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Monday, July 18, 2011

Scotts Drive In - Wichita Falls, TX

I have been to Scott's Drive In a few times in my life, with my most recent stop this past weekend.

My wife and I were in Wichita Falls picking up some things we couldn't find locally in Graham. We were driving down Old Jacksboro Highway heading toward Southwest Parkway and passed Scott's. We had been discussing where to grab a late lunch when I saw Scott's. We turned around and parked under the awning and begin to peruse the menu.

I zoned in on the Big Scottie Burger dead center of the menu, a double meat, double cheese burger. I also opted for the small order of onion rings and a large Root Beer. More on the root beer later.

My wife, Kathleen, chose a hot dog with mustard, onions and relish, a small order of rings and a cherry limeade.

It was late in the day, that time just after lunch, but before dinner, so the place was pretty quiet. A pickup sat under the awning near us, no occupants inside. While we were waiting on our order, two gentleman came from the front of the building and drove away in the pickup. I assume they have an inside dining area, but I didn't investigate further. We were soaking up the cold AC in the car and didn't want to step into the 100°F+ weather, so inside dining didn't appeal to us at the time.

The carhop delivered two white bags and two drinks, totaling $14.77. We provided him a decent tip with the cash payment and starting opening up the bags and dispersing the contents.

The onion rings were on top, so I started eating them first. They had plenty of packaged ketchup in the bag, but I tossed it aside. I usually only eat Whataburger ketchup, the taste is very unique and I enjoy it best.

The small rings order contained about five good-sized onion rings. They could have been made on site, but they might have been frozen as well. They were tasty in either case. I took a sip of my drink and was immediately disappointed in the taste. I don't think they filter their water, so there was a slight aftertaste that I didn't care for.

I finished my rings and looked over at Kathy's meal. She was eating a hot dog that had been cooked on the grill. It looked very good. If I were to order the hot dog, I would probably opt for two, as they were a bit small in size.

When I unwrapped the burger, it was a thing of beauty. The American cheese was melting into the patties, creating that wonderful taste I crave. From the first bite to the last, I was evaluating it against all of the other burgers I have eaten. This one clearly ranked up there high on the list. 

The burger was cooked just right, still full of juice, not dry like the one I tried at Mary's recently. In fact, this one made me update my list, pushing Sac-A-Burger out of the top five. Scott's easily pushed into the number two spot. Overall the burger was the star of the meal.

The only drawback from the experience was the drink. If they were going for a sandbass-tasting root beer, they had it spot on.

As for the Texas Burger Stop's rating, here goes:
  • Patty Size and Style: thin and hand formed
  • Cooking style: Cooked perfectly on a flat top
  • Char: good char across the patties
  • Bun: fresh tasting, a perfect compliment to the burger
  • Vegetables: good veggies
  • Napkins needs: I found I needed a couple
  • Special attributes: A Wichita Falls landmark for over 50 years
  • Ownership: locally owned
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1 comment:

RJG said...

Hey - you're back! Saw your comment on my blog (just published). I'll add your blog back as well in a couple of days. Good to see your reviews.