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  • Chris 12:49 pm on October 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    All Star Burger 

    Popped in to All Star Burger during a rare trip to that neck of the woods.

    Like most new burger places these days, they tout fresh hormone-free beef, never frozen, etc.  Burger was ok, nothing spectacular.  The size was good, seemed a bit thicker than the standard thin-patty, and was cooked well (some pink inside).  Veggies were fresh, cheddar was “Tillamook”. Bun was a bit of a distraction–too thick, too interesting in its own right.  A proper bun should just do its job of holding the burger, and get out of the way.  But a nice presentation, reminded me a bit of Smashburger.

    Not bad

    Not bad

    The real killer was the fries–boring frozen fries.  As I’ve said before, I don’t see the point of having a fresh burger and fresh bun and fresh this and hormone-free that, and not serving fresh house-made fries. Especially in Austin, where we are drowning in real french fries.  And they are so much better than the afterthought frozen french fry.

    So overall a nice place, nice presentation, decent enough burger, but the weak fries really leave a bad impression.

    all star burgers

    Nice digs




  • Chris 2:14 pm on February 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Svante’s Stuffed Burger Truck 

    Due to the temporary closure of our company cafeteria, The Bistro, lovingly referred to by some employees as “The Shitstro,” there are food trucks coming in daily to nourish us hungry knowledge workers.  We were graced today by Svante’s Stuffed Burger Truck, and it did not disappoint.  Fresh fries, cooked well (not limp or soggy), nice size burger patty (grass-fed of course), good toppings (I got the All-American Burger).  Only complaint was the slighty herby taste to the burger, which I think can be attributed to the bun.  Could do without that distraction.

    They offer several fancy-pants burgers, which I shun, so can’t comment on the bacon-onion jam or jalapeño havarti options.

    Also, I saw no evidence of any “stuffage” on my burger (no molten cheese center, eg), so not sure why the name is “stuffed burgers.”  Regardless, quality food truck burger.

    The Truck

    The Truck

    Good Fries

    Good Fries



    Svante's Stuffed Burgers

    Still good despite Topping Inversion




    Cross Section

    Cross Section

  • 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

    Classic Smash


    Smashburger Austin Lakeline cheeseburger

    Crustage detail


    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 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.


      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

    Green Chile Cheeseburger

    Alamo Springs Cafe Burger


    Alamo Springs Cafe Griddle

    Where the Magic Happens




  • 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 12:16 pm on April 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    In the Buns Update 

    First trip back to In the Buns since they were sold. A few cosmetic changes have been made, all positive in my view. The interior is much more inviting –no more chain link fence around the kitchen area, tables are larger, most of the flower sculptures are gone (I guess they left a few as a nod to the original decor), and there are booths along one wall.  All in all, they have softened the place up a bit.  Much more appealing than before.

    One other difference is that the cheeseburger comes with the cheese on top, instead of embedded in the patty.  I kind of liked the unique embedded cheese method, but the current burger incarnation is still good.

    Burger still generously sized and tasty.


    In the Buns Cheeseburger & Fresh Cut Fries

    In the Buns Cheeseburger & Fresh Cut Fries


    In the Buns Interior


    In the Buns Interior



  • Chris 8:12 pm on April 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Neworld Cafe 

    Finally had a burger at this new spot up on Far West. It’s the sibling of the NeWorlDeli on Guadalupe.

    Burger was tasty–real cheddar available, lots of fresh veggies, a mound of thinly sliced red onion, and a homemade-tasting bun (did not confirm homemade-ness) .

    Fries bland, typical frozen afterthought fries. Skip those in favor of a soup or something.

    Won’t hesitate to order the burger again, but will skip the fries next time.





  • Chris 11:44 am on January 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Flippin’ Burgers Visit 

    Saw the sign for this place a few weeks ago, and found out it was open from some positive reviews on Urbanspoon.  The phrase “tater tots are made from scratch” had my interest piqued, not to mention in-house ground beef.

    The place is way up north at 183 and 1431 in Cedar Park.

    Got the combo meal.  The menu lists fresh made-in-house everything pretty much.  Burger was thin patty, griddled; cheddar available and procured.

    The purported Tater Tots® (registered trademark of Ore-Ida, inventors of the Tater Tot®) are tots in name only. They were more like “battered home fries” to me–small chunks of potato with some breading/crust.  So not even close to what I know as the Tater Tot®–cylindrical potato composites, à la Sonic.  So tot-lovers don’t be fooled, I wouldn’t call these tater tots.  They were tasty nonetheless, however I would definitely try the fries next time.

    Dublin Dr. Pepper on tap, as well as Maine Root Cola.

    All in all, a good burger with quality accessories.  It’s a bit far afield for me, so unlikely to visit again soon.  But if it were more convenient, I could see making it a regular stop.  Definitely need to get back and try the fries and onion rings.



    Flippin' Burgers Austin Burger and Tots

    Cheeseburger and "tots"

    Flippin' Burgers Austin Tots

    "Tots" detail -- tasty, but not "tots"!

    Flippin' Burgers Austin Burger

    Edge Detail

    Flippin' Burgers Austin Burger

    Lacking crust, plus Dry Bun Syndrome (but very nicely toasted bun)


    Filppin' Burgers Austin

    Salt/pepper burger

    Flippin' Burgers Austin

    Check it out

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