Bubba Louie's Burger Bus
3rd St. and 53rd Ave. S.E.
Burger: Bubba Classic cheeseburger ($5). A 1/3 lb. beef patty on a plain bun, topped with processed cheese, mustard, ketchup, relish and onions.
Sides: Fries or onion rings. Gravy is also available.
Atmosphere: The bus is a converted cube van, so plan to get your food to go.
Menu: A bare-bones menu with a few interesting twists such as the Jus de Louie — a cross between a burger and a beef dip. There's also barbecue beef on a bun, an Italian sausage or a hot dog. You can combo anything for $8, which includes fries and a drink. There's also a Cardiac Arrest breakfast sandwich served until 10:30 a.m. that consists of a grilled bun, two fried eggs, bacon, cheese and a cup of coffee, all for $4.
Decision: I'm starting to think that while you're not guaranteed a good burger if it comes from a bus, it certainly helps increase the odds. My patty from Bubba Louie's wasn't even uniform in height and yet, somehow, I'm convinced this was a good thing. Without any doubt, my patty was made fresh, without a ton of filler, and cooked to order. The menu has a note that says "...we make everything fresh, and that takes time." I can't sum it up much better than that. The burger as a whole was delicious and the 1/3 lb. patty provided a great anchor to the rest of the sandwich. I would absolutely go out of my way to eat there again, but I should note that Rocky's Burger Bus would beat Bubba Louie’s if there was a Calgary burger bus battle.
Next Up: Cat n’ Fiddle Pub, 504 16 Ave. N.W.
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