When Hamburger Heroes suddenly closed down its Park City location late last year, residents were not pleased. The restaurant had developed a reputation as one of the town’s best burger joints.
But as soon as they closed it, owners Josh and Bri Sams announced plans to reopen it in downtown Wichita, where they felt they could find more of a dinner crowd.
By early December, the move was complete. (And the “es” was dropped from the title. It’s now just “Hamburger Hero.”)
Although the Sams didn’t find their dinner crowd — in a few weeks, they’ll eliminate evening hours completely and add breakfast — so far, they’re attracting healthy crowds of downtown workers hungry for a lunchtime burger fix.
We ordered sides of both french fries and tater tots to go with our meal. The fresh-cut fries were the wonderful kind that retain a bit of the skin, are thin cut and fried until dark brown. The tots were delicious, too, and weren’t the grease sponges that tots can easily become.
The menu touts the restaurant’s catfish strips ($7) as “the best in the galaxy,” and they were pretty amazing. An order features a generous serving of thin-cut, farm-raised catfish fried in a delicious (but pretty salty) batter. The fish inside was fresh tasting, and the strips were not at all greasy. Ask for a side of tartar sauce.
We also enjoyed the “cheez steak” sandwich, served on a fresh-baked hoagie and filled with a decadent mixture of grilled rib eye, onions, mushrooms and melty Swiss cheese that sticks to your teeth.