Meatheads: Burger Joint Review for Dads

Cajun Sunrise

This is actually the only "joint" of the three I’ve taken the kids to. Why? Because when we're out as a family we're usually eating somewhere special like a Choo-Choo restaurant or CPK, which remains a must for Carter.

My first trip to Meatheads though just happened to be a family day and we were in the area so we checked it out. The kids enjoyed the food, but really, are kids going to complain about any cheeseburger and fries?

Since then I've been back two more times and gotten two different. Special burgers the Texas Ranch and the Cajun Sunrise.

Both were tasty with the different flavors — fried egg, blue cheese sauce, jalapenos — of the Cajun Sunrise being really unique. I would have it again. The patties aren't humongous so there's plenty of room for toppings, even of the egg and bacon kind. The buns are nice and soft and it's relatively easy to pick up and eat the burgers.

The fries are pretty good. You can get them regular or cajun and there is a heaping when you get them added as part of your meal. If you eat them all and the burger you will be very full, but even after a Cajun Sunrise burger and fries I didn't feel as bloated as I did at either Smashburger or Five Guys. I could eat a full dinner later in the day for example.

The kids meals cost $6. Your kids will be consuming 510 calories and 8 grams of saturated fat for a Lil Meathead sans cheese (an additional 70 calories and 4 grams of saturated fat) with kids fries adding another 460 calories and 8 grams saturated fat. A cheeseburger from McDonalds has 300 calories and 6 grams of saturated fat. Small fries have 230 calories and 1.5 grams of saturated fat. A 4-8 year old active boy is recommended to have 1600-2500 calories a day. Not as few as I thought actually.

And you? You sir will be taking in 690 calories and 11 grams of saturated fat for simple Meathead burger. The Texas Ranch I liked is 840 calories with 18 grams of saturated fat. An order of fries is 780 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat. I generally get a Diet Coke as not to really go overboard. But they serve root beer which is tempting. That means I'm taking in 1620 calories and 21 grams of saturated fat. Using the Mayo Clinic's website to maintain my current weight I need to take in just 2,500 calories a day. Meaning my kids are burning calories a lot faster than me. There is a small ray of sunshine though. The Cajun Sunrise is 80 calories less than the Texas Ranch, even with that fried egg. Win.

Total cost for dad's meal $10.25. Two adults and two kids will run you $33 before taxes. Almost what we pay at a California Pizza Kitchen.

The atmosphere is nice and there were plenty of booths and tables for a family. Open fountain drinks too and lemons for the Diet Coke.

I'd definitely go back to Meatheads — with or without the kids — because of the variety and the non-bloat factor.

Editor's Note: All burgers reviewed were paid for by me. All calories consumed went to my gut.