Hamburger Mary’s fails to compete

By Zachary Wright
Copy Editor

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BBQ burger with homemade french fries. Photo by Zachary Wright.

Come for the food but stay for the show should be the motto of Hamburger Mary’s. As the name implies, what you’ll find at this drag themed restaurant in Andersonville is burgers of all shapes and sizes. While it is easy to get distracted by the fluff, Hamburger Mary’s offers reasonably priced burgers but it is clear they’re focused more on live shows and performances.

Hamburgers are a classic treat that is meant to have no frills. While they’re versatile and essentially an empty canvas to create beautiful flavors, Hamburger Mary’s seems to be lacking in this department. The menu selection is pretty vast but it’s not overwhelming which is a plus. Now, while Mary’s offers an extensive selection of burgers, there is nothing that stands out from the rest of the crowd. Whatever you order can be found in just about any burger place. If it wasn’t for the drag shows, Hamburger Mary’s would be just a burger joint that offers a decent burger on a late night.

The place itself is seat yourself. For Mary’s, this means the closer you sit to the bar, the better off you’d get decent service. The wait staff is slow moving and seems to not care which is a big con of eating here.

Now, since the entertainment makes up for the food. Hamburger Mary’s does have a full bar and offers a milkshakes with booze too. There is a drag show every other night so you can get dinner and a show if you can compromise. One of the biggest downsides to Hamburger Mary’s is that it feels rather drafty and is weirdly lit during the day. Despite having large windows that allow for the sun to shine through, it is still very dark and feels dreary even on a sunny day. The overall decor is also very clunky. Mary’s tries to go for a messy, vintage theme but it comes off as rather tacky and feels like you’re dining in sloppy drawing that came to life.

3 out of 5 torches

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