If you’ve been to enough burger joints in your life, you probably have picked up on an informal yet usually reliable indicator that can help you predetermine the quality of the place you’re walking into.
I’m talking, of course, about rolls of paper towels. When a napkin isn’t enough, sometimes you need to go the extra mile to prevent people from making a mess of the deliciousness you’re about to serve them.
And so it was at Chunk’s Burger in Stafford, which opened in April. An old-school, funky exterior gives way to contemporary, radiant dining space with an industrial-chic vibe.
Chunk’s feels like a place where you can hang out for awhile without overstaying your welcome.
The Nelly’s Burger ($10.95) is stuffed with a mixture of mozzarella, feta and garlic and topped with mayonnaise, mustard, grilled onions and jalapeños. You can add fries and a soda for $4 to your burger of choice.
I was more than happy with the texture of the grilled onions and the zip of the jalapeños. The lightly toasted bun was a perfect vessel for the thick and juicy beef patty, which delivered an incredibly satisfying and soft melted mozzarella and feta cushion to accompany each bite.
The fries were of the softer variety, so much so that they nearly melted in your mouth. They were, however, heavily seasoned and packed a spicy punch of their own. I felt they were improved further by adding a splash of hot sauce.
Including the Veggie Burger ($8.95) there are six other burger options for you to try at Chunk’s. The Bam Burger ($8.95) includes bacon, lettuce and tomatoes and swaps out jalapeños for pickles. You can make it a double for $2 more.
The restaurant’s namesake Chunk’s Burger ($10.95) has bacon, ham and a hot dog piled atop a beef patty and is dressed with lettuce, tomato, mustard and mayonnaise.
The Clucker Samich ($7.95) is a fried chicken breast with mayonnaise and pickles, and I’m curious about how it stacks up as the only sandwich on the menu that isn’t a burger.
Next time, I’d like to give the Chili Cheese Fries with pickled jalapeños ($4.50) a try. Chunk’s added them to its menu on July 15. Have you had a chance to order them yet? What other types of restaurants are on your radar that should also be on ours? Reach out to me at email@example.com.
Address: 411 Dulles Ave., Stafford
Dining Options: Dine-in, takeout, delivery
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Entrée prices: $5.95-$10.95
Senior discount: No
Healthy options: Veggie Burger ($8.95)
Star of the show: Nelly’s Burger
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars