I am a big fan of a cheeseburger and fries. Big fan. So, when assigned to Rockies Famous Burgers to review, I was happy to oblige. I snagged another BW staffer and at 11:30 a.m. on a weekday, off we went. Concerned about price, Staffer and I discussed how to split the tab. Two people can barely eat for under $10 at a franchise burger joint. There's no way the two of us could eat for that at an old-fashioned burger drive-in. Cue suspenseful music: or so I thought ...
Rockies is mainly a dine-out-only place. Instructions are: Park your car and smiling service is brought to you courtesy of a brave young thing on roller skates. Without writing anything down, she will take your order and return quite promptly with a brown bag chock full of greasy goodness. As soon as we arrived, our skating waitress was carside. As she was pulling a menu from her apron, she said, "Today's special is a bacon cheeseburger, fries and a drink for $3.99."
Staffer and I both turned to our waitress, shocked. "Did you just say $3.99? For all of that?"
"Yes," she replied knowingly, obviously having answered the question before. "We'll each have the special." As our waitress skated away, we marveled at our good fortune. With our 32-ounce sodas and big brown bags in hand, we sat at a one of a handful of plastic picnic tables nearby under a huge net tent. With the sun off our backs, we opened our bags and oohed and ahhed at the sight of our lunches.
Our burgers were huge. They were a little rare, which was initially off-putting, until I realized that most burger joints char the beef and that's just what I'm used to. I will seek out rarer burgers in the future. The bacon was cooked to perfection: done, but not overdone and thankfully not under. It was easily one of the best burgers I have ever forced myself to finish. Staffer, being much smaller in stature than me, was only able to complete half of her burger and we both took most of our fries back to the office to share.
Even with a $3 tip for our brave girl on wheels, our meal came to just $12 and some change. If you're looking for a huge tasty lunch at a tiny price, I suggest Rockies. Too bad I started a diet this week. I could really go for some fries right now.
-Amy Atkins laughs in the face of brave young things.