I had reached out through Facebook to the Druther’s in Campbellsville, Kentucky when I found out about its existence years ago.
Up until that point, I thought all of the restaurants had shut down.
Druther’s started out as Burger Queen in Winter Haven, Florida. The first location opened in 1956. By 1981 they had changed their name to Druther’s (a play on the word druthers) to try and change the common belief that they only sold burgers. They were also well known for their fried chicken.
After speaking to the owner Steve McCarty he told me that his parents opened this location as Burger Queen #18 back in 1970.
I thought it was pretty cool that Steve is doing his part to preserve burger history.
Druther’s and its predecessor Burger Queen’s history are included in my book All About The Burger. It was a no brainer to have a book signing there assuming that Steve would have me.
Lucky for me he was all about it.
Before the signing commenced, we enjoyed a meal.
My wife Marcela ate biscuits & sausage gravy with some country ham and hash browns.
We’re still talking about the deliciousness of the country ham as you read this.
It was tough to pick which burger I preferred between the Royal Burger (Double Decker with lettuce, tartar sauce & cheese) and the Quarter Deluxe (Quarter pound cheeseburger with mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles & onion) so I won’t. You just need to bring someone with you so you can try both.
The regular burger is pretty standard size patty. I sampled aka shared the double with cheese.
It’s fresh meat folks, not the frozen pucks that pass for burgers nowadays. It was great and reminded in look, taste, and texture to what is served by the Whataburger chain out of Texas.
|BURGER NAME||Royal Burger|
|CAN BE COOKED TO TEMP||No|
|SIZE||Two 2 ounces patties|
|STANDARD TOPPINGS||Lettuce, Tartar Sauce & Cheese|
|BURGER NAME||Quarter Deluxe Cheeseburger|
|CAN BE COOKED TO TEMP||No|
|STANDARD TOPPINGS||Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles & Onion|
The book signing was a blast and I was happy to finally meet Brian Easley, Vice President of the Druther’s Systems (which co-own several Dairy Queen locations in Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia).
He was integral in helping me get all the historical facts for Burger Queen and Druther’s correct for my book.
While I’m on that topic, if you have any stories, old pics, or memorabilia of Burger Queen or Druther’s that you’d like to share please contact Brian.
He is currently working on a coffee table book about their history.
One last shoutout to my bud Jody High of High’s Trip & Roadside facebook page who made the trip from Durham, North Carolina for the signing.
It was great seeing him again.
It’s a historical spot with great food, what other reason do you need to stop here?
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