Hamburgers | Sandwich Shop | Soda Fountain
Worth a detour

We’ve encountered a style of hamburger cookery in the Midwest that we rarely see in the East. Many of these places use fresh, coarsely-ground beef and smoosh it down hard on the cooktop, resulting in a thin, irregularly-formed patty with crisp edges and the chaw of real beef which hasn’t been pulverized to a pulpy paste. The Kansas City chain Winstead’s makes such a burger.

The burgers are not large; we recommend ordering them in at least the double configuration (with grilled onions, please) for proper burger balance. The standard works garnish also includes mustard, ketchup, and pickles. On the side, french fries and fun-greasy onion rings are available. To drink, get that wonderfully refreshing Midwest treat, a limeade (which is carbonated, unlike lemonade).

This is a sit-down place, steps from Country Club Plaza, with waitress service, but priced like your local McDonald’s. It feels less like a fast-food chain, though, than a soda fountain (the ice cream sodas and shakes are very popular) crossed with a luncheonette/diner. The chain has changed hands and is now part of a local restaurant conglomerate. Such a situation makes us wary but, unlike old legendary in-name-only relics like, say, Lindy’s and Nedick’s in New York City, for instance, with Winstead’s there actually still seems to be a “there” there.

What to Eat
Winstead’s, Double Winstead
Double Winstead
Standard burger toppings include mustard, ketchup, pickle, and onion. Tomato, lettuce, cheese, and bacon are extra.
Winstead’s, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Onion rings are super crunchy, and not overly greasy.
Winstead’s, Skyscraper Milk Shake
Skyscraper Milk Shake
Split among friends, we still couldn't finish this giant, uber-thick chocolate shake called The Skyscraper. Warning to the attention averse: When served, it comes with a song and dance with a tambourine.
Winstead’s, Triple Winstead
Triple Winstead
85% lean beef patties are smashed onto an un-oiled griddle until they become flat, thin disks with an incredible rich, brown crust.
Winstead’s, Apple Dumpling
Apple Dumpling
Not-to-sweet, warm apple filling enclosed in flaky, buttery crust, topped with cool ice cream: the perfect way to end a meal.
Winstead’s, Cherry Limeade
Cherry Limeade
Unique to the midwest, this Cherry Limeade consists of limeade, cherry juice, sprite, and lime sherbet.
Winstead’s, Single Winstead
Single Winstead
The Single Winstead burger is a bit thin. We prefer a double or triple.
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayOpen 24 hours
MondayOpen 24 hours
TuesdayOpen 24 hours
WednesdayOpen 24 hours
ThursdayOpen 24 hours
FridayOpen 24 hours
SaturdayOpen 24 hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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