(Chickasha, OK) - How is it that we've never heard of this place before? How has the name never come up during chats with other burger connoisseurs when the topic of best out-of-the-way independent greazy spoons has come up? Seriously -- we need to know.
What you've got here is the classic, small-town diner serving up a simple menu. On the menu is the obligatory Oklahoma onion burger. We don't eat onion burgers but, what, with the depression being over and all, there are full-beef burgers on the menu now on account of there's no real need to stretch that beef as far as it will go.
The fries are fresh-cut -- which we didin't necessarily expect. It was a nice surprise but we were prepared for some flash-frozen shoestrings and those would've been fine. Love fresh cut fries and these were greasy and good. We'd recommend a blanching before opening to make them crispy and less greasy -- but we realize that can be a hassle and it's not like this place some gourmet hipster destination. This is real heartland food for real people.
Which brings us to the burgers. They are served in the smash burger style that will be familiar to patrons of such fast-food joints like Culver's, Steak N Shake, Freddie's and to a lesser extent, SmashBurger. But where these are good the burgers at J&W are bigger and juicy in the middle and caramelized to crunchy on the edges. Awesome!
In short, the burgers here are what we expected when we stopped on a whim to eat. Figured they'd be good, old-fashioned diner burgers with good, old-fashioned diner fries. But it was all 5-steps better than we had hoped. What a pleasant surprise.
Side note: It's a cash establishment. There's an ATM inside but if you want to avoid the fee bring the green.