Rocky’s Burger Bus is a 1960s-era urban transit bus long ago run aground, now semi-permanently anchored just outside the east entrance of the Crossroads Farmers Market. Here are some of the best burgers in the beef-happy province of Alberta.
Order food by stepping up to a window near what used to be the driver’s seat. Expect to wait a while. Although it is casual in the extreme and frills are minimal, Rocky’s cuisine cannot honestly be called fast food. Each 10-ounce hamburger is hand-pattied thick enough that it takes a while to cook on the inside-the-bus grill. Potatoes are cut and fried to order; and when things get busy – as they do at lunch when pickup trucks and Mercedes fight for parking space – the French fry production runs behind demand.
Hamburgers are broader than their buns, cooked through but astonishingly succulent, with craggy black outsides that have crunch and savor like thick bacon. A single is a big sandwich. A double is a meat orgy.
There is no indoor dining room. Accommodations consist of a few scattered-around picnic tables painted red to match the bus.