Lawrence’s The Burger Stand at the Casbah has made a national list of the nation’s top places for burgers.
Zagat Survey’s new list of “The Best Burgers in 25 Cities” had these customer comments for the Burger Stand — “outstanding” gourmet burgers and the “best” sides — “you can’t beat the truffle or duck-fat fries.” The atmosphere is “bustling” and “feels vital without being obnoxious.”
The Burger Stand started as an Irish pub in early 2009 and later relocated to the Casbah at 803 Massachusetts. In mid-2011 it opened a Topeka location near Washburn University.
Menu items include the Smoke (with applewood smoked bacon, Gouda cheese and chipotle-cocoa ketchup), the Fire (topped with fresh avocado and habanero-cactus jam) and the Slammin’ Salmon (salmon patty with caper-pesto aioli, roasted red pepper tapenade and greens). It also serves all beef hot dogs, salads, vegetarian sandwiches and sides like smoked tofu, Cajun fries, Guinness pork chili.
Burgers have become an American staple with respondents to a recent Zagat survey saying they eat burgers more than four times per month.
The 25 burger places on the list vary from an Atlanta operation with “coma inducing” burgers and a vintage Goth vibe to a Boston operation that is cash-only and bathroomless.