Kathleen might be off the beaten path for some in Macon, but the area offers some nice new shopping areas as well as a wonderful theater and a number of restaurants. One of those restaurants is Big Picture Burgers.
Big Pictures Burgers is a unique theme in Middle Georgia in that it is basically a dinner theater combining a screening of a movie (usually some science fiction movie or short film) with burgers, sandwiches and wings.
Along the walls are murals and memorabilia of various science fiction and super hero franchise characters like Wonder Woman, Dr. Who and Star Trek. There are also references to classic dramas like the Godfather and the Maltese Falcon, as well as monster and horror movies such as Cujo. These references are also where they draw inspiration for the names of their menu (and off-menu) items.
For my burger, I selected the Godzilla, which is a half-pound patty of beef; the burger triumvirate of mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup; onions; and lettuce. To that base, they add what makes the burger special: double bacon and double American cheese. If you like a big messy burger, and who doesn’t, it’s a very good option as it doesn’t have anything that some people would consider unusual. My patty was tasty and not dry, perhaps a medium-well. I am more of a fan of less cooked meat products, but I expect this from restaurants that serve burgers due to health recommendations and the like. I save a medium for ground beef that I fix at home and a medium-rare for steaks. So that is as expected.
The bacon was slightly sweet and smoky, definitely not overcooked. Tomato, lettuce and onions always complete a perfect classic burger and the quality of each was perfect. I am a fan of double cheese and I was definitely not disappointed here. Overall, it was one of the better cheeseburgers I’ve had in a while.
My wife had the Godfather. While mine was a classic burger like you might find at a back yard barbeque, her version offered the same half-pound patty with spicy pimento cheese, jalapenos, and spicy pickles. Ironically, I am usually the one who orders the spicy items, and my mouth still waters thinking back to this one. If you like a burger with a nice spicy kick, this is a good choice. Pimento cheese is not for everyone, but it compliments this one nicely. Her patty was also cooked to the same level of doneness, medium-well) which would likely please most people.
My son got the kids’ burger with cheese and only ketchup and mustard, and ate every bite. His younger sister, a light eater, got the grilled cheese and ate half of it. Her comment was that it was good, but not as good as Daddy’s. I’ll take it.
For side items, we stuck to the usual, fries. They were a little on the greasy side, but not too much, and were served hot and fresh. They were exactly what you would expect to be paired with a hamburger.
Other items on the menu include, chicken sandwiches, buffalo wings, Philly cheese steaks, sweet potato fries and onion rings, as well as burgers served multiple different ways. Anyone who wants more control over what’s on their sandwich can do the “create your own” thing by selecting a meat (beef, turkey or grilled chicken), toppings and sauces. You can also go “off menu” and order from the selection of items pasted to the walls like movie posters. There is pretty much something for everyone and it is a nice different atmosphere with the campy movies projected on the big screen.