Tagged: opening RSS

  • Chris 1:33 pm on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , opening   

    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
    Tags: , , opening   

    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 10:01 am on April 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: opening   

    In-N-Out Coming This Year 







    “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.”




  • Chris 12:46 pm on April 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: opening   

    Hopdoddy Opening in North Austin 

    South Austin fancy-pants burger bar Hopdoddy is opening at Anderson/Burnet this month!  Looking forward to trying them out, since I never get south.  Home-baked buns + in-house ground beef.

  • Chris 5:21 pm on August 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: opening   

    202 Walton Way Cedar Park TX 78613  … 


    202 Walton Way, Cedar Park, TX 78613.  No further details.

    • Tracy 3:58 pm on October 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      AVOID AT ALL COSTS! I went with a couple people from the office (1:15pm 10/3) and we bought lunch to take back to everyone. One of the ladies has a thing about soggy bread and asked if the meat could be wrapped separate from the bread with condiments on the side. She was told, “no, we don’t do that here’ (accompanied with an attitude). She didn’t understand the combo menu and asked a question, but was given a serious attitude and given a one word answer and I was surprised that his attitude was even worse. Personally, I was ready to just leave. We went ahead and ordered for everyone. NO ONE liked the food, not one. The bun was stale and greasy, the marinade was awful (and I love marinades), the onion rings were flavorless, the SPFries were limp and soggy.

      They were not busy when we were there. There was only one table that was eating. Two other orders (2 people each came in after us) and we only ordered for 6 people. No excuse. Will not give them another chance, will make sure I advertise for them. They are really pricy and I wouldn’t mind if the food was good and the ‘order taker” at least smiled and was pleasant and helpful. They loose on all points.

    • Rebecca 5:32 pm on December 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      My daughter and I had cheeseburgers, fries and a drink today.
      The Cheeseburger was $4.50, Fries, $2.00 and I’m not sure how much the drink was. I will not go back.
      The burger was pretty bland. They use sweet pickles instead of dill, which I didn’t like and the lettuce looked and tasted like kale.
      We ate inside and the ketchup tasted old, I’m pretty sure it’s been sitting on out for a while.
      The fries are so-so, but they have a seasoning that taste like onions and I HATE onions.
      And the drinks – the only “normal” fountain drink I saw was Diet Coke. The rest of the drinks are off-brand names that I have never heard of. I wanted Dr Pepper, and they had one that looked similar to Dr Pepper, but the name was in a different language? Anyway, it said “made with pure cane sugar” and it tasted kind of like a mix of Mr Pibb and Diet Dr Pepper – yuck.
      So, I felt like we wasted our money, but now we know, and so do you.

  • Chris 10:48 am on July 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: opening   

    Moonie’s Opening Third Location 

    Cedar Park’s Moonie’s Burger House is opening a third location at MoPac and Burnet, in the same shopping center as TacoDeli, at 12001 Burnet Road.  Looks like the same spot as the failed Gabbi’s Burgers and Dogs occupied.


    View Larger Map

    • brian 1:46 am on August 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      hey chris…we are now open in that location. Its a smaller but “cozier” place than our other locations. We are testing a few different things over there. We have a family meal deal for $21.99 that feeds two adults and two kids…we have a happy hour from 4-7pm everyday. ALL bottled beer is $2. One of the best deals in town! And for you we offer either sliced or shredded cheddar (asked for shredded) to top off your burger. Thanks for letting people know we are open…. brian (owner)

    • Chris 9:23 am on August 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the info Brian, and thanks for the Cheddar update! Two varieties of cheddar–that’s even better. Will have to get by and give this location a try.

    • brian 1:44 pm on August 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am at that location quite a bit so let me know when you are there..would like to meet you. remember you can get extra mayo etc. if you want it on your burger. Your one of the few that has said we had “dry bun” syndrome :) Nothing worse than dry buns.The bun is usually one of the things we receive great reviews on. Look forward to seeing you and thanks for letting people know we are open. It really helps us smaller guys. brian

  • Chris 10:47 am on May 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , opening,   

    In the Buns Burger Joint 

    Read on Chowhound about a new burger place just minutes from my office so had to give it a try.  Overall I was quite impressed with the burger.  It was very juicy and was a good size–6oz–no thin patty here.  Cooked on a griddle, nice crust development.  The cheeseburger has the cheese mixed into the meat instead of sitting on top…not sure about this technique, but at least they offer cheddar and other real cheese (non American) options.  The bun was good–well toasted, held up to the burger but was not overly bready, and was also top-toasted on the griddle, always a nice touch.

    They offer an array of quality sugar-cane soda options at the fountain–Maine Root sodas, and Dublin Dr. Pepper on tap.

    On the flip side, I thought the fries were pretty much terrible.  They were edible, but were run of the mill frozen curly fries.  Also not a fan of the interior and the tiny tables with the annoying flower sculptures.  The combo price, at $9+ after tax, is a bit steep as well.

    Overall, very good burger.  If they switched to fresh fries made in-house, I’d find it difficult to stay away.

    Check them out on Facebook (they don’t appear to have a dedicated website). Their Yelp entry has quite a few photos.


    View Larger Map

    In the Buns Burger Joint burger

    As delivered--note bun top toasting

    In the Buns Burger Joint burger

    Nice crust development! Nice bun toasting as well.

    In the Buns Burger Joint burger

    Note cheese oozing out from within

    In the Buns Burger Joint burger

    Cross section showing cheddar distribution

    In the Buns Burger Joint fries

    Boring fries

    In the Buns Burger Joint sodas

    Dublin Dr. Pepper on tap!

    In the Buns Burger Joint interior

    Tables too small

    In the Buns Burger Joint sculpture

    Not a fan of these table sculptures...seem to be in the way

    In the Buns Burger Joint counter

    Order up

    In the Buns Burger Joint exterior

    They need better signage

    In the Buns Burger Joint

    In the Buns Burger Joint

    Blurry cross section...need a new camera

    • Jim Howard 3:44 pm on August 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I live in Anderson Mill, and had no idea these guys were here! I’ll check them out this weekend, thanks.

  • Chris 2:26 pm on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: opening   

    Northcross Elevation Now Open 

    The Northcross Mall Elevation Burger is now open!  We are fans of the Elevation burger–they offer quality cheddar cheese, hormone-free etc etc beef, delicious fresh fries cooked in olive oil, and tons of free topping choices (including grilled onions…free!).  Check it out.

    More Elevation Burger posts…

    • word 7:53 pm on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      another new place opened a couple weeks ago – big daddy’s or something – at 183 and Burnet in that large strip mall. quality burgers, unique ingredients, pretty good brioche style buns. