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Flea Burger Mobile gets a Makeover

Flea regulars have undoubtedly noticed our rolling tribute to the home of the best burger in Kansas City – the one and only Westport Flea Market Burger Mobile. Some call this lean burger machine the eighth wonder of the world – a veritable art show on wheels. Others know the Burger Mobile as a quirky pied piper that leads ravenous followers back to 817 Westport Road – the one and only home of KC’s Best Burger.

Insiders simply refer to our one of a kind ride as the burger-mobile. In the decade or so since we commissioned the burger beast, it’s been in countless parades, driven hundreds of miles, appeared in numerous papers, magazines and online publications – and has been in more selfies than most anyone but a Kardashian.

But time takes its toll. The burger mobile need a little TLC. A few touch-ups, some fillers, a little paint – you know, nothing major, just some work to freshen our rolling media magnet for the next close-up. After all – when you serve the best burger in KC, your “burger-mobile” should be in tip-pest of top shape!

Many have asked how the Burger Mobile came to be. The story is simple. When the Flea’s owner, Joe, was jogging one morning while on a trip to New York, he saw a “veggie-mobile” cruising down 5th. Right then and there, he knew that a custom Burger Car would be a perfect addition to Westport Flea Market. Joe tracked down the custom car artist, a deal was struck and the Burger Mobile was born!

Fast forward a few years to 2017 and Joe decided it was time to bring Matt, the creator of the Burger Mobile, back to Kansas City for a few days for a tires-to-top-bun revamp. Artist Matt flew in from New York and spent a week in Kansas City this past summer giving the biggest baddest burger on wheels the summer sprucing up it deserved! Matt spent about two days researching where to find material and buy supplies.

Once he had everything he needed, the work began in earnest. Beyond a deep clean and cosmetic makeover, Matt also added more pickles and sesame seeds to the bun, painted the cheese and tomatoes – and basically gave our one of a kind beef car a complete makeover. Matt definitely worked his magic – and not only did he bring our burger-mobile back to life, he gave it a super-mojo-beef injection. Some say that late at night, when no one’s around, they’ve even seen the Burger Mobile up high in the sky taking a little fly!

We at the Flea can neither confirm or deny the late-night burger flights, but we’ve heard the rumors. Regardless, if you’ve not been by the Flea lately, stop by for KC’s Best Burger. And take a look at the refreshed Burger Mobile yourself. Heck, pose for a selfie if it’s your thing – the Burger Mobile loves fan pix – and even smiles for the paparazzi!

 

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Celebrate The Flea’s 37th Anniversary with $2.99 Burgers and Fries!

Westport Flea Market is turning 37 this year, and owner Joe Zwillenberg is in the mood to celebrate! The Flea is throwing back burger prices to the same as 1981, the year The Flea opened:  $2.99 Mini Burgers and Fries from September 18 through 20! Time to drop in and go back in time to 1981 – celebrating the birth of the Flea – and KC’s Best Burger!

Not only is Westport Flea Market celebrating their 37th anniversary, The Flea is also celebrating being ranked as the 37th Best Burger in the U.S. this summer by Thrillist Magazine on their list of the “100 Best Burgers in America”!

According to Thrilist National Burger Critic, Kevin Alexander, “The only burger place I ate at that also featured a car decorated to look exactly like a burger, and an arcade featuring the game Zoofari. And yet, somehow, the best part of this place is still the actual burger.”

Westport Flea Market

In celebration of our 37th year anniversary, we even gave our famous burger-mobile a makeover! Our burger car is so cool that it was featured on The Food Network’s “Meat and Potatoes” along with our delicious burger!  After all, shouldn’t the Kansas City restaurant with the city’s Best Burger have a Burger Mobile to parade around in style?

The Flea is Kansas City’s quirky, funky, 37-year-old local-dining institution. Boasting some of the country’s best made-to-order eats served up with a healthy side of atmosphere, nostalgia, local history, and a stubborn resistance to change.

Offer valid September 18-20, 2017 only. 

KC Mayors Honor the Flea

Mayor Wheeler at the Flea

The Flea has hosted many visitors over the years but it’s always been an exceptional honor for The Flea to host “his Honor” the Mayor of Kansas City. Or we should we say, “His Honors” – as the Westport Flea Market seems to be a favorite of multiple past Kansas City Mayors!

It all began with Charles Wheeler, who was Kansas City’s 49th Mayor and served two terms from 1971-1979. Mayor Wheeler earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas, his law degree from UMKC, served in both the Navy and Air Force and was elected as Missouri State Senator in 2002. During his two consecutive terms as Mayor of Kansas City, Dr. Wheeler was responsible for so many great achievements that Kansas City business magazine Ingram’s noted that “many regard this as the last golden age of Kansas City.” Wheeler has been coming to The Flea for over 20 years – and not only has an airport named after him (Charles Wheeler Downtown Airport), he even has a table (with a plaque) named after him at The Flea! Born and raised here in KC, maybe it’sonly natural for Kansas City’s best burger to be his Honor’s favorite!

