For years, as I’ve been traveling back and forth to Odessa for business, I’ve seen the Permian Basin Hamburger Company. I’ve even tried to eat there on a couple of occasions. But until today, the stars had not so aligned themselves as to allow it.
The menu, on the outside wall, appeared straight-forward,so I went in. It appeared fairly standard with a line working toward the door out of cattle shoot from the left corner. When I got to the counter to order, I was standing at a three-quarter’s height wall directly in front of the griddle.
I ordered a cheeseburger, and the cook took a patty off the front of the griddle, slapped it on a giant Colonial bun, spread some grated cheese across the top of it and handed it to me on a divided plate (like you would get in a school or hospital cafeteria).
Next in line was a steam table (again like you see in a school cafeteria) which contained french fries and re-fried beans. I’ve never been to a place that served beans with their burgers. Interesting. These were followed by small styrofoam containers of dessert – banana pudding and cherry cobbler.
This is the view from my table top toward the front of the restaurant. Most everyone that was there appeared to eat there on a regular basis by the way they carried on conversations with the other patrons and the wait staff.
Here’s my plate:
The french fries were skin on and, had they been hot, would have likely been quite good. The burger itself was thin and pricey (for $8.48 with fries, beans and a drink) and I’m just not a fan of melted grated cheddar cheese on a burger. The cherry cobbler was industrial tasting, at best. All things considered, it was comparatively pricy and not terribly good.
Sadly, I had built it up in my mind over the years that I hadn’t made it there so it was a truly disappointing experience.