Another Day, Another Burger at Christy's Hamburgers

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Ian Froeb
The "Big Christy" burger at Christy's Hamburgers
The Place: Christy's Hamburgers (14560 Manchester Road, Winchester; 636-527-4737), the second area location of a small chain founded in Starkville, Mississippi.

The Lunch: "The Big Christy" burger ($4.99) with cheese ($0.49), with fries and a drink ($3)

Christy's is a no-frills fast-casual burgers joint. The space has as much charm as a high-school cafeteria. The "fabulous" fixings bar contains several unlabeled sauces, some obvious (mustard, barbecue), some not (is that bleu cheese? or chunky ranch?).

Of course, a good burger can transcend all this.

The Verdict: I ordered the "Big Christy," a half-pound burger. There is also the "Christy" (one-third of a pound), the "Double Christy" (one pound) and the "Triple Christy" (a pound and a half). You can top this with cheese, bacon, mushrooms and/or grilled onions as well as the standard assortment of toppings and condiments from the aforementioned fixings bar. I kept mine simple, with only cheese.

The burger is very thick -- probably two inches at its thickest point. You can't specify a cooking temperature, but while my burger was close to well done, it still had a little pink here and there, and the meat was juicy.

(The fries are crinkle-cut and, while a touch bland in flavor, nicely crisped.)

The flavor was straightforward, the ground beef simply seasoned. A perfectly adequate burger, given the price point, if not especially distinctive in the ever more crowded field of burger and "better burger" joints.
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6 comments
Brupo
Brupo

I just want to know of people like the burgers!

Does anyone at RFT read these comments?  None of them are on topic, including this one.  I wish websites would grow some balls and eliminate all comments that have nothing to do with the subject at hand.  As far as I am concerned there are no comments here that are worthy of keeping, once again, this one included.

Thanks for wasting my time RFT, Bert, Mike, Ian and Kimberly!

Bert
Bert

HEY MIKE AND KIMBERLY, IT'S A BURGER REVIEW NOT A DEBATE OVER WHETHER IT'S A CHAIN OR NOT. GO OUTDOORS TODAY, OR AT LEAST OPEN A WINDOW. AND WHO OUTIDE OF SOME ARTSY FARTSY LIBERAL BUSY-BODY IS GOING TO KNOW WHAT "BUILD" IS OR DOES? JUST SIT THERE AND ORDER ANOTHER PIZZA.

Mike N.
Mike N.

Slightly off topic, but I noticed you call Christy's a chain.  This is something I've been tossing around in my head lately:  what constitutes a chain?  There is so much anti-chain vitriol out there, it kind of seems like a scarlet letter to call a place a chain.  There are two Ted Drewes, is that a chain?  There are five or six locations of PI, is that a chain?  Are local places like Lion's Choice or Fortel's or Rich and Charlie's chains?  I really don't know.

IanFroeb
IanFroeb

That's a fair question, Mike N. And I'm sure I'm guilty of using chain both in a generic sense (as I do here) and with a negative connotation. I don't know if there's a good answer. I'll do some reading and see what other industry observers say.

kimberly9938
kimberly9938

Hey Ian - Check out BUILD St. Louis. I can't recall their definition of "chain," but they do have one and use it to determine whether an independent St. Louis business is eligible for membership in BUILD.

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