AR complex. It always catches my eye. The artwork on the outside is very much an attention grabber. There always seems to be people there, which, for the Westbottoms, says a lot.
Today was no different. I had signed up to volunteer for the BBQ sauce competition and sure enough, my eyes gazed to Rockstar Burgers as I drove by. I had a pretty tight schedule today so I knew it would have to wait until another day. Not to mention I am back on track with my eating healthy and watching my caloric intake, so a burger would not be on the list
As luck would have it, we finished today’s portion of our volunteer duties early. I did some quick calculations in my head and knew I’d have time for a burger AND a swim before I had to go to my next appointment. I was heading to Rockstar Burgers. I figured today was as good of a day as any.
I walked in and was greeted. The decor is a lot of graffiti but it’s unique and eye catching. They have normal tables as well as bar height tables. The chairs are torn, the tables are wobbly…all of which just adds to the character and charm of the place.
The waitress came over to get my drink order while I perused the menu. Since they are open 24/7 they serve breakfast and burgers with a mixture of other items thrown in. I asked the waitress how big the patties were. She said the regular burgers were the thin patties, about .25 lbs but the Rockstar Burgers were 1/2 pound. When I inquired what was on the Rockstar burger she rattled off so mush I couldn’t remember it all, but I disregarded it when I heard the word egg. I am not an egg on my burger type of person. The confusing part is, when I stated, “so if the others ones are .25 pounds then the double cheeseburger is 1/2 pound. She told me no. Then she said… maybe .5 pounds. At that point, I was lost so I went ahead and ordered the double cheeseburger, fries, and a strawberry shake.
They have free WiFi which is always nice. I did have to ask for the password but they have Free WiFi on the menu so I didn’t feel awkward asking for it.
My strawberry shake arrived first.
It was a nice size shake. The shake was ok. It could have had a little more strawberry flavor to it. It was nice and thick, which is how I like my shakes. I don’t think I would order it again unless I was just really in the mood for a shake.
My food arrived. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the burger, especially with the confusion over the size. They only put 2 strips of bacon on it, which for an extra $3 I guess I would have thought maybe 3 slices. You don’t get to specify the Temperature of the burger so I figured it would come out well done. I was right. The bacon had a really nice flavor to it. It may be why you only get 2 slices, they spend more for a nice quality bacon. The bun was fresh, there was plenty of cheese on it. The burger overall was good. I’m not saying it was memorable, but it was ok as burgers go. It was filling. The fries were ok. I had to add a little bit of salt to them but they were nice and crispy on the outside, hot and meaty on the inside.
The staff checked on me often and removed any trash each time.
My bill, with tax, came to $16.50 before too. While a little pricey for lunch, I had splurged on the shake and bacon, so it was average price to me. More than I would normally spend when dining alone for lunch, on a whim. When it came time to check out, they bring the card scanner right to the table. It pops up with the total as well as 3 gratuity options, 15%, 18%, and 20% with the amounts clearly showing. You just select one, sign with your finger, and remove your card (if it has a chip). Super simple.
They also have a full bar, which is open until 1am according to the menu.
While I was there eating, it began to fill up The more people who entered, the louder the restaurant became The music is at a tasteful volume though, so you don’t feel like you’re competing with it to talk / listen to others
There is also an option to sit outside but they don’t have a lot of tables out there so I’m sure they fill up quickly
Overall, I’m glad I stopped in. Looking around as I walked out, I realized there are a few other restaurants in the Westbottoms I should try. I normally just drive in, volunteer, and drive back out. With the American Royal moving at some point, I really should make the Westbottoms a destination from time to time.
I think Rockstar Burgers would be a fun place to go with a group who just wanted to have a few drinks and some burgers. The atmosphere is fun. The staff is friendly and very efficient. The menu warns you there may be a wait because they cook to order, but I didn’t find the wait to be too long.
If you’re in the Westbottoms, it’s worth checking out!
Have you been to Rockstar Burgers? Leave a comment and tell me about your experience!