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Christy's Tasty Queen
1405 South 55th Street, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-287-2800
Triple cheeseburger, $5.99
Bonus: Double cheeseburger and fries for $6.20 on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Christy's is a proud relic of 1960s auto culture, when customers loved eating in the privacy of their own cars. Nothing has really changed over the four decades that the place has been open, though the menu has grown more international (tacos, burritos, egg rolls). The juicy, smoky, thick burgers remain superb, and they're not much more expensive today than they were when Richard Nixon was in the White House. They come dressed for that era, too: mustard, ketchup, pickle, onion. Judging by a glance down at the parking-lot pavement, though, those fresh onion slices get about as much respect as Nixon did after Watergate.
924 West U.S. Highway 24, Independence, 816-252-4050
Quarter-pound HiBoy, $4.95
There are three HiBoys in the metro, all locally owned. The original location, at 3424 South Blue Ridge Cutoff, is operated by one owner, with a different operator running the two Independence burger venues. That includes the tidy brick building on 24 Highway, a favorite since 1957. The burgers here are like what you'd make at home if you had time: ridiculously thick, with firm buns and tasty pickles. But there's no reproducing the HiBoy sauce at home. Don't ask. It's a secret.