Excellent | Worth a Detour
Gary’s Hamburgers | Drive In Burger At Its Best
Review by: Michael Stern
Funny, It Doesn’t Look Special
Gary’s Hamburgers looks and operates like a thousand other fast-food hamburger joints. Step up to the counter, read the menu posted above, place your order, and pay. A hearty meal will get you change from a ten-dollar bill. Take a number to bring to a table, to which the food will be delivered. On the way to the table, grab a straw for your drink and paper towels to use as napkins. Prepare to enjoy a drive in burger at its best.
Oh, What a Beautiful Burger at Gary’s Hamburgers
The thick, hand-fashioned burger patty sports a gnarled crusty surface. Dress it all the way under a virtual bouquet of garnishes. I don’t contend that it competes with a gourmet steak-house burger. It doesn’t even try to match one of those upscale urban $15 burgers. No, Gary’s serves quintessential drive-in fare. It surely bests the the big national chains. But it doesn’t try to be anything other than what it is. So if I call it an artisan fast food burger, please don’t think I am saying it is fancy. I simply mean that here you have an inexpensive hamburger prepared with skill and dressed with style. When the craving for one strikes, I can’t imagine a better choice than Gary’s. This truly is a drive in burger at its best. Even better: make it a double. With cheese. And bacon.
Biscuits to Make Mama Proud
Do not dismiss breakfast. Gary’s hamburgers are fragile, creamy, crisp-edged buttermilk biscuits meet the highest Deep South standards. When they sandwich pieces of excellent fried chicken or a split and grilled smoky link, you’re in breakfast-sandwich heaven.
I frequent the Gary’s that is near the Savannah River in North Augusta. There are three others on both sides of the river. I might never have visited this little local chain were it not for the recommendation of Roadfood’s Master of the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area), Chickenplucker, aka Keith McLendon. About his double cheeseburger at Gary’s, he wrote, “Whatever toppings or condiments you decide on, the flavor of the beef shines through.” Amen.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Tuesday: 6:30 AM – 8:30 PM
- Wednesday: 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Thursday: 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Saturday: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Sunday: 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|