Captain Billy Whizbang's. What does a derivation to the title of a racy, 1920s comic book have to do with hamburgers? Not much, except that's what this place used to be called. Way back in 2005, this easy-to-find but widely unknown eatery carried that mouthful of a moniker. Now, under new ownership, Old Town Hamburgers goes for a more obvious approach. Located near the intersection of Bowen and Park Row, Old Town Hamburgers calls Pantego, Texas, home. For those who don't know, Pantego is a short drive west of Grand Prairie, and is surrounded almost completely by Arlington.
Upon entering the store you will see a complementary mix of old and new. Old-style booths, tablecloths, and light fixtures. New plasma TV, and self-serve soda fountain. The cashier/waitress/hostess explained that senior citizens are frequently there for lunch, and high-schoolers are the late crowd. The dining room and tables were clean and inviting when reviewed. However, there is no place to change a baby in the restroom.
If you have seen enough Big Macs and Whoppers lately, why not spice things up a bit, literally? Old Town takes their seasoning seriously, and their seasoning is pepper. Don't like pepper? Don't order a burger. The butteriness of their beef patties is similar to Culver's, but the taste is pretty unique, and.... peppery. All sandwich buns are grilled, and from the taste of it, seasoned, on both sides.
A double cheeseburger combo (6.39) comes with all the usual fixin's, and is served with regular french fries and a drink. The regular french fries aren't bad at all, but many folks prefer to substitute the sweet potato fries for a few cents more. Got a large appetite? Do you like onions? Then, ask for the Cowtown Burger. This monster is a half-pound of beef with a large helping of grilled onions slapped between the bread.
Some items you may not expect from a burger joint include: Philly Cheese-steak (a popular order), chicken-fried steak sandwich, chicken-fried chicken sandwich, catfish, fried jalapenos, fried pickles, and fried green beans. Their specialty burgers are: Avocado, turkey, mushroom Swiss, the aforementioned Cowtown, and the New Mexico Burger which is topped with pepper-jack cheese and jalapenos.
The address is 2406 Park Row, and you can call 817-276-9191 for take-out orders. Old Town Hamburgers is open 11am to 9pm, Monday through Friday, 10:30am to 9pm on Saturday, and 11am to 3pm on Sunday. However, you should call ahead because hours are subject to change.
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