Word on the street is there’s a new burger in town - Burly’s Burgers Fries & Shakes. Everyone is buzzing about Burly’s on Madison, so naturally I called up a friend who also loves a good burger and we headed over to Burly’s for lunch. So far it hasn’t been difficult finding people to accompany me on this grail quest. It seems that just about everyone is up for a burger adventure. Burly’s didn’t let us down. Well the burger and fries didn’t that is. I happened to pick the one day to go for lunch that Burly’s was out of ice cream and therefore couldn’t make me a shake. I was pretty disappointed to say the least, but wasn’t going to let it ruin my burger.
The first thing you’ll notice about Burly’s is there’s no place to park out front. There is however ample parking in the alley behind Burly’s. Just turn on N. Orleans about a half a block east of the restaurant. You can’t miss the parking signs. Once you park out back, you’ll climb a big staircase up into the restaurant. Burley’s has a number of tables in their dining room, but it isn’t a huge restaurant. The decor is simple and very open. There are about 15 tables, but no booths or private dining.
The menu is rockin’ 11 types of burgers, 6 flavors of fries and beer battered onion rings. Burly’s seems a little pricey for midtown. The average burger, fries and a drink combo is about $9.00. However, considering the size of the burger and the portion of fries, it’s not a bad deal. Regardless of what you order, you won’t leave Burly’s hungry. They also have a competition burger. It’s the big burly challenge – 3 lb. of burger plus toppings, pickle and fries. If you can eat it all in 30 minutes, it’s free. If not, it’s $18.98.
I ordered the Burly Burger with a side of Buffalo fries. It arrived at our table looking majestic and smelling pretty amazing. The 100% Black Angus Burly Burger came with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and mustard and was accompanied by a big side of ketchup. It was at least a 1/3 lb. seasoned burger patty that was not at all greasy. I’m not sure what seasonings were used, but the Burly Burger was loaded with flavor and actually had a little spice or a kick to it. Every bite was better than the last. Although I was pretty full, I was actually sad when it was all gone. It was that good.
The fries were genius! Somehow they figured a way to coat straw cut french fries in a spicy buffalo sauce and still serve them crisp. They were so good and the portion was huge. After polishing off that burger. The fries took some effort to finish.
Definitely give Burly’s a try. There are a great variety of burgers and fries to choose from as well as a junior burger and junior hotdog for the kids.
I give Burly’s 4 out of 5 stars. The burger and fries are great, perhaps the best combo in the city? I’m still sad about the shake, but I suppose I can go back.
Burly’s Burgers Fries and Shakes
662 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
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I loved their burgers. They didnt have shakes for a LONG time which really peeved me. Apparently they just stopped using a certain vendor and opted not to buy ice cream from the store. I don't think that was a wise idea since Milkshakes are part of their namesake. Whatever. I would like to go back, once they reopen.