Bob’s Atomic Burgers

I spent the morning at Rocky Mountain Arsenal and the afternoon at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. Somewhere along the way, I’d added Bob’s Atomic Burgers to my list of restaurants to check out, so I headed there for lunch in between my bigger adventures.

I cleverly managed to arrive just after the St. Patrick’s Day parade finished. The town was packed, and the line at Bob’s was out the door and down the sidewalk. But I was there.

It’s a pretty grubby-looking place with a slow ordering system. It took me 45 minutes at least from the time I got in line until I got to the register, and then another 10 minutes to get my food. When you place your order, they give you the name of some pop culture character/person. When your food is ready, they call out the name. I heard Andre the Giant, Elvis, Bozo the Clown. I think it’s supposed to be funny. I was Natalie Portman.

I’d asked for a cheeseburger and fries. When I got to my car to eat it, I discovered my sandwich was sans cheese. After the long wait and the incompetent system, I was primed to be unhappy. But the burger and the fries were both really good.

Just don’t go on a parade day.

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