A pair of cheesburger combos make for a good meal on date night.

Tay’s Burger Shack – Grass Fed Goodness

It’s been said that the simple things are quite often the best. Such is the case at Tay’s Burger Shack, located at 1019 Armour Road, in North Kansas City, Missouri. You won’t find page after page of menu items. Here they focus on a few things and they do them right. This hole-in-the-wall eatery has built its reputation on flavor. Their burgers are filled with grass-fed goodness and the hand-cut fries top off a meal. Date Night gave us a reason to head this way and our bellies were anxious for the tastes.

Tay's Burger Shack is a North Kansas City staple.

Simple Digs

Cruising along Armour Road, you see a hodge-podge of restaurants, shops, and businesses. Suddenly up ahead, our destination came into view. Pulling up to Tay’s, you won’t find an elaborate dining hall. The main focus at Tay’s Burger Shack is burgers. Outside they have a couple of picnic tables for diners wanting to enjoy the fresh air. We wanted the whole experience, so dining indoors was on our schedule.

There's plenty of room to spread out during dinner at Tay's Burger Shack.

The Atmosphere at Tay's Burger Shack

Stepping through the door, you enter a small venue.  Seating is limited to about six tables and four booths, enough for roughly 40 people. At times, the non-stop flow of customers challenges this capacity. Those who have eaten here before are willing to overlook this shortcoming. The food makes this little inconvenience a non-issue. Tay’s Burger Shack workers are friendly and often walk through the dining area to ensure customer expectations are being met. How frequently does this happen at the burger joints you frequent? Once your order is placed, you grab your drink and head for your seat. They will bring your meals to you, but until then you have to take in the sounds, sights and smells of others enjoying their food.

Tay's burger Shack has a smaller menu so they can focus on getting it right.

What about that Menu?

Customers can choose between single, double, or triple burger. Those wanting even more can go all-in with the “Homerun”, made with four patties. The beef they use is grass-fed, and the patties are about a quarter-pound each, before cooking. The beef is sourced locally, as are many other ingredients. The cooked meat patties are sandwiched inside buns that are baked fresh daily. This commitment to freshness comes through in the flavor of their product. Of course, don’t feel like you are limited to burgers. Tay’s also serves Nathan’s hot dogs, with or without chili. By the way, the chili is made with the same great Missouri-raised beef. 

This Double Cheeseburger Basket is a great way to calm your appetite.

The Food at Tay's Burger Shack

We both chose to experience the double combo meals with fries. These are served with American cheese, pickles, tomato, and lettuce. Our food was delivered, and we prepared for the tasting. You’ll notice the standard condiments are available at each table. What wasn’t normal were the other two squirt bottles, one each of sriracha mayo and sriracha ketchup. Be warned that these pack some heat! The burgers were juicy, without being greasy. This comes from their choice of beef. The patties are cooked to perfection and offer just a little char along the edges, for crispness. The fresh buns complement the crispy toppings, and the blending of flavors makes each bite delicious.

Sharing fries is the perfect way to celebrate date night at Tay's Burger Shack.

Sharing is Caring

The hand-cut French fries have a nice kick all on their own. We’ve seen other diners dipping their fries in some of the sriracha sauces. For us, they were good just the way they were presented. Thin strips of slightly firm potato quickly become an addictive addition to the burger. Our bill tallied about $35.00, similar to other non-fast-food burger joints. Neither of us could finish our food, and we walked away from Tay’s Burger Shack well-fed and happy. We’ll mark this up as another successful date night adventure.

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