It seems that the majority of the good folks on VTM live outside of Texas Tech's home base, so I feel like it's my civic duty as a Lubbockite (is that really what we're called?) to help make your trips back "home" all the more worthwhile. The best way to accomplish that? Burgers.
If you saw me walking down the street, the first thing that would come to your mind other than "Is that pale guy some sort of daywalker?" would be "I bet he knows where to get a good burger."
The Hub City is crawling with Jules Winnfield approved burgers. I have compiled a short list, and I would love to have some feedback and suggestions. It's always fun to experience different restaurants when I go out of town, so there may be some new or old places worth visiting when you guys come in for games.
Last chance to grab a napkin...
Bonus Burger (2312 50th St)
A coworker sang the praises of the Bonus Burger, so I just had to try it. It's located in a little A-frame building and has about 8 tables, half of which are outside. It's a fantastic burger. If you grew up in a small town like I did, you probably remember the old-fashioned local burger place that was built out of a Morgan storage building. You know the one, and you remember the food.
This place gives you the same vibe and an even better burger complete with golden french fries, tator tots, or onion rings. They do not take plastic at Bonus Burger, so be sure to have some cash handy on your quest to acquire the Jumbo Combo.
Cap Rock Cafe (5217 82nd St & 3405 34th St)
Overall, this is my favorite place in town, so I may be a little biased. However, you must get to Cap Rock and try the green chile cheeseburger. Fresh, hot green chiles on top of a melted cheese covered 1/2 lb patty make for some fine dining. Take your pick of twisted tators or fries on the side, and wash it all down with an ice cold schooner.
Buns Over Texas (3402 73rd St)
When your order is ready, you'll hear your name followed by "Your buns are up!" Don't panic! Just pick up your open-face burger and head over to the veggie bar to load it down with anything from pico de gallo to sweet pickles. Then, get your buns back to the table and feast.
Spanky's (811 University)
This is a Red Raider institution, and for good reason. The cheese sticks are the size of Twinkies, and it's the only place in town (to my knowledge) that serves a Monte Cristo. Spanky's has recently renovated; there is a completely new bar area on the bottom floor in place of the old outside seating. Have no fear, though: the dumb waiter is still in operation and the second floor is open. Have a burger, enjoy the view of the campus, and remember what it was like to be a Red Raider.
Christakis Burgers (1111 34th St)
Much like Bonus Burger, Christakis will remind you of your favorite hometown eatery: juicy burgers served on toasted buns with fresh veggies... and pastrami? Yes! You have the option to have pastrami and melted Swiss cheese added to an already delicious old-fashioned burger. It's as wonderful as it sounds.
What say you, VTMers?