Josh B., University of Virginia
Although a clique of twenty drunken freshman could easily fill it to capacity, The White Spot Restaurant near the University of Virginia’s campus sacrifices only space for its perfectly satisfying food. A 24 hour breakfast joint on “The Corner” with a diner feel, The White Spot serves as a delectable and unique food hub in Charlottesville.
Fellow Missourians correct me if I’m wrong, but I imagine that I might encounter some pretty judgmental gazes if I tried ordering a cheeseburger topped with a fried egg at a Waffle House in the Midwest. Luckily, at this hole in the wall, one must only utter the words, “Gus Burger”, to pacify such a craving. Greasy, cooked by the tens, and a little flimsy, the Gus Burger, unpredictably juicy, manages to monopolize my focus every visit to The White Spot. I must admit that the history and derivation of the Gus Burger elude an out-of-stater like me, but such ignorance hardly keeps me from coming back for more. Honestly, everyone should add ‘eating an egg-topped burger while discussing life’s mysteries with Homeless Henry as the sun rises’ to their bucket list.
Other menu items that have improved my sleepless nights include the Motor Burger and Gyro. The Motor Burger boasts a modest double hamburger patty, cheese, fried-egg (an obvious staple of The White Spot), a cut of ham, and tomato, lettuce, and onion. The majority of non-Gus Burger orders are commonly for either the flavorful Gyro or Motor Burger. Unfortunately, the extent to which my experience and authority allow me to verbally describe the nuances of those flavors stops right around “delicious” and “addicting.”
The Spanish employees drinking coffee out of slurpee cups complete The White Spot experience. Free refills, comedic relief, and compliments that “my hair is awesome,” were amenities I only previously encountered at a Steak ‘n Shake I frequented in St. Louis. Now, such services exist only minutes away from my home away from home, 24/7.
Hungry students argue that anything tastes good at 4:00 a.m., but confronted at any time, I will assert the Gus Burger… is a Must Burger.