W & M Bar-B-Q Burgers
Everyone knows that I like burgers. I especially like barbecue burgers, or teriyaki burgers (or teri burgers) as we sometimes call them. Today, I decided to go to the place that I think serves the best B.B.Q. burgers, W & M Bar-B-Q Burger. If you're wondering just how good this place is, it's been in business since the early 1950's and in it's current location since the 80's!
Driving down, or up, Waialae Avenue, it's located near City Mill. You may even be able to make out their sign when you're driving by...if you have good eyesight!
Actually, the sign is very small. If you don't know where to turn, you may just miss the entrance to the small parking lot. All of the spaces in the parking lot were full (there are 6 or 7 spaces), but I was lucky that someone was leaving as I was entering. It was lunch time so it was crowded, but then again, every time I've been here, it's been crowded.
I ordered the B.B.Q. Royal (US$2.95) and an order of french fries (US$1.65) and since there's no seating anywhere, this meal was to go. While I was waiting for my food, like all these others, I took a quick peek at the food preparation.
There was one woman who manned the grill. She would dip a burger into the B.B.Q. sauce, then place it on the grill. When it was time to flip the burger over, she would dip it into the B.B.Q. sauce again before putting it back on the grill. The cheese was also dipped into the B.B.Q. sauce before being placed on the burger which was still on the grill. Maybe this was being done to give the burger more B.B.Q flavor, but it certainly helped the cheese to begin melting.
A second woman was assembling all the burgers. She had to work quickly as there was only a limited amount of counter space and lots of hungry customers!
About 10 minutes later, my name was called and I was off with my lunch. Since it was a nice day, I decided to have lunch near the beach. And here it is....
The B.B.Q. Royal is topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese (I opted for no onions). The burgers are dressed with your choice of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and mustard (I opted for no mustard).
The flame-broiled burger was delicious and juicy. The B.B.Q. sauce was nice and sweet. I'm glad I ate this right away, otherwise, more of the bun would have been soaked by all that sauce. The repeated "dipping" of the patty in the barbecue sauce is why this burger had so much flavor.
The french fries were crisp and crunchy on the outside, and moist on the inside. These were just lightly salted (I should have asked for unsalted) and not too greasy. They must have been drained quite well. Even the paper bag that this was given to me in was free of grease spots.
W & M only serves B.B.Q. burgers and B.B.Q. steak (teriyaki steak) sandwiches, so if you're in the mood for one, your best would be to come here. And oh, look closely for the sign, you don't want to miss it!
W & M Bar-B-Q Burgers
3104 Waialae Avenue