Hamburger Burglar


Hamburger Burglar


This is my sort of correct drawing of where the burger place was. We lived where the houses were, then there was the small grocery store/drug store/beauty shop/gas station on top of a cliff. Homer & Ella’s burger place was down below the cliffs in the area we called the canyon.

Here’s a true story that happened when I was a kid. It was slightly funny at the time, but kind of strange.

We had a favorite place we’d get hamburgers to take home. This was the days before fast food restaurants, so this place was just a small mom & pop place for take out food. It was called Homer & Ella’s. I don’t know why, but they were the best tasting burgers I’ve ever tasted, even to this day.

Most times on a Saturday late afternoon my dad would go pick up some burgers for our evening meal. On one occasion, on the way back home, he stopped in at the little drug store or grocery store at the end of our street. He left the sack of burgers on the front seat of his car.

When he got back in, the sack was gone! Someone had burgled the burgers!

So, he went back to Homer & Ella’s to get another order and brought them home, where he told us the story of the stolen burgers.

There was one more incident later on, where I started eating my burger, and there was no hamburger patty in there! Had to make another trip to the place that time, too.

Then another year, 1970, the F5 Tornado blew through the city, and Homer & Ella’s was blown clean away, along with the little grocery/drug store and gas station at the end of our street.

I still miss those hamburgers.


Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 202 BS

13 responses »

    • Thanks, Ellen! haha – I was thinking the same thing as I was telling this story. I can’t remember if McD’s still has the Hamburglar character or not any more. 🙂

  1. I think every town has (or had) that one little mom and pop grill where the burgers were always so good. This reminded me of the place that was very close to where I lived, and has been gone for almost 40 years now. My Mom worked there as a carhop (While she was pregnant with me! She said I got her great tips), and everyone always raved about the burgers. Now my Mom has a weird sense of humor like me, but she swears that the “secret ingredient” of those Park N Eat burgers was that the manager always manned the grill, and he’d be sweating like a pig over that grill while flipping the burgers! Eeeeew, but hey, you never know!

    • Thanks, Bill!
      I think it must take a great menu and really good food for these small locally owned places to keep going what with the competition with all the fast food places we have now. That was an interesting story you told. It was ewww for sure, but who knows – could have been just a rumor. Still, people kept coming back for the great burgers! haha 🙂

  2. Awesome! This place was a favorite of my parents when we were growing up in the 1970s.

    Unfortunately, the images in the blog post don’t seem to be loading? Would love to see them!

    • Thanks, Mike! We loved the hamburgers there, and was sad when it was no longer there.
      I don’t have any photos of the place, sorry. The missing picture here was just a little hand drawn map. I must have deleted it, as I run out of photo storage here on WordPress sometimes. 🙂

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