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Rocky's Burger Bus

1235 26 Ave. SE, Calgary, AB, XX - (403) 243-0405
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/27/2015 4:41:00 AM
Rocky’s Burger Bus is a 1960s-era urban transit bus long ago run aground, now semi-permanently anchored just outside the east entrance of the Crossroads Farmers Market. Here are some of the best burgers in the West.

Order food by stepping up on a metal grate at the window near what used to be the driver’s seat. We recommend asking for a double hamburger and French fries. Then, expect to wait a while. Although it is casual in the extreme and frills are minimal, Rocky's cuisine cannot honestly be called fast food. Each hamburger is hand-pattied thick enough that it takes a while to cook on the inside-the-bus grill. Potatoes are cut and fried to order; and when things get busy – as they do at lunch when pickup trucks and Mercedes fight for parking space – the French fry production runs behind demand.

Hamburgers are broader than their buns, cooked through but astonishingly succulent, with craggy black outsides that have crunch and savor like thick bacon. A single is a big sandwich. A double is a meat orgy.

There is no indoor dining room. Accommodations consist of a few scattered-around picnic tables painted red to match the bus.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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A Rocky's double burger: for beef lovers' only. What you can't see in this picture is all the juice about to spurt from the patties as soon as they are bitten.
"A Rocky's double burger: for beef lovers' only. What you can't see in this picture is all the juice about to spurt from the patties as soon as they are bitten."
Michael Stern





Burgers' best companion: freshly-fried, rugged-cut French fries
"Burgers' best companion: freshly-fried, rugged-cut French fries"
Michael Stern


It's not the swankiest restaurant in town, but if you are looking for a four-star hamburger, this old bus is the best place to go.
"It's not the swankiest restaurant in town, but if you are looking for a four-star hamburger, this old bus is the best place to go."
Michael Stern


Rocky's old location was in an industrial park. The high quality of the the quasi-mobile kitchen has attracted people from all over the city since the 1990s.
"Rocky's old location was in an industrial park. The high quality of the the quasi-mobile kitchen has attracted people from all over the city since the 1990s."
Michael Stern



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