The best three spots to grab a burger in Goodyear and Avondale are Wood Flame Burgers, Kreative Kupcakes Bakery and Cafe, and Ed’s Fish and Chips. Each establishment provides something different while still serving burgers that hit the mark when you have a craving. Not to mention that none of them are expensive and all three restaurants are family owned and operated.
A bakery is not the place you’d expect to find arguably the best hamburger in Avondale. Kreative Kupcakes Bakery and Cafe on Western Avenue has the 1/3 pound Holy Burger and it is exactly that. Served on a wonderfully soft bun and topped with seasoned grilled mushrooms (the chef’s specialty), onions, bacon, and your choice of cheese for $7.99, and it is worth every penny.
Overall the menu is affordable. The Holy Burger is their most expensive entree, so save room and cash for their desserts. It is a bakery after all. Enjoy the burger on its own. Then order a slice of their cheesecake or cupcakes. Many regulars order both. The cheesecake comes from a four generations old recipe, and it is truly refreshing. Not too heavy, not too light, the texture is perfect. Kreative Kupcakes also has attentive service and a great atmosphere. Check out the menu and find out how to place orders at their website.
Classically trained chefs are not exactly common in the west valley, so when you find a chef with dual degrees you may not expect him to be flipping burgers. Woodflame Burgers in Goodyear serves smokey Niman Ranch burgers that are cooked to order and come in three sizes. I order mine medium-rare and prefer to have it topped with blue cheese and bacon. They also bake their own homemade buns, a true treat. The unexpected star is their condiment bar which seems simple but all items are high quality. Try the house specialty WFB sauce, an avocado based sauce that could almost be sipped like a creamy cocktail. Then pile on the grilled green chillies and fat pickle slices. They are a flavorful addition to any burger.
Another surprise is the house cut fries or baked sweet potato fries. Dip them in the fry sauce or my preference the WFB sauce. Ask for half and half fries and get half sweet potato and regular fries for more variety at the same prices as a regular order. Check out their active Facebook page for their menu and for more information or to ask the owner/chef a question.
Ed’s Fish and Chips on Central Ave in old town Avondale has been serving up fish and chips and more since the 1980s. Part of that and more is burgers large and small. These are kid friendly burgers comparable to what you’d get at McDonald’s. Burgers are served simply with cheese, onion, pickle and your choice of condiments. To keep mom and dad happy add some of their Ed’s sauce, a spicy concoction that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
There is nothing fancy about this place, but there is nothing wrong with that. This is not some hipster en-vogue bistro, but a local hangout with old school arcade games. Play some games then sample some of the huge variety of food served in house. Philly cheese steak sandwiches- check. Halibut and chips – check. Calamari- check. Fried Asparagus – check. Ice cream Sandwich – check. Super Burgers – check. You get the point. Take the kids and enjoy the variety (http://edsfishandchips.com/).