When it came time to order, I knew exactly what would satisfy my craving, so my eyes didn’t stray far from the burger listings. However, Maggie found herself tempted by the Urban Dogs hot dog offerings, with Instant Karma–like toppings including whipped cream cheese jalapeño sauce and mango-avocado pico de gallo. Ultimately, though, the comfort food combo of the 3-Cheese Mac-N-Cheeseburger was calling her name.
Maggie’s patty came topped with super-baked, super-gooey macaroni and cheese. The pasta was the tiniest bit overcooked, making it nice and soft so you didn’t have any distracting, toothsome al dente noodles messing up each bite. Pro tip: If you save your leftovers and heat them up the next day, the butter and cheese soaks into the patty and makes it even more moist. For a little sweet-and-savory tango, Maggie got sweet potato fries as her side. To up the ante, they can come dusted with powdered sugar and served with syrup—if you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is the side for you.
When it comes to burgers, I like things as close to a classic as possible—why mess with a good thing? I went for the Vegas All-Nighter burger. After having spent a few too many all-nighters in Vegas myself, I could see how this bad boy would hit the spot on a rough morning-after. Hot, greasy, oozy and comforting, the burger consists of a beef patty topped with cheddar, bacon, tomato and a fried egg. I like my eggs runny, and the yolk kept the whole shebang from being too dry. Again, keeping it classic, I stuck with the house-made fresh-cut fries, and their saltiness was a great complement to the salty bites of bacon on my burger.
At the end of the night, my burger craving had been quenched, and my lemon of a weekend had quite literally been turned into lemonade. The expansive menu and inventive dishes had me curious to try even more. Fortunately, Lemonade House Grille has been franchised, and there are locations in Ozark, Poplar Bluff, Dexter, Cape Girardeau and Paragould, Arkansas. So, next time life hands you lemons, you know where to go.