We made a 5.5 hour round-trip visit to drop off items to our JMU student and enjoy a quick lunch. She had no interest in hanging out with us, but we had other things on our minds- Billy Jack's to be exact, our favorite restaurant in Harrisonburg. I told my husband we really needed to detour and make a visit to Jack Brown's. How would we ever know whether it was good or not if we kept going to Billy Jack's? We were warmly greeted upon entering by the young bartender, Ben. It was around 2:30pm and the bar inside was pretty full, but we were able to grab to stools and enjoy the cool pub atmosphere. Ben rattled off the special beers, but my husband said the craft beer craze wasn't his thing-kind of hit or miss with him. He ordered a Corona, which he said was @#$% good-ice cold and refreshing to take the edge off of the long drive. Lucky for us, the Showalter burger was the Sunday special. I am not a fan of food that resembles anything off of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, but my husband is and I had read about this burger and knew it was his kind of food (the kind I don't let him eat at home). From our barstools, we could watch the entire cooking process of this unusual delight. A round ball of ground beef was flattened and grilled while thick slabs of bacon were browning, the egg was frying and the glazed donut halves were warming. Thrown together just like a regular burger, but with a sweeter bun and served with a basket of tasty crinkle cut fries and a dill pickle. It was a bit of a messy burger with runny egg yolk, greaseless beef and bacon with a not too glazed donut bun. This made a perfect mix of all the right breakfast ingredients in each bite. This isn't a burger you'd want to put ketchup or anything else on. All of the ingredients complimented each other and the taste is something everyone needs to try, even if only once. I did and though it isn't the type of food normally I eat, I must admit it was surprisingly good. The fact that there was no grease to be found on the paper basket it was served in was another positive. On the menu, they offered a fried Oreo for $1. We each got one of these. They were okay, not great, but not as good as a sinful slab of some fattening cake would have been. They were small enough to satisfy a sweet tooth without making you feel overly full. The service was perfect at first, but due to a large crowd of people arriving after us and some to go orders being placed, my husband's beer bottle remained empty for too long. This was the only negative I could find. Should we crave a burger when in Harrisonburg, we know where to go.
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