Southern Living claimed it was, and Serious Eats gave it a nice write-up here. So when I found out I was coming to Russellville for a week of professional development my one goal (besides learning new and better ways to engage my students in learning), was to eat at CJ’s Butcher Boy Burgers. I accomplished that goal on the first night here.
I’m pleased to report that CJ’s serves up an incredible burger. The fresh-ground beef is sitting balled-up in a glass butcher case when you come in. After you order (you only have two choices by the way, the single burger or the double burger), They take out a ball of meat, slap it on the griddle, and flatten it with a burger press. All right in front of you. While the cook is doing that, another worker takes a potato and cuts the fries. That’s right, the potato making your fries isn’t even cut until you order. And it all comes together into a perfectly cooked, juicy, flavorful package at the end. Also their chocolate malts are good. When people think Russellville, they usually think Feltner’s Whatta-Burger. Don’t get me wrong, Whatta-Burger is good.
But CJ’s is better.
Is it the best burger in Arkansas? I don’t know. There’s too many out there I haven’t tried. Arkansas Burger Company in Little Rock makes a great one, and on my birthday I had the feta and pesto burger at Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro in the River Market (The patty on that thing was at least an inch and a half thick and perfectly cooked all the way through. How did they do that?), and it was pretty awesome. But CJ’s definitely deserves to be in running. If you find yourself in the Russellville area sometime, you’d be doing yourself – okay maybe not your heart, but definitely your stomach – a favor by stopping at CJ’s.