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  • Chris 2:33 pm on October 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mighty Fine Adding Onion Rings 

    From Fb post, looks like Mighty Fine adding onion rings to the menu.  This is great news!

     

     
    • Carl Spackler 9:56 am on October 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      They’ve had onion rings on the menu for months.

      • Chris 10:18 am on October 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t get out much Carl

        • Mike 7:44 pm on November 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          What’s weird is that this site is called Austin Burger News even though I can think of three other sites off the top of my head (two of which are not burger-focused) that provide far more Austin burger news than this one.

          • Chris 12:05 pm on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            I don’t get out much, Mike

  • Chris 1:33 pm on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Smashburger: Good 

    Checked out the new Smashburger up at Lakeline today, second day of business.  Wasn’t sure what to expect as a Smashburger virgin.  There is one way south in Austin, but I never get down that way.

    The space is somewhat small–not quite enough seating methinks for the inevitable lunch crowds.  Booths are not very comfortable either–backs are vertical, so feels strange sitting in one.

    No combo meals offered.  I got the Classic Smash cheeseburger, substituting cheddar for American.  YES, they have cheddar!  Added regular fries (not the “smashfries” variety, with rosemary, which does not sound appealing).  Burger was quite delicious.  Is 1/3 lb–a good size for a lunchtime burger–and griddled of course.  Beef tasted fresh, and…beefy.  Veggies good.  Bun good.  Fries are frozen unfortunately, but they give you an ample supply, and they are actually pretty tasty for frozen–very thin and crusty.

    Overall pleased with the food.  Agree with AHT assessment.  Good addition to the lunch options here up north.

    Smashburger Austin Lakeline cheeseburger

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    Smashburger Austin Lakeline cheeseburger

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    Smashburger Austin Lakeline

     
    • Chihwa 11:33 am on November 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I want to try here next time. This site is pretty cool!

  • Chris 10:25 am on July 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Chain Updates–In-N-Out, Smashburger, BurgerFi 

    Several signs of chain activity.  In-n-Out coming to 45th/Airport area.

    Looks like Smashburger coming to 183/Lakeline.

    BurgerFi coming to south and central Austin.

     

     

     
  • Chris 12:06 pm on May 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries Coming 

    California chain opening up north, Parmer & I35, this month, first Texas location for them.  Had never heard of them.  They boast fresh beef and fresh-cut fries, so sounds promising, even for a chain.  Cheddar is an option.

     
    • Sam Lander 5:22 pm on May 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the useful website! I read each update as it comes in, and your site has longevity.

      FWIW you might consider trying the burger at Jack Allen’s Kitchen; also the burger at Evangeline–it’s like the burger of my northeast Texas childhood. I’m amazed that these burgers are never mentioned in comprehensive lists.

      Cheers,

      Sam Lander

      PS: I am not affiliated with any restaurant whatsoever.

      • Chris 6:00 pm on May 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the tips, will have to check those out.

  • Chris 6:53 pm on April 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Alamo Springs Doesn’t Disappoint 

    Made another annual stop at Alamo Springs Cafe, south of Fredericksburg.  Much better experience this time that the previous trip, where we waited for 2 hrs for food to arrive at our table, as we watched angry patrons get up and leave after similar waits.  The lax attitude is expected here, but the 2hr marathon wait was a bit much.

    This time, we found a table immediatley, were greeted by the friendly nose-ringed waitress and got our food within about 20 minutes.  And it was as good as ever.  Can’t say I’ve had a burger of this sort in Austin.  It’s a half pound at least of griddled beef that stays on the well-seasoned griddle long enough to form a very nice crust.  This is the proper way to cook a griddle burger.  None of the griddle-burger places in Austin that I frequent achieve this kind of crust.  Hopdoddy should be taking notes.

    My burger was a bit overcooked, but even then, it was still very very juicy and delicious.

    Recommend a visit if you’re out Fredericksburg way.

    Alamo Springs Cafe Fries and Onion Rings

    Competent Sides

    Alamo Springs Cafe Green Chile Cheeseburger

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    Crusty!

    Alamo Springs Cafe Griddle

    Where the Magic Happens

     

     

     

     
  • Chris 11:19 am on April 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Must see TV — More Burger Land Episodes Coming! 

    George Motz‘s Travel Channel experiment Burger Land was apparently well-received enough to generate more shows.  First one is tonight!  Should be some good burger TV watching.  First episode focuses on L.A.  Set the DVR.

     
  • Chris 10:01 am on April 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    In-N-Out Coming This Year 

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    “Plans for the first In-N-Out Burger in Central Texas remain on track, with the restaurant scheduled to open by the end of the year, company officials say.”

    http://www.statesman.com/news/business/in-n-out-burger-on-track-for-2013-opening-in-round/nXKFm/

     

     

     
  • Chris 8:58 pm on March 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Best Burger in a Long Time at Épicerie 

    Just had dinner at the new Épicerie Cafe & Grocery on Hancock this evening.  Delicious burger.  Thick patty, beefy flavor, juicy, well-cooked, “Vermont cheddar”, nice crust on the patty.  Overall, just a very tasty and satisfying burger.  Fries good.  This is by far the best burger I have had in Austin in quite some time.

    I also like the setup here–no wait staff.  You order at the counter.  You grab some silverware (and cloth napkin) from a shelf.  You fill you own water.  It’s very simple and pleasant.  The place is small so it feels like you are eating at home almost.

    Unfortunately was too dark for any good pix, but I’ll be back :)

     

     
  • Chris 7:16 am on February 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hopdoddy North 

    Made it out to the hoppin’ Hoppdoddy’s new north location.  We got there early enough to avoid the crowd.  When we left, there was a line out front.  Burger was good, but nothing great.  All fresh in-house made stuff (bun, beef, even ketchup).  Maine Root on tap.  Hipster vibe.  Burger was good, but did not cross over into greatness territory.  Bun was too sweet.  Burger was too perfectly round (handled by machine?).  Lacked sufficient crust and beefy flavor.  Fries good!

    Agree with A Hamburger Today’s assessment for the most part.  Everything looks and sounds great, but it just doesn’t come together as one would expect to produce a stellar burger.

    Hopdoddy Burger and Fries

    Fries Good

    Hopdoddy Burger and Fries

    Burger not bad…but should be “great”

     

    Hopdoddy Burger and Fries

    Under the hood–patty too perfectly round, lack of crust

     

    Hopdoddy Burger

    Cross section, decently cooked (sign of pink remaining)

     
    • Alex 3:33 pm on February 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      You should review Wholly Cow Burgers! Best grass-fed burger in Austin!

  • Chris 11:03 am on September 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Must See Tee Vee 

    New series by Hamburger America guy George Motz.  It’s called Burger Land and it’s on the Travel Channel.  Watched the first two episodes–good stuff.  First featured New Jersey sliders, second focused on Wisconsin regional burger varieties–the Butter Burger, and burgers cooked in lard in one place (WEDL’s), and kind of poached in grease and water on a waterlogged griddle in another place (Pete’s).  All burgers were quite tantalizing.  He focuses on mom-and-pop joints that have been operating forever.  Should be a great series to keep up with.

     
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