Monday Munchies: Lasso the Wayfarer’s Cowboy Burger

Giddy up! (Photo courtesy Jefferson Matthew VanBilliard)

It’s Burger Week at the OC Weekly offices and if I am being completely honest with you, I have to say it doesn’t take a special week dedicated to our favorite sandwich to get me to tear into a medium rare patty of ground beef surrounded by bread. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been a bit happier with the sun on my back and the smell of charred beef in the air and now that I live within walking distance of my favorite bar, I can enjoy their smorgasbord of choices seven days a week. Some people get caught up in the age-old argument of “who does it better” when they’re talking about their favorite burger, but for me there’s no need to discuss In-N-Out or even Five Guys because I happen to know of a patty that never fails to fill me up and end the hangry rage that I feel everyday after the clock strikes 4:20.

The Wayfarer’s menu is large enough to reel in even the pickiest of eaters but truth be told there’s no reason to look past the obvious star of the show on their burger roster. The Cowboy Burger comes to the party early and it always brings along a few of its friends to add to the good times. Sliced jalapeños and freshly sizzled bacon come stacked atop the Wayfarer’s perfectly cooked patty. House barbecue sauce is then drizzled over the mountainous pile of dough and meat, while a side of golden fried tater tots patiently wait for you to finish the main course. At first sight, you may feel a bit apprehensive about taking on such a monumental task but trust me, it’s worth it.

After finishing the largest burger you’ve ever had the privilege to encounter, stumble over to the bar and quench your thirst with one of the Wayfarer’s samplings of hard to find beers and grab a comfortable place to settle in for the night because chances are, if you stick around long enough you’re either going to see a great local band or you’ll work up enough of an appetite to try going another round with that goddamn delicious burger. Happy Smoking!

The Wayfarer is at 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa;

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