Sometimes you can have your steakburger and eat it, too.
By CINDY HOEDEL
The Kansas City Star
Thats what Winsteads offers in my book. Here you have a really terrific burger from a local restaurant with a tradition dating back to 1940 and you can get it 24 hours a day from a drive-through window (at the Plaza location).
And theres a dill pickle on the top: At the two locations I frequent the most, the original Plaza diner and the downtown Overland Park store on Metcalf, the drive-through service is lightning fast.
Throw in crazy low prices ($2.80 for a single with everything, including grilled onions, lettuce and tomato), and nine area locations, and I cant think of a single reason to go to a national chain for beef on a bun.
Speaking of national chains, Winsteads has been serving its chocolate frosty shake that you eat with a spoon longer than Wendys. This is the perfect summer to taste test it, if youve never had one.
Winsteads steakburgers are of the smashed-flat on a grill variety that leaves juicy raggedy edges sticking out from the bun. I normally get the pickle, lettuce and tomato on my burger to be healthy, but when Im feeling indulgent I stick to just the beef, grilled onions and mustard for a pure burger high.
The white buns are light, airy and flavorless, which is perfect. When a hamburger is really good, I dont want any whole grain taste competing with the seared beef.
Although the drive-through is addictive for its speed, if you sit at the counter in the dining room on the Plaza, youll still get your burger in 10 minutes or less with a side of fabulous late-deco, pink-neon-lit ambience.
101 Emanuel Cleaver Blvd. (and eight other locations)
Hours: Dining room 6 a.m.-midnight daily; drive-through 24 hours. Hours at other locations vary.
Parking: Free and ample
Credit cards: Yes
Dont miss: Single steakburger, $2.55
Ethics policy: The Star purchases all food sampled.