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You want a freshly cooked cheeseburger and fries for under $6? Burger Belly at 1079 Broadway Avenue in Boise can do it. Open for less than two months, this little gem took over the spot vacated by Lucy’s Coffee Shop, a neighborhood establishment whose demise I mourned.

Perhaps Lucy’s upscale, environmentally conscious coffee house was misplaced in the local college atmosphere. While Lucy’s global values were admirable, the cost to sustain those values was out of a student’s reach. Burger Belly, on the other hand, meets the price point. The most expensive item on the menu is the Burger Belly sandwich. The sales associate began her description of the $6 burger this way: “It’s huge!”  Her hands demonstrated a dinner plate circumference which was all I needed to know. I’m sure it’s a delicious meal, but I’m trying to adjust my calories and appetite to the kid’s meal deal these days.

I ordered the Bacon Cheese Burger combo, the second most expensive item on the menu at $5.95. For that I took home a delicious burger—normal sized, not ginormous or junior—plus an order of crispy fries, and a 16 oz. beverage. Homemade fry sauce was included. The fry sauce was interesting: perhaps a bit heavier on the mayo side of the equation than I prefer, but the addition of diced pickles bumped it up a notch. The burger was made of real meat, not product. Two thick slabs of maple (?) smoked bacon imparted a lovely hint of sweet smokiness. My only suggestion would be to cook the bacon a tad longer. I’m queasy when it comes to juicy bacon fat. The burger was amply supplied with chopped lettuce and a copious supply of said fry sauce. Next time, I’ll ask that they go lighter on the sauce.

On my next visit I ordered a simple cheeseburger and fries for $5.62 including tax. This was more than enough for a filling meal. The cheeseburger was delicious. Grilled onions were included at no additional charge.

If you want to “eat local,” affordably, and keep your dollars in the community, swing by Burger Belly. You will have to get out of your car, but you won’t have time to answer your text messages before your order is packaged up and ready to go. The menu is short and to the point—no agonizeing decisions to make. To reduce time further, call ahead: 208 336-1240. Limited street-side parking is augmented by a small parking lot behind the building. A few tables make inside and outdoor dining possible if that’s what you prefer. For dessert, add a strawberry, chocolate, or vanilla milkshake for $1.99

Burger Belly
1079 Broadway
208 336-1240
Open: Mon. Tues. Wed. & Sunday 10am- 10pm
Thurs. – Saturday 10am – 2:00 am
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