Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bobo's Drive In

We are on the search for the best burger in Topeka. Here is how we rate the burger joints that we will review. First we put heavy emphasis on where the joint is headquartered, Local (Topeka) will garner an automatic 10 bonus points. Kansas owned chains (headquartered in Lawrence, Wichita, etc) an automatic 5 bonus points and National chains (those headquartered outside the state) will garner an automatic 0 bonus points.  The ten categories that we will use in our search for the best burger in Topeka will be 1.Burger Patties Quality, 2. Bun Quality, 3. Customer Service, 4. Garnish Quality, 5. Fries Quality, 6. Atmosphere, 7. Order Accuracy, 8. Cleanliness (Restrooms, Dinning area, Entrance, etc), 9. Building Accessibility and 10. Price. All categories will earn a score between 1 and 10, with 10 being the highest and 1 being the poorest.

Drive-in restaurants may not be seen as often as they used to be, but that hasn't stopped Bobo's Drive-In from attracting customers for more then 65 years (since 1948). Bobo's  has even been featured on the Food Network's popular program; Diner's, Drive-In's and Dives back in 2008. Recently, my wife and I made our way to this beloved restaurant.  Even though we both have been there, this was the first time since we started our search for the best burger in Topeka.

photo by Kevin Surbaugh

1.Burger Patties Quality: 8
I am a lost for words on how to describe how much we loved the great homemade taste of the steak burgers that we ordered. But, what more would you expect from a dinner that is considered one of the "Eight (8) Wonders of Kansas Cuisine"?

2. Bun Quality: 7
The bun itself was nothing spectacular. It was just an ordinary bun from a package. While it tasted fresh it didn't seem to be steamed or toasted.

3. Customer Service: 10
I was truly impressed with the excellent customers service. This being one of the very few places still set up like the drive-ins of old. Including the car hops that come to your car to take your order and then bring it to you.  What's more when I accidentally dropped our drinks, I expected to have to pay again, but they happily replaced them. 

4. Garnish Quality: 10
The garnishment was all very fresh, consisting of lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. Even better, there was plenty of pickles, not just 1 or 2 like most places.

5. Fries Quality: 7
I enjoyed the fries. Though they weren't the best fries, I've ever had but they very tasty. Plus, they fries were plentiful, in fact was actually to much for the two of us. 

6. Atmosphere: 9
Truly reminiscent of a 50's style dinner, we ate in the car although people can go inside to eat at a few tables or the counter.
photo by Kevin Surbaugh

7. Order Accuracy: 10
They made our order exactly as we requested. The wife ate everything on her burger I had my burger made ketchup only.

8. Cleanliness (Restrooms, Dinning area, Entrance, etc): 8
We didn't visit the restroom so we cannot speak to how clean it was.  The dinning area appeared very clean as did the entrance. The only issue was the extension chord stretched across a portion of the parking lot to the portable sign. This could be a trip hazard for those with mobility issues, particularly since it crosses the only path between the handicapped parking and the only available entrance.

9. Building Accessibility: 5
For those with mobility issues could find it hard to access the building with a step up into the only available door.
photo by Kevin Surbaugh

10. Price: 10
At $10.86 it was a very good value for the amount of food we received. 

Bonus Points: 10
Bobo's is one of the most loved and long standing local Burger places in Topeka

The over all points for this review was 9.4 points

photo by Kevin Surbaugh

2300 SW 10th Avenue
(map link courtesy of

(785) 234-4511

Hours of Operation:
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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