Today our lunch travels take us just across the Ohio River to Veteran’s Parkway in Clarksville, IN. Located at 1401 Veterans Pkwy next to the Walmart Shopping Center and behind Cheddar’s is our burger destination, Stevie B’s Burgers and More.
The first thing that you notice when you walk in is that the place is just plain clean. Checkered tablecloths give it that “past generation” look but the light fixtures are trendy enough to let you know that you did not travel back in time.
When approaching the order station it was very clear what was offered by looking at the giant menu board above the cashier. One of the perils of operating a service business is the enthuesiasm, or lack thereof, from your staff that can somewhat reflect the appreciation that you have for your guests. The great experiences in dining that I have both received and provided over the years have been born from the great attitudes and love that the staff members put into them. The experience today with the point of interaction between guest and business was one of indifference. The individual was not rude or impolite; however it was clearly not an exciting time for this person to be at work according to her dimeanor.
On to the meat of this article, no pun intended. Ordering is simple; choose a burger size which is either 1/3 pound or ½ pound of 100% Angus Beef. You may choose to top it yourself at the toppings bar which consists of shredded lettuce, jalepenos, pickles, sliced white or red onion, and sliced tomatoes. Or you may have them grill your toppings, which is what Lucy went with. Her choice was a 1/3 pounder with Pepper Jack cheese, grilled onions, peppers, and mushrooms. She then added jalapenos from the topping bar with a shot of mayo.
My choice for this trip was a 1/3 pounder with American cheese. I decided to top this baby from the bar with shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and sliced white onions. One shot of ketchup and mayo and I was off to give it a try. I could hear the two slices of bacon yelling the name “Mike” from back in the kitchen, but I ignored them this time.
These folks make your burger to order so there is a short wait but this guarantees that you get a very hot burger. Lucy and I decided to share a basket of pickle chips so we opted out of the french fry program this time. Some of the chips were slightly overcooked but the ones that were cooked properly were quite tasty. The burgers were a bit dry but not lacking on the flavor side.
My overall feeling about Stevie B’s is that the “Bang for your buck” is not quite there. The food is hot and fresh, the place clean and nicely arranged. There is just a kind of plainness as if you are eating plain, hot food in a plain, clean room. Disappointed? Not really. I was just not wowed.