From the western-style inspired “Gunslinger” burger topped off with bacon, barbecue sauce, grilled cheddar cheese and grilled mushrooms to the “Aloha” burger finished off with grilled onions, pineapple rings and teriyaki sauce, customers at Tommy’s Burger Stop could easily feel they’ve taken an extensive road trip to get their culinary fill versus finding the gastronomic diversity located in one spot in the heart of Anchorage’s Spenard district.
But you will recognize you are in the correct locale by looking at the eatery’s menu with its trademark flames coming out of the top of the word, “Tommy’s,” and a heart with barb wire crossing it noting its location in black lettering.
On the map, you will find Tommy’s at 1106 W. 29th Place handily just off the Benson Blvd and Spenard Road intersection.
Once the yummy burgers hit your taste buds, chances are damn good you will more fully appreciate why Tommy’s routinely is honored as the best burger joint in the annual Anchorage Press Press Picks as determined by readers.
The burgers begin with beef from Australia that meets the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s lean requirements. From there, a Cajun seasoning mix is added and the 5.5-ounce individually-formed burgers are seared to Tommy’s juicy standard.
Tommy’s basic burger, “The Burger Stop,” comes with all the fixings - toasted bun with mayo, crisp green lettuce, freshly sliced tomatoes, onions & pickles – for $7.75.
Want cheese? Another quarter gets a sliced of American cheese melted on top and voila, you have the “Burger Stop Cheeseburger.”
For another $1.25, add some Hormel bacon. Add another dollar – now we are up to $10.25 – for a fried egg on top giving the burger concoction the geographically appropriate name, “The Spenard.”
Tommy’s Burger Stop not only gets a big thumbs-up from Anchorage Press readers, it also earns kudos from both Trip Advisor and Yelp with a high 4.5 out of 5 stars rating on each social media platform. It regularly makes the annual list for the best casual restaurants in each state as designated by the online site, “The Daily Meal.”
Of course burgers aren’t the only eats: Tommy’s serves a variety of traditional Louisiana-style Po-Boy sandwiches and Philly cheese steaks, fries – Cajun seasoned, cheese or chili – plus onion rings and salads.
And Tommy’s didn’t forget the little ones: Kiddos can select from a 3.5-ounce burger, a seven-piece serving of chicken nuggets or a grilled cheese “Sammy” of American cheese melted between two pieces of sourdough bread fresh-baked from the nearby French Oven Bakery on 31st Ave., which also supplies Tommy’s with the sesame seed Kaiser rolls used for specialty burgers and the 8 and 14-inch baguettes used for Tommy’s cheese steaks and po-boys, respectively.
To say Tommy’s is a bit quirky is obvious: It is an unashamed part of what is keeping Spenard weird – just as the tee shirts Tommy’s staffers wear and customers can purchase have proudly printed on the front.
Tommy’s Burger Stop is open Mon. through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun., from noon to 6 p.m. According to Google, customers can expect a 15-minute wait from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Call (907) 561-5696 or find them at their namesake site on Facebook.