Monday, May 14, 2012

Conway’s Red Top Won’t Leave You Hungry

Conway’s Red Top
1520 S. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO

I love burgers.

As if you haven’t figured that out by now.

What other food item offers such diversity of goodness?

Thick, thin. Single, double, triple.

And then you can get into all the cool and crazy toppings.

Bacon. Ham. Fried Eggs. Pineapple. BBQ sauce. Onion rings.

All of the above.

But today, I uncharacteristically tried to keep it simple.

Forgoing all the other exotic combinations, I ordered the cheeseburger with lettuce, onion and tomato.

Conway’s Red Top has been world famous for decades for its delicious burgers. I just wanted to check out the real thing. The original. Just as Mr. Conway intended when he bought this place in 1944.

Conway’s Red Top isn’t going to get any points for quaint atmosphere. A non-descript place by the side of a busy road just south of downtown Colorado Springs, this place puts all its effort into the food.

The first thing you notice about Conway’s burger is the size.

This thing looks enormous sitting on its little plate beside a pile of onion rings and French fries.

Half a foot in diameter, it takes two hands to lift it off the plate.

But after that first bite, I knew this burger was about more than just quantity.

This monstrosity just might be burger perfection.

Thick fancy burgers get all the fame and chicks, but Conway’s proves that good quality thin patties can be just as good. If not better.

It’s all about texture.

Conway’s Red Top grills its buns to a toasty crispness which in combination with the soft juicy burger, melty American cheese and crunch of lettuce and onions, conspires to make each bite a little piece of hamburger heaven.

And thanks to the fact that it is as big as a small pizza, there is no way this thin burger is going to leave you hungry.

Especially with all those onion rings and French fries, known as “frings” on Conway’s menu.

Actually, the onion rings were fairly ordinary. The skin-on fresh fries were better.

Note for next time: skip the “frings” and just stick to the fries.

Or better yet – order two burgers.

Rating: Seriously Thought About Buying Shirt.

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