A few years back, I remember reading some blurb about Vicki’s Lunch Van (2520 Fairground Road) in Montgomery, about how it was Alabama’s Best Burger. When someone affixes a title like that on a restaurant, it sets a level of expectation that sometimes cannot be met. I was interested to see if it was legit.
Vicki’s was originally a permanent mobile unit until they moved to their current old school fast food type digs (a former Burger Chef building) in 2013. I bet it was quite the experience back then.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when we walked in, but there were a couple of folks in line (don’t worry, it moves fast) ahead of us. It did give me some time to review the menu and decide what I was going to eat.
And there it was on the menu, the Gunter Pile. What is a Gunter Pile, you say?
Well, the Gunter Pile is a 4 oz. burger patty topped with cheese, gravy, crispy onions & grilled onions served on a bed of fries). This madness was good, but I needed to stop as I also had a 4 oz burger on deck too.
My wife Marcela ordered her 4 oz. all the way with lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickle, onions, mayo, ketchup & mustard. She was quietly enjoying her burger when I set my sights on mine.
The first thing I noticed about the burger patty was its shape (super-deformed), which is a sign of good things to come. I need to compare this moment to a first kiss cause the minute my lips made contact with my burger; it was full infatuation mode. I put the burger down and just stared at it, what a beauty.
Before I knew it, I was looking at a platter of fries. No disrespect meant to them, but I wanted to relive that moment all over again à la Groundhog Day. My biggest regret, though, was not taking an extra one to go that day.
Even now, I’m still daydreaming about driving through Montgomery, Alabama, and stopping in at Vicki’s Lunch Van for a burger. Wow, what a burger!