Ann's Snack Bar
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Kirkwood's Home of the "Ghetto Burger"
Kirkwood's Home of the "Ghetto Burger"
It's easy to drive past the restaurant without giving it a second look, especially in an area surrounded by run down strip malls and liquor stores. But it's here that you'll find what the Wall Street Journal named the "Best Burger in America." But it's Ann's that claimed the title for the ubiquitous "Ghetto Burger," a mess of two beef patties, lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, ketchup and grilled onions. It's served in a humble fashion, on styrofoam plates at one of eight counter seats or on the covered patio, complete with mismatched chairs and astroturf for flooring. The burgers are best served alongside fries with spicy seasoning. Named for its late matriarch, Ann Price ran the restaurant from 1972 until mid-2015. She enforced a list of rules displayed above the counter, including "no cursing" and "no consuming alcohol in the snack bar." Parking is limited and waits can be long for the eatery that opens at 11 am Tuesday to Saturday. By noon, you might be surrounded by people, all waiting upwards of 30 minutes for a deliciously sloppy burger. The snack bar is cash only, but nothing will cost you more than $20.
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