After exploring the rail car, we headed over to the train depot to order our food. The counter is divided between All Aboard’s dessert orders on the left and Whisler’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers on the right.Burgers? Wasn’t this supposed to be about ice cream?I promise I’ll get to the ice cream, but first let me tell you about Whisler’s.Lunch before dessert, you know.People who grew up in southwest Missouri have heard of the original Whisler’s in Carthage that has been perfecting its hamburgers since the 1950s.
Well, I didn’t grow up around here so I’d never heard about Whisler’s until it opened at the All Aboard location. Whisler’s is the type of all-American restaurant that you envision when you think of the wholesome 1950s, when burgers and ice cream were regarded with much more reverence than those served in today’s fast-food chain restaurants.That’s because everything was made from scratch back then – and with quality ingredients. Whisler’s old-time burgers are made to order on a busy, sizzling grill in the open kitchen. If you come at peak lunch time, be patient. There’s only so much room on the grill, so strike up a conversation with your neighbor in line while you wait for your juicy beauties to be ready.
I ordered a single cheeseburger, which is slightly larger than a slider. Made with fresh, local beef, this burger was dressed with mustard, onions, pickles, and cheese, and topped off with a fluffy bun.If you’re craving more meat, you can order double and triple burgers, or you can choose burgers topped with other types of meat, such as the “Pig and Bull” (with ham), “Sow and Cow” (with bacon), and the “Farm” (with ham and bacon).My daughter doesn’t like burgers (what?!), so she ordered a hot dog. She was obviously happy with her choice.