Cheap Eats: Wizzbangz Burgers, Shakes & Fries
Get your burger and shake fix on the cheap.
Just as the name suggests, Wizzbangz gives off a 1950s Americana vibe, recalling a simpler time when the big decision was whether to get a Coke or a milk shake with your burger and fries. But while the feel is retro, the ingredients are undoubtedly contemporary: Owners Deb and Rod Clement have committed to using only hormone- and antibiotic-free, 100 percent grass-fed beef, as well as all-natural chicken. Their produce is delivered fresh every morning, and their ambitiously named “soon-to-be-famous” french fries are fresh cut daily—all adding up to an old-school burger experience that won’t leave you feeling guilty.
The charbroiled burgers come in quarter- and one third–pound sizes. For $7.25, you get a quarter pounder with fries and a medium drink. The streamlined menu also includes hot dogs, salads, and sandwiches, including BBQ chicken and hot pastrami (both $6.50). Don’t forget to top it off with a shake ($4.50) or float ($4.25), both made with Dreyer’s ice cream.
Gear-head Heaven: An enormous silver bust of the Dodge Ram insignia is on one wall, surrounded by photos and posters of all sorts of souped-up classic American cars. “We’re total car nuts,” admits Deb, who says her husband Rod’s collection includes a 1969 American Motors AMX and a 2008 Corvette. Rod’s recently sold 1963 Corvette, which he rebuilt from a burnt-out rollover and took to the Grand Nationals, is also among the photos. Anyone with a picture-worthy car is invited to bring in a photo and add it to the walls.
What’s in the Name? You mean besides the fact that it just sounds cool? Apparently, the name comes from a long-forgotten Esquire-like men’s magazine popular in the ‘20s called Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang, which was distributed to train depots, hotels, and bus stations. “Back then, it was a symbol for quality transportation,” says Deb. “For us, it means quality food.”
More Bangz for Your Buck: Provided the Danville location continues to be successful, the Clements would like to open six Wizzbangz restaurants around the Bay Area.
Wizzbangz Burgers, Shakes & Fries, 35 Railroad Ave., Danville, (925) 820-9900. Lunch and dinner daily.