London: Big Bob’s Burgers Is a Local Favorite
One of the great culinary traditions of Kentucky are the small town burger joints. I confess to having a soft spot for them, and seemingly every small town has one. Every native swears by his own local burger, usually with good reason.
That is certainly the case with the folks in London, Kentucky home of Big Bob’s Burgers. Big Bob’s is a bit out of the way in London, taking you out of town west on HWY 80 toward Somerset. You can’t miss it because it’s up on a hill directly across the road from the giant Walmart distribution center.
Bob’s has its status as local choice favorite proudly displayed in its newer dining room. Unlike a lot of burger oriented restaurants, Big Bob’s actually has table service. The waitress was prompt and friendly.
There were various options on the menu (Big Bob reportedly cooks their southeastern Kentucky chili himself), but it was for one of the famous burgers I had come and it was a burger I would have. I added an order of their homemade—and local favorite—fries (the waitress confessed the onion rings were frozen). I figured I couldn’t go wrong with adding bacon (you should do that, too, of course).
The food came promptly, but not so promptly as to warrant suspicion. The burger had the right homemade, rather than restaurant, burger taste. It was thick and juicy with plenty of flavor. It was clear why Big Bob’s is well loved in London.
But for me, Bob’s fries were the real star of the show. Cut thin with skins still on and deep fried to perfection, the fries are a must buy.
It turned out the drive out to Big Bob’s was worth it, and those Best of the Best banners hanging on the wall were well earned. The next time you take the north London exit off I-75, you might want to head west toward Big Bob’s rather than east into London. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.
Big Bob’s Burgers
176 Abbuhl Road
(across from Walmart distribution center on HWY 80)
Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 6:30 PM