I’ve been wanting to take a relaxing day ride for awhile, but the demands of chores, and the weather in Missouri conspired to keep me close to home, until yesterday. The weather has gotten hot and dry enough that the yard could go a weekend without being mowed, and an article in the West Central Electric Cooperative paper, ElectricNews gave me a destination. Mama’s Burgers & Such is a small burger joint located in Sparta, MO, about 20 miles S of Springfield. I love a good cheeseburger, and the chance to get in a nice ride, and have a good cheese burger with it was all I needed to get motivated.
So, about Mama’s Burgers & Such. The restaurant itself was not what I expected. It’s in a small building on the side of the highway with a glass door that doesn’t seem to fit the rest of the decor. It’s kind of cramped, but quaint, decorated with the owner’s vision of a cross between a dinner, and tea room. But it was not the decor that brought me here. It was the description of their burgers and tenderloins. Mama herself told me that their Smokehouse Burger, and that was just what I was there for. I ordered that, and of course french fries. My meal came in about 10 minutes, and it was delicious. The burger tasted similar to others I’ve had that claim to be Black Angus. It was flavorful and topped with bacon, fried onion rings, what tasted like American cheese, and barbeque sauce. The french fries were almost burn your mouth hot, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and very good. When I left they asked about where I had come from, and then asked me to sign their guest book. They also gave me a sample of brownie, and a small glass of Coke to wash it down with before I got back on the bike.
All in all, the burger was very good. A great treat to go along with the ride. If I ever find myself with twenty miles of Mama’s I will stop in again.