By: Alee Caldwell
Known for its deluxe, oversized burgers, Thurman’s Cafe has made its claim to fame through the Thurmanator, which was showcased on an episode of Man vs. Food. The Thurmanator: In addition to the standard burger toppings of lettuce, tomato, and pickle, the burger includes two 12-ounce patties along with sautéed mushrooms & onions, ham, mozzarella & American cheese, served with fries. In short, a heart attack on a plate.
Located at 183 Thurman Avenue in German Village, the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. While the Thurmanator is in a class of its own, even the standard burgers are enormous, yet the average price is around $13, which is a deal due to the restaurants large portion sizes which are easily enough to share.
The overall presentation of the food isn’t what you’d see in a fancy restaurant; it’s just an oversized burger and fries served in a basket, but the taste and size makes up for the lack of formality in the presentation. A burger from Thurman’s doesn’t follow the “standards” because at Thurman’s, any combination of toppings on a burger, they can do it. When it comes to freshness, Thurman’s gets five-star rating because the food is hot and mouth watering when coming out from the kitchen.
The atmosphere of this well known burger joint is social, sporty, and unique. When first walking in, there is a game/waiting area, and after being seated, the restaurant has multiple flat-screen TV’s turned to ESPN. The walls are plastered with dollar bills that have been signed by customers, along with graffiti on the table seats.
Thurman’s Cafe doesn’t take reservations, which makes it difficult to get seated when first arriving. The estimated waiting time for a table or seat at the bar can range from five minutes to over an hour, depending on the arrival time. The usual time for when the restaurant begins to fill up is around 6 p.m.
Service at Thurman’s is slightly different than what people would expect at most restaurant’s because at Thurman’s there are multiple servers for each table. The waiters and waitresses were sweet, funny, and quick on their feet when it came to bringing out the food hot and fresh.
Thurman’s Cafe is definitely a place to go with a group of friends on a Friday night—just make sure to get there a little early to ensure a good table.
Image courtesy: Thurman’s Cafe