Beef Burger Bob's first opened in Fredonia, Kansas in the 1950s as the Iceberg Drive In. Bob and Tony Babcock bought the Iceberg in 1972. Over time they expanded it into a restaurant and renamed it with the nickname that their customers had given to Bob.
After 37 years, they moved to a smaller location in nearby Neodesha, Kansas. The new location has just 5 tables. Tony Babcock operates the restaurant full time, while Bob has retired and says that he only comes in occasionally. Still, he has been at Beef Burger Bob's every time I have. They are both fun to talk with.
Beef burgers are loose meat sandwiches, much in the spirit of NuWay and Maid-Rite. But beef burgers are not as crumbly and hold together better. At least one other Fredonia restaurant, the Tri-Mee Drive In, also offers beef burgers, but Big Bob's sign proudly proclaims that this restaurant has the original beef burger.
The menu is fairly limited. So far, I have tried their beef burger, cheese burger, hand breaded pork tenderloin, and Susie Q's. All were very good. The Susie Q style French fries are fresh, and the tenderloin is hand breaded. The other fries and onion rings are not prepared at the restaurant.
Tony bakes one type of pie each day. Unfortunately my visits have all been late in the day and the pie has already been gone.
Beef Burger Bob's should be a famous local Kansas restaurant, but so far it is a secret waiting to be discovered by you.
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