Elvis has left the building, but he would probably approve of the burger of the week at Chef Burger. Yesterday, I wrapped two hands around the Goober Burger, a peanut-butter topped piece of meat that was the first -- but not the last -- that I'll eat.
The first place I saw a peanut butter burger on the menu was in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I was 16, and it was a bit of a tough sell. (I haven't made the trip to the Wheel Inn in Sedalia to sample its claim to fame). Still, I'll eat pretty much anything in the name of Fat City (with the notable exception of KFC's Double Down).
I never thought I would replace jelly with meat, but the Goober Burger -- bacon, mayo, pickle, lettuce and tomato -- eats like a peanut butter sandwich stuffed with a burger. The salty 1/3 pound patty brings out the sweetness in the slightly melty peanut butter. The mayonnaise and pickles make you remember this is a hamburger even if the crunchy bacon gets lost in the shuffle.
Incredibly, it didn't taste weird at all. The combination was natural, like beef and chicken satay with peanut sauce.
This is the second week that Power & Light District burger shop has offered a special burger. The first week featured an Eggie Burger -- deviled egg salad, fried pickles, bacon, lettuce and tomato.
I split the Goober Burger with a friend, partly out of trepidation but mostly because I thought it might sit heavy. Even with an order of waffle fries, we were both still hungry and that is how I found myself staring at the KC BBQ-Bacon-Blue-Dog.
For that one, Chef Burger piles on barbecue sauce, chopped onion, pickle, bacon and blue cheese -- it's not unlike the Royal Bacon Blue Dog
at Kauffman Stadium, but this 1/4 pound hot dog from the River City Meat Company seems nearly as large as a burger.
"That's a big dog," said my lunch companion.
Despite a mound of toppings, it was a fairly contained hot dog. The blue cheese is the strongest flavor, helping to soften the saltiness of the hot dog and bacon -- but I still headed for a free refill and was drinking water at my desk for the rest of the afternoon.
It's likely the second meatiest hot dog in town, only behind Costco. But in a town starved for weiners, Chef Burger is worth a trip for its hot dog.