Monday, March 12, 2012

Wild Willy's

On our way home from New Hampshire last weekend we made a spur of the moment pit stop at Wild Willy's in Rochester. The casual Lone Ranger themed outpost is located right off Route 16 (Spaulding Turnpike) at 12 Gonic Road. My nice camera was packed somewhere away in the trunk, and initially I didn't even plan to blog about this meal. Queue the iPhone, which still takes decent photo and comes in extremely handy when the food served looks too good not to photograph!Specializing in charbroiled burgers with pattys handmade every morning from 100% certified Angus ground chuck, they served up one of the best burgers I've had in a long time, especially considering the reasonable price point. (We also scored an online buy one, get one free coupon, so this meal ended up being a serious deal!) The French Fries ($2.50) made from hand cut Maine potatoes were not particularly crispy, though the golden brown exterior might lead you to believe otherwise. Even so, I thought they were delicious, as I do enjoy a real potato-ey fry! They were really clean tasting, salted with restraint, and nicely complimented the burgers. Adam's Raspberry Lime Rickey ($3.00) looked mouthwatering! He claims it wasn't his favorite rendition of the sweet and fizzy retro drink. I took a few sips and I thought it was refreshing, but it could have been a tad sweeter.
Willy's offers everything from bottled beers (they even had Red Hook!), to old fashioned draft root beer and ice cream floats. I had to give it up to the thick and creamy Coffee Frappe ($4.75) made with Giffords Famous Ice Cream. It had been ages since I had a frappe and lets face it, I drink beer all the time, so switching it up in this instance felt like the thing to do. A hot juicy burger and cold creamy frappe makes for one hell of a combo. Speaking of that, from the menu with a plethora of burger options I chose the Wicked Good ($6.75) boasting thick cut sauteed mushrooms and onions piled a top swiss and cheddar cheeses. The tender yet firmly packed and juicy patty was cooked to the perfect temperature (medium, as requested) and sandwiched on a crispy, charbroiled bun. The cheese wasn't melted, and normally I would prefer it to be, but am not extremely picky, either. In this instance, it felt right. I thought this burger was awesome and the group concurred.
The counter service was efficient and the Cowboy themed interior space was clean and welcoming. Wild Willy's boasts seven other locations throughout Massachusetts (Needham, Quincy, Watertown and Worchester) and Maine (South Portland and York.) Prior to this trip, I had no idea this franchise even existed, never mind the fact that they are located all over New England. I wouldn't hesitate to return and would definitely recommend them for a great tasting, inexpensive burger and killer frappes! Have you ever had a Wild Willy's burger? What did you think?
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21 comments:

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I only recently tried Wild Willy's for the first time (in Watertown) and loved the burger!

Cristy said...

I have always been curious about the one in Watertown - adding it to my list of burger spots! :)

mr. pineapple man said...

MMM I love a good burger! I always get sweet potato fries whenever it is available- so good!

In and Around Town said...

I have never been, but I am ALWAYS looking for a good reason to try a new burger :)

momto8 said...

never heard of it...looks and sounds like a place everyone would like! good for you...

Michelle Collins said...

I love how this was such an affordable and tasty meal!

Megan said...

I think I drove by one once but I haven't tried their burgers yet. The mushrooms on yours are calling my name!

Bonnie said...

Mr. A would FLIP for that giant burger.

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Amber said...

My husband would love this place. I swear he orders a burger everywhere we go!

Jen said...

I would've guessed those fries were really crispy, too! Even if they aren't, they look delish.

And that raspberry lime fizzy drink, YUM.

MelissaNibbles said...

I've never even heard of Willy's! I want some!

Claire Davis said...

Love cheese and mushrooms on my burger! This looks like it was a delicious stop.

kfenton917 said...

Hand cut fries, one of my favorites!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

i am a sucker for a good Rickey! I always get them in the summer at this place in walking distance to my apt. :)

Simply Life said...

looks like a fun place to stop! I never know with places like this if they'll be a hit or miss- looks like you found a winner!

Elizabeth said...

Whoa, I had no idea they had such good looking shakes and fries. I'd totally go there for that.

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

Aww man now I'm craving a burger! Who doesn't love a burger, fries, and a shake!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I've seen this place and wondered about it -- looks like a worthwhile pit stop!

CoCo Wray said...

Never been but you've surely sold me if I am ever up North and craving a good burger!

Lin @ BeantownEats said...

No that you mention it, I've definitely driven by the Watertown one before! HA. Burger and a frappe sound so fun and old school!

Natasha Price said...

looks like an awesome place to get a delicious burger!