By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
It’s a burger fit for a king.
Well, it would be good enough for the king of Rock and Roll anyway.
If Elvis Presley is still living, like some still believe, he will undoubtedly make the 45 minute drive from his hometown to the Twisted Burger Company on Main Street.
“The Fat Elvis,” a burger named in his honor and in memory of some of the King’s not so great eating habits is fixed with peanut butter, banana, a sizable beef patty, a couple of strips of bacon and some thick bread for a bun.
“My aunt loved Elvis,” said J.T. Hurst, owner of the Twisted Burger Company. “My grandmother was a big fan, and she actually shared a birthday with Elvis. You start to hear through the grapevine that he loved peanut butter and banana sandwiches.”
Adding beef and bacon was Hurst’s idea, but it is one of the many twisted burgers on the menu at the burger joint.
Hurst says that he wanted to create an identity for the restaurant. He wanted it to be West Point’s very own.
“I wanted to fit burger company in there because I wanted to establish it as a burger joint,” Hurst said. “The twisted comes from the fact that some of our burgers on the menu are a little twisted.”
Hurst grew up in West Point, and when he and his wife Crystal decided to venture into the food preparation business last year, they wanted to establish a real community diner.
One thing Clay County loves is football, and that is why the flag of each Southeastern Conference team is draped around a pair of flat-screen TVs that show sports constantly. Hurst also wanted to make it student-friendly.
“When I was a kid, I would have loved to have had a place like this I could have gone and hung out and done my homework,” Hurst said. “We have free Wi-Fi here, so kids can come in after school, plug up the laptop and hang out,” Hurst said.
When Hurst does add the ice cream and shakes he says are coming soon, the restaurant will probably have that afternoon surge from the youth.
The young and the young at heart are probably going to be the ones tempted to answer the challenge of the F-5 burger.
This is a five-patty beef burger that weighs two pounds and comes with a pound of fries.
Finish it, and get your picture on the restaurant’s wall.
There are scores of other specialty items on the menu as well that are not burgers like the reuben sandwich.
Hurst just got through revamping his menu, but he says that he’s already thinking of new items and new names for items like renaming the current Rooster Burger the Red Rooster Burger in honor of West Point native Howlin’ Wolf’s song ‘Red Rooster.’
To add to its place in pop culture history, the Twisted Burger is also where the Michael Williams’ film “Third Shift” was filmed last year.
Twisted Burger is open non-stop from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.