Photo autographed by Mayor Berkley at the Flea

Another fan of The Flea is past Mayor Dick Berkley, who served as Kansas City’s mayor from 1979 to1991, making him the longest serving mayor in Kansas City history! During his time as mayor, he was responsible for over 700 capital improvement projects – including the expansion of Bartle Hall Convention Center and the revitalization of the Quality Hill neighborhood. On a signed photo of he and his wife Sandy hanging on a wall at The Flea, Mayor Berkley exclaims: “Great burgers – great friends – great for Kansas City!” We couldn’t agree more, Mr. Mayor!

Letter from Mayor Funkhouser

Mark Funkhouser was Kansas City’s 53rd Mayor, serving from 2007-2011. Prior to being elected, Mr. Funkhouser received multiple degrees, including his PhD from UMKC, and was also Kansas City’s auditor for 18 years. His motto was, “A city that works for regular folks.” In 2008, Mayor Funkhouser attended the Grand Opening of The Flea’s Buffalo Room – we even have photos and a personal letter from his Honor in that room to this day!

 

Mayor Sly at The Flea

Kansas City’s current mayor, Sylvester James, has also been a visitor to The Flea! Mayor Sly grew up on the East side of Kansas City, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Kansas City’s own Rockhurst College, then earned his Juris Doctor degree from Minnesota Law School.

Since his election in 2011, Mayor James has focused his efforts on making Kansas City best in 4 areas: education, employment, efficiency and enforcement. Mayor Sly has even made an appearance at the Kansas City Tiger Club – a weekly luncheon for Mizzou alumni hosted at the Flea each and every Tuesday at 11:30.

The Westport Flea Market is Kansas City’s quirky, funky, 30+ year old local-dining institution – and there is a lot of nostalgia and local history that comes along with that. Next time you’re having Kansas City’s best burger at The Flea, be sure to stop by to say hi to Mayor Wheeler – he visits most every day – and check out the photos on the wall of other past mayors and dignitaries we’ve been honored to serve. You just never know who you’ll see at The Flea!

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Feast Magazine Names Westport Flea Market “Best Burger” 2017!

Feast Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards have been announced and Westport Flea Market was voted the “Best Burger” for 2017! That’s right, for the 3rd year in a row, Feast Magazine has honored the Flea Market as having the Best Burger in Kansas City!

Feast Magazine says, “Westport Flea Market is a sentimental favorite that’s been dishing up burgers, patty melts, and other pub grub for more than 30 years. In addition to it’s signature McGonigle’s Market beef burgers, the restaurant and bar also continues to win over generations of Kansas Citians with its relaxed counter-service atmosphere and ridiculously cheap drink specials.”

They aren’t the only ones that have rated our burger the best in KC. The Flea’s list of accolades includes recognition from The Pitch, The Food Network, Urban Spoon, Food and Wine Magazine and several others. Many publications, many burgers and many years of Best Burger Awards tend to add up after a while – in fact, this makes it over 30 years the Flea has been recognized as the Best Burger in town!

Never tried Kansas City’s Best Burger? Do your tastebuds a favor and stop by the Flea to try one for yourself! We’ll cook one up for you just the way you like any day of the week!

National Hamburger Day

Join the Flea for National Hamburger Day!

Here at Westport Flea Market, we’d like to celebrate National Hamburger Day every day, but the nationally recognized celebration of burgers is on May 28th, and we’re always looking for a reason to eat more beef! In case National Hamburger Day isn’t enough reason to stop by the Flea, Thrillist has recently named Westport Flea Market as the 37th best burger in the nation!

Thrillist’s very own burger critic, Kevin Alexander said Westport Flea Markert was “The only burger place I ate at that also featured a car decorated to look exactly like a burger, and an arcade featuring the game Zoofari. And yet, somehow, the best part of this place is still the actual burger.”

Along with a burger that’s nationally recognized, long time Flea-fans know that we’ve been named Kansas City’s best burger time and time again! Including honors by Feast Magazine, The Pitch, Urban Spoon and many, many more esteemed publications. Yep, for almost 30 years we’ve had KC’s best burger.

Visit the Westport Flea Market and see why we’re Kansas City’s Best Burger while enjoying one of over 44 ice cold on-tap beers. And check our entertainment page for live music, trivia, or karaoke!

 

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Celebrate Mom at the Flea!

Mom deserves nothing but the best on this Mother’s Day, so bring her on down to the Westport Flea Market on Sunday, May 14th for the best burger in KC!

We’ve been serving the best burger in Kansas City for over 30 years! Let Mom sink her teeth into one of our savory burgers, cooked with McGonigle’s finest beef and seasoned just how you like ‘em! Is a juicy burger not what Mom is craving this Mother’s Day? With options like the Veggie Panini or the Cajun Chicken Salad, we’ve got something sure to make her feel special – no matter what her taste buds call for!

Don’t forget to try one of our dozens of ice cold beers on tap – help Mom find a new favorite! After lunch, challenge Mom to a pool or shuffleboard match or lounge on the patio in the perfect spring weather!

Visit the Westport Flea Market and show Mom why we’re Kansas City’s favorite neighborhood burger joint!