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Best burger in Arkansas?

By: 16 June 2010 3 Comments

Truth in advertising -- a rare thing.

While there are a ton of restaurants in this great state that claim to make the best hamburger in Arkansas, very few of them actually deliver the goods.

C-J’s Butcher Boy Burgers in Russellville, however, backs up the “our burgers are great” claim with fresh meat, generous portions and plenty of room for customization. Moreover, a double burger combo can be had for less than $10 — an absolute bargain considering what you get.

As the marketing points out C-J’s Butcher Boy does one thing and the company does it very well. You get your choice of either a single patty, one-third pound burger or a double. You can choose from the expected condiments (mustard, cheese, lettuce, onions, etc.) or add some more atypical things such as mushrooms (fresh — or very close to it — of course) and bacon.

CJ's Butcher Boy Burgers (N. Arkansas Ave) on UrbanspoonThe burgers are made while you wait and do take a few minutes, but that small delay is well worth it. The burgers come out grilled to perfection and almost screaming “homemade.” A case at the front displays the fresh meat ready to be shaped into burgers so that happy diners can see for themselves what will be used to make their meals.

That kind of “look at what we’re doing” attitude simply permeates the place. Diners are encouraged to watch the C-J’s crew assemble burgers and potatoes are cut into french fries by a press that’s in plain view. Oh, and the fries are great, too — as fresh as the hamburgers and coated with a mild blend of spices that ads that little extra “something” to the overall flavor. Naturally, plenty of fries (perhaps a few too many) are included with each combo.

Oh, and the place makes a mean malt or shake (if you’d rather do without the “malt” flavor), too. Those things are thick and tasty.

The quality burgers and hand-cut fries are well complimented by the 1950s-inspired decor. There’s even a jukebox loaded up with oldies and customers can select the songs of their choice for free.

All in all, simplicity is the key around C-J’s Butcher Boy. They do one thing and they do it very well — if that restaurant doesn’t make the best burger in Arkansas, it certainly comes close. It’s well worth a visit the next time you’re passing through Russellville. It’s easy to find, too — right off Interstate 40 on Arkansas Avenue (Highway 7).

C-J’s Butcher Boy Burgers — 2803 North Arkansas Avenue, Russellville, AR 72802-8986; phone = (479) 968-2300? and the listing on Google Maps is here.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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  • Debbie said:

    Love CJ’s:) We’re on a quest for really good sushi in NWA butare well. have been disappointed so far. Any recommendations? Haven’t seen your folks in ages. Hope they

  • Ethan C. Nobles (author) said:

    You know, “sushi” and “Arkansas” might not mix too well…

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