Somehow I knew, when I began my 14-day Search for the Holy Grail of Hamburgers in Roanoke, that I’d end up right where I started …
Which was tucked into the back booth at Burger in the Square with my favorite burger date at my elbow — that’d be the Mister, TFell — chowing down on the local favorite, The Dreamer.
Full circle, people. And I couldn’t be happier about it:
Tomorrow, I’ll post a rundown of my entire burger journey, with a few thoughts on my faves. Today, though, I want to talk to you a little about *this* burger — a quarter-pound patty topped with grilled mushrooms, onions, melted provolone and bacon … and LTM, of course. Because honestly, it’s not to be missed:
BITS has deep roots in the Roanoke Valley, as far as burger-joints go. The place has been around since 1985, first in Market Square downtown, and later here, in this unassuming little shopfront across from Kroger. And regardless of location, you’d be hard pressed to find a local who doesn’t have passionate feelings about *something* on the menu.
Walk into the eatery on Brambleton Avenue, and the first thing you’ll probably notice are the awards — the cheery yellow walls are lined with one newspaper article and magazine moniker after another, all naming BITS as one of the best.
But enough of that. Order a burger already, and you’ll understand why this place has such a loyal following.
There’s plenty to choose from: a Texas Chili Burger. A Switzer, topped with Swiss cheese, sautéed onions and a side of Au Jus. The local favorite, though, is absolutely the Dreamer — “like a Philly, but on a burger,” as my server said. It’s so much melty goodness, it’s almost wrong.
Part of what makes this burger so delicious is the meat. It starts out the way every burger should — as a steak, ground in-house, morning-of — and even though it’s only a quarter-pounder, this magical creation comes loaded with so many sizzling toppings that you can’t help but feel like you’re demolishing something much, much bigger.
Don’t be shy, kids… Take a look:
Bite down and the you get an explosion of juicy flavor, and a sudden rain of topping-overage onto your plate. (No shame, people. No shame.)
And all that for $6.94.
Now, a little straight talk, here: having consumed burgers for two weeks straight, I can’t help but be surprised at what a great value you’re getting at Burger in the Square. I’ve now ordered a solid handful of sandwiches that cost *twice* what you pay at BITS and offer much less in terms of creativity, freshness, and sheer size.
And of course, you can’t beat the friendliness at BITS, where nobody — and I mean nobody — is putting on airs or fussing with fancy-folded linen napkins.
Come in jeans.
Come in your running attire.
Come with your entourage.
Come alone, order three burgers and eat them one after another — I promise, nobody’s judging.
(But save some room for the waffle fries, wouldya?).
I’m not judging, either… If you like your hamburgers three at a time, you can be my burger date any day… Especially at Burger in the Square.
See you tomorrow, hungry ‘Nokers…