Photograph by Stacy Newgent
A lot of places have burgers on the menu, but few places have only burgers on the menu. Such is Whack Burger. The comic book–themed Covington joint opened in June and serves up burgers that would still appear large when grasped by Andre the Giant’s fist. Flavors abound in the 14 burger “styles,” to wit: Curry Chutney (onion chutney, curry seasoning, and shredded lettuce); Brie & Apple (grilled red apples, melted brie, and ketchup); and Mediterranean (garlic hummus, black olives, feta cheese, and sprouts). For the timid, there are a few less wacky options, such as the Classic (bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion) or the namesake Whack Burger (bacon, jalapeño, onion, lettuce, cheese, and a secret sauce). Once you choose your style, choose from beef, turkey, or black bean patties. The carnivorous options are processed and packed by Heringer Meats, right around the corner; the black bean patty, which is more like a black bean mash, is cooked in-house with spices and veggies. You can even get the whole thing chopped up on a salad. While our favorite was the beef patty, all on-the-bun choices have two things in common: they are quite tasty, and terribly messy. The sheer size of the burgers makes them hard to handle—the toppings will spill back onto your plate, but you’ll still scoop them up. All you need is a pile of napkins, a monstrous appetite, and the fortitude to keep eating when you really should stop. At the end of our meal, none of our plates were cleared, none of our faces were clean, but all appetites were sated. Pro tip: Eat at the bar in front of the mirror so you can watch yourself consume a gigantic, one-of-a-kind burger and revel in your messy face. Then wipe it off and go back to work.
Whack Burger, 715 Madison Ave., Covington, (859) 360-3361
Originally published in the February 2013 issue.