The Blancher family has built something of an entertainment compound along South Carrollton Avenue between owning Rock 'N' Bowl (3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-1700; www.rocknbowl.com) music venue/bowling alley and Ye Olde College Inn (3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683; www.collegeinn1933.com) restaurant. The latest addition is a walk-up burger stand attached to Rock 'N' Bowl called the Straight Stick Ranch Burger Co. (3016 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-1700).
"It's really simple. We're doing burgers, beer and beignets," says Johnny Blancher, who runs the new business. "This is stuff I always thought Rock 'N' Bowl should be doing."
You find the Straight Stick Ranch Burger Co. adjacent to the main entrance of Rock 'N' Bowl, where there are now a few long picnic tables for outdoor meals. The menu centers on a burger made from grass-fed beef. That beef — and the stand's name — comes from a ranch that Blancher's family has run for more than a century in Louisiana cattle country south of Abbeville.
The standard burger from Straight Stick is a char-grilled 6-ounce patty served on a bun supplied by nearby Maple Street Patisserie. The "naked" burger replaces the bun with red lettuce. Other items include meat pies, thick-cut fries with queso-style cheese sauce, and beignets. The stand serves beer and wine and brews Mello Joy coffee, a Lafayette-based brand with a long history in Acadiana.
"We're doing the Louisiana thing but just trying to make it a little different from what other people are doing," Blancher says.
The burger joint follows the operating hours of Rock 'N' Bowl, serving from 4 p.m.-until most nights. After Jazz Fest, Blancher says, hours will expand to include lunch. The menu for Straight Stick Ranch Burger Co. also is served inside Rock 'N' Bowl, joining the venue's regular bar food menu.