Stanton’s City Bites in First Ward may be filled with walls of memorabilia, a diner-style stool counter, and other architectural items that say, “this building is old,” but the food is anything but. Everything at Stanton’s is made to order, which includes half-pound burgers inside butter-soft buns, loaded sandwiches, and all the best ways to fry potatoes. Every bite makes us wonder why the burgers here taste so unbelievably good: Is it the bread? The beef used for the patty? Is it the fact that you feel like you're on the set of Happy Days while eating there, or is it the smell of caramelized beef wafting from the kitchen like some kind of meat-themed perfume counter? It’s probably all of those things, as well as toppings like a whole hashbrown or piles of blue cheese. Go to Stanton’s for lunch, or for dinner, or simply to experience unencumbered and slightly nostalgic joy.
Spicy Chipotle Burger
Every burger at Stanton’s is beef forward, but the supporting actors of a jalapeño-laced bun, smoky chipotle mayo and chipotle butter, and melted jalapeño jack cheese will have you considering not only nominating the Spicy Chipotle burger for an award, but possibly contemplating some kind of burger-human marriage situation.
Miss Piggie Burger
True to the thick and juicy idol for which it's named, the Miss Piggie Burger has a griddled bacon and beef patty, a large crispy hash brown, and thick slices of candied bacon. The burger is slightly sweet from the candied pork, which we would like to think Miss Piggie herself would appreciate.