A few weeks ago, I met a dear friend and customer for lunch in the parking lot. The Inversion Coffee House parking lot, in which a "short bus" was parked for the duration of lunch period. Uhuh, Bernie's Burger Bus - a converted school bus that turns out burgers and fries that will blow your mind. The day we went, my companion had sent me an instant message declaring his order would be the Kindergartener, two mini burgers. Well, the bakery had crafted buns that were a touch too large, so, no little burgers. I arrived very early and had a quick chat with Bernie himself (Justin, actually). The website says "you're sure to fall in love", and I did. I mean, he did call out my name, and all. Okay, it was so I knew the order was ready...but still, a burger girl can dream. I think that makes me a "Burger Cougar", with a carcass one would expect of such beast as that. I am in shape, damnit! Round, as I learned at kindergarten, is a shape.
Our order consisted of The Principal for me, add cheddar and bacon, The Substitute and one Extra Curricular Activity, the Trufflelaced, hand-cut french fries with parmesan and green onions and two containers of homemade ketchup. The bun was light and slightly chewy, the burger patty a perfect pink in the center and warm and all of my vegetables and bacon were crisp, throw in the gently melted cheese and... one moment, I think I drooled on my keyboard. The fries were outrageous, skin on crispy and loaded with parmesan and green onion. I tried the ketchup, because my last experience with "homemade" was sweet-ish, and it was spot on. Tangy, with a burst of ripe tomato on the front, followed by deeply subtle warmth from the spices and not too salty. For three dollars an order, we had more than the two of us could eat - even after forcing down a couple "grabfuls" because they are too good to waste. We wasted perhaps a dozen, even after I suggested that, if no one was looking, one could dump the remnants in the wax paper holder in one's mouth. If no one was looking, or one had enough barley pop to not particularly care. The burgers run $7 each, plus Electives. Total food bill for two, including one water (my friend brought his own water), $23. Great deal for a stupid good burger (here is where I give you the "evil ojo", Beck's Prime). Next time, I may try grappling with Detention, but, I'll probably have to beat erasers during recess for not finishing it all. The Dentention is a double cheese burger with tipsy onions and all the fixings delicately clothed in two (TWO) applewood bacon grilled cheese sandwiches made with locally baked sourdough bread. Love hurts (but it hurts so good).
Bottom Line: One of the best burgers I have had, ever. The price is excellent for what you get. I am not responsible for the distraction you suffer while pining for the next opportunity to indulge your inner burger fiend. Click the link above (or here) to follow Bernie's Burger Bus on Twitter and on Facebook. Currently, Bernie's can be found at Inversion Mondays and Wednesdays between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and at Lizzard's Pub every Wednesday - Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Please note, when they run out, they out. If you go late, you are rolling the burger dice on availabiltiy. Click on this link to be taunted by the menu.
Justin, you get an A+++++++++. From a newly minted "Burger Cougar".