In my never-ending quest to grow to over 900 pounds before July 4th, I've noticed that I seem to write a lot about food, especially burgers. I've even done the investigative work to determine which burger joints Lubbock desperately needs to fuel my addiction. It's gotten so bad that I even know what they call a Quarter Pounder in Holland.

Tell 'em, Vincent:


That's right. A Royale with Cheese.

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Sometimes in our quest for excellence, we do some research and realize that the best things don't necessarily come in a glamourous package. Sometimes, you gotta take a chance to find a little bit of heaven.

That's what brought me to Samburgers.

Image: Lance Ballance-Townsquare Media
Lance Ballance, Townsquare Media

A quick peek online shows several rave reviews for this seemingly derelict burger stand, located at 4437 34th Street, just west of Quaker. When I pulled up to the location, I was very skeptical. I mean, take a look at that sign! An illuminated "OPEN" sign in the window assured me that they were serving burgers, even though they're only serving people via the drive-thru.

I pulled in and could almost make out the menu selections, even thought the painted descriptions had faded a bit over time. One sign definitely caught my eye, that boldly announced the "BIG SAM COMBO" -- a half-pound burger with a large fries and large drink.

After ordering, since it would take a little time to prepare my food (always a good sign, IMHO), I pulled around to wait at the back of the building. Looking around the alley, I made note of my glee that it was daylight, because at night if someone approached my window, food in hand or not, I would probably have maced their ass.

Getting back to Broadcast House with my lunch, I was a little suspect before I opened my bag. Then, I unwrapped an example of Burger Nirvana. The patties were big and  seasoned perfectly, the veggies fresh and plentiful, and the bun soft and fresh. I took a bite and completely forgot about the cannonball-sized hole in their sign. This was good. Damn good! There's a reason that this hole in the wall (or hole in the sign?) has 4 and 1/2 stars on Yelp. It deserves it.


Leave your snooty judgment at the door and check them out.

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