It doesn’t get much more American than a burger and fries, especially on vacation, but a burger is always a safe choice for me. Around the Ark Valley there are plenty of places to find a burger, a decent one at that, as each restaurant has its own take on the American classic. But my favorite burger around is The Buena Viking food truck in downtown Buena Vista.

I can assure you I’m not the only one around dubbing The Buena Viking’s burger as the best in town. Even though this is only their second summer of operation, online reviews show that tourists from all over the country plan their vacations in the Ark Valley to include a stop at this one-of-a-kind food establishment.

Co-owners Anna Sitton and Evan Winger have called BV home for 10 years. They began the Buena Viking with the idea of bringing together Winger’s Nordic ancestry and culinary degree with her marketing expertise to provide the highest standard of casual dining.

Every menu option has a story behind its name, and every recipe is literally tried and true. This power couple spent hours designing their menu not only with flavor and value in mind, but also driven by inspiration from culinary profiles from all over the world.

The Buena Viking is situated between Deerhammer Distilling Co. and Colorado Kayak Supply, providing the ultimate afternoon hangout complete with thoughtful food and beverage craftsmanship and outdoor recreation. The menu selections feature snackable options such as truffle Parmesan tater tots or the fully loaded version with fresh jalapenos, sriracha sour cream, apple cider bacon, aged cheddar sauce, tomatoes and onions ‒ every detail giving another layer of wow with each bite.

My favorite menu choice is the Boone Burger, named for their canine mascot and honorary food truck helper. It is made with 7 ounces of Colorado angus beef, a generous slab of cream cheese, a pile of jalapenos and a lightly-toasted brioche bun – simply heaven. There is just enough richness and bold flavor to leave you satisfied. The Buena Viking even has breakfast-style sandwiches and a full selection of melts to complete the idea of elevated comfort food for the masses.

“Evan is first-generation Norwegian on his father’s side. After years of bartending at Deerhammer, he decided this would be a great next step, and we jumped on the chance to fill a niche on Main Street. #totsandwhiskeymakemefrisky was born! It’s amazing to look out our window and see as many locals as tourists braving our line. We’ve gotten great feedback and hope to be able to continue offering simple food done right to our town,” said Sitton.

The Buena Viking will be open through the fall, 11 a.m to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. You can find them on Facebook at The Buena Viking.