The experience: Once again the three natives in the hunt were late, and our bearded scout (CST#1BF) had to face the unknown alone, drinking tea and making what I can only assume was a very intimate connection with our waitress. All I know is that by the latecomers arrived, she was throwing around the terms of endearment like there was no tomorrow--and no wedding ring on his hand. Apparently she loved him so much that she her endearments could not be contained, and the rest of us got the "sweetie, baby, honey, sugar-puddin', love muffin, angel face" treatment too.
We ordered our burgers and criticized Shane while we waited for them to arrive. Actually CST1BF was the only one criticizing him. I was probably criticizing Jess because that's what I do for fun. And then the moment of truth. The burgers arrived. I made the ravenous beasts pose for pictures before they fell upon their food with abandon.
Hey, is that a pickle spear? Score.
Modeling food and sleepy faces.
Jess went with the onion rings.
We'd had our food for less than a minute by this point.
The scattered remains of our carnage.
From CST#1BF: The more I think about it, the more that I think the hamburger at ABC was better than the Frostop burger. The meat had some kind of spice in it that was fantastic. I didn't really notice it until I got to the end of my burger and was mostly eating bun and meat without toppings to overpower the flavor, but Jess was right when she said, "This meat is good." The fries were also very good, though I was completely underwhelmed by Jess's onion rings. I liked the variety of burgers available, but Frostop still had more options, but ABC had a pickle spear.The atmosphere and experience at frostop was better, but ABC was great too. I'm glad that they're on different sides of LR so that I can have an excuse to eat both in the future.
9/10 A great burger.
From Jess: (Oh, that's right. We lost Jess at ABC--it was her final stop on Burger Tour 2011. She will have no say. We'll miss you, burger-eating friend. Sorry you weren't up for the challenge.)
From Shane: lots of chewing--but no commitments on burger ranking yet.
Ellen's opinion: I think the fries were on par with Frostop, but the ABC burger was definitely better. I had a bacon cheeseburger in both places, and while both were delightful, the ABC meat was superior, and I had cheddar cheese which is a personal favorite. I'll give it a 9/10.
Clearly, I'm very behind on my burger-blogging. We've been to two more places since ABC. Eventually, you'll hear about them, imaginary readers. In the meantime, approach Arkansas Burger Company with caution. The food is definitely worth it, but the deliciousness is apparently capable of swallowing up your dining companions. I miss Jess.