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Worth the Drive Butch Cassidy’s Cafe ROBBING A TRAIN TAKES TIME & PREPARATION AND SO DO OUR BURGERS MIDTOWN’S FAVORITE DINING SPOT W hy is Butch Cassi- dy’s Café, located in the heart of Mid- town, appearing in a “Worth a Drive” feature? It’s been a fixture since opening in 1993, but road construction over the past few years has made finding the place a bit of a challenge – especially for out-of-town- ers. But owner Roy Seewer – who won his first cooking competition as a third grader – continues to win by serving an honest, made to order menu of burgers, sandwiches, wings, seafood, and other traditional café food. One of the reasons for this success, according to Seewer is their commitment from the beginning to serving families. “Some 90 percent of our revenue comes from the food side; only 10 percent is from the bar side,” he said. Adds Pam Goldsmith, who’s been in the kitchen from the start: “People like that we’re consistent. They have their favorites and they know it’s going to be served just like they like it – every time.” To give you a taste of Butch’s, let’s talk about that burger – the NOW famous Butch Burger. Continually earning the top spot as the best in the city, the burger is a full seven-ounce, hand-patted slab that is made to order and cooked over an open flame grill in the tiny kitchen at Butch’s. “We don’t claim to be the biggest burger, but you won’t go home hungry,” Roy explains. He estimates that Pam has cooked more than a million of them since 1993. The bun for the Butch Burger is a poppy-seed Kaiser special ordered from a bakery in New York. The sturdy, yet soft, bun is needed to hold a burger dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, mayonnaise and mustard and two slices of crispy, smoky bacon. The lettuce is grown expressly for burgers, the cheese is a mild cheddar cut daily from a 40 pound block and the special seasoning is...still a secret. While much of the menu has remained the same over the years, it is by no means stale. The chicken wings and hand-dipped onion rings rival the burgers as fan favorites and the fried crab claws are as sweet and tasty as any you’ll find on the coast. Butch’s now serves Sunday Brunch with their outlaw spin on dishes like Chuck Wagon Chicken and Waffles, and Bootstrap Eggs Benedict served with a citrus hollandaise. Butch Cassidy’s Café is located at 60 N. Florida Street and open seven days a week– Monday through Saturday from 11am to 10pm and Sunday, 11am to 9pm. They offer daily lunch specials and happy hour Monday through Thursday 3pm to 7pm with live music on Tuesdays and special occasions (like during Mardi Gras). Mike Bailey, co-host of the popular Sip & Chew with Mike & Stu radio show, offers an insider tip: “Ask about their Top Secret (not on the menu) Mistake Wings. They are the best!” Find them on Facebook or at DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - WINTER/SPRING 2019 17