Blogging from Brookside in Kansas City: New Burger Restaurant Open in Waldo

New Burger Restaurant Open in Waldo

 

There’s a new burger joint in town…yum, doesn’t that look tasty?? It’s called Burger State, located just south of of 89th and Wornall at 8920 Wornall (formerly a barbecue place).  Burger State opened last month, and has already become a neighborhood favorite with nearby residents.

 

Owner Raymond Reyes grew up in Brookside, near St Peter’s School, and has been in the restaurant business for quite a while—as a manager and consultant, opening and running local spots.  Over the years, he noticed a few things:  quality food, no matter what type, always sold well and when guests complained, it was mostly about service, not the food.  So when he decided to open his own place, he wanted a simple, basic menu with fresh, high quality ingredients and easy, fast service.  That’s exactly what he delivers at Burger State.  It’s the “fast casual” format, where customers order at the counter and pick up their food when ready (always by name, as Raymond likes to get to know his guests!).  The menu features grass fed, fresh ground beef burgers (he sampled six different types before choosing the beef type), chicken, fish and a hot dog plus salads and chili.  There is a kids menu, soft drinks plus beer and wine. His seasoned fries will stay crispy in their to- go boxes (more rounds of testing to offer that special feature); other sides include sweet potato fries, tater tots, slaw, onion rings. All the basics you’ll find at a burger place , with a higher degree of quality and freshness.  And the burger buns are…brioche bread, another upgrade! For vegetarians, he offers two options: the Impossible burger and a black bean patty.

 

One of Burger State’s specialties is the KC Fried Burger:  the beef patty is dipped in batter and then deep fried. It really seals in the juices of the burger and is one of their best sellers.  Raymond came up with this item after making onion rings at home with his kids—and decided on a whim to cook the burger covered in the same  batter. And if you are wondering how he came up with the name, it  was quite a process. He and his wife considered many, but most of them were already taken by other businesses.  He was thinking that he was in a ‘burger state of mind’ while planning the place, and then decided to see if Burger State was available as a name…and it was!  (In the USA anyway, he did find a Burger State in Bangladesh of all places).

 

Raymond now lives with his family in Waldo and says “The neighborhood has really embraced us.  It’s nice to have so many residents support small, locally owned businesses. I try to get to every table and ask about the food and ask  if customers have any suggestions for other food items to serve.“  When was the last time that happened to you when dining out?

 

Burger State is open 11am-9pm Monday through Saturday.  Stop in and try it soon—and say hi to Ray!

 

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

(Brookside/Armour Hills resident, local business supporter, NPR fan, Habitat ReStore volunteer, thankful for the gift of another day!)

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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Kansas City Homes

mary.hutchison@kansascityhomes.com

816 510 1262

www.maryhutchison.org

 

Comment balloon 7 commentsMary Hutchison, SRES, ABR • February 26 2019 10:13PM

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Thank you Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR. American's love their burgers. We have so many choices of gourmet burgers here in Scottsdale AZ. Looks like a good one. Next time I am in KC will try one.  

Posted by Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell (HomeSmart Real Estate) 10 months ago

Is there anything better than a good place to go for a great burger ? Mmmm...give us mushroom/swiss with fried onions....it doesn't get better !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 10 months ago

Good morning, Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR it's lunch time....great timing for me to look at that photo!!!  yum....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 10 months ago

Good morning Mary. I wish there was a great burger joint in my area. In your area I think it would be great.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 10 months ago

Mary,

What a great photo, it is enough to make me hungry.  Funny enough we discovered a great burger some 17 miles from us via mountainous roads.  It is well worth it.  Wishing you a great weekend.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 10 months ago

Burger State sounds like a delightful place to get quality food in a welcoming atmosphere. I only wish I was close enough to try their KFC Fried Burger. Sounds yummy!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 months ago

What a great shout out to Burger State! Well done!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 9 months ago

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