I had the pleasure of solo late-night dining one Saturday in February at Betty Bombers, a new eatery located inside the American Legion Post 135 on Bull Street near Forsyth Park. After dancing for two hours straight at the Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love Dance Party, upstairs in the ballroom, I had worked up an appetite and was craving a really good burger. Betty Bombers fulfilled my wishes. From the bubbly, 1940s-style, retro-haired waitress, Sara, to the sounds of WWII era music wafting through the air, I was enamored by the war-time era theme.
Within a few minutes, Sprite in a bottle, perfectly chilled from the retro Coca-Cola machine, and a juicy Bomber Burger arrived, complete with a side of crispy apple cider slaw. This burger was almost taller than it was wide! Fresh off the grill and cooked to perfection, this burger was loaded with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, ketchup, mustard and cheese, just the way I like it!
It was a last-minute decision to dine at Betty Bombers. With it being conveniently located in the same venue as the dance party, it was an easy decision to grab a bite there. My friends and I found out a few hours prior of Whitney Houston’s passing and I shared the news with Sara and Seth behind the counter. The “Oh My God!” and “Are you kidding me?!” that followed were not expected. Sara put “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” on the iPod and Seth confirmed her passing on his laptop. We sang and grieved and laughed. The mix of camaraderie and nostalgia made Betty Bombers a new favorite close to home. Who knew a delicious burger and Whitney Houston would go together so well?
Betty Bombers is the creation of Patrick Zimmerman and Seth Musler who are partners in the nearby Butterhead Greens. The menu includes a variety of hot sandwiches, including a delicious Philly cheesesteak (which I’ve also tried, yum!), Hot Pastrami, BBQ Pulled Pork, Ultimate Chicken Sub and a Veggie Burger. All sandwiches come with house pickles and your choice of fries or apple cider slaw and are very reasonably priced at $7.95 or less. They also serve ala carte items such as wings, chili, tacos, as well as chicken fingers and grilled cheese for the kiddos. Service is attentive. Diners can eat in the dining area or the American Legion lounge. Meals can also be made for take-out or delivered in a several-mile radius from Bay Street to 63rd Street. Delivery orders are at a $15 minimum with a $2.95 delivery charge. Not bad for a late-night craving! Betty Bombers is currently open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5pm – 2am and will expand hours as demand grows. Betty Bombers is in close proximity to The Mansion and Forsyth Park Inn as well as many other bed and breakfasts for out-of-towners. Call 912-272-9326 for delivery and check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BettyBombers. You will see me here many a Thursday night!
Written by Jamie Marie Smith
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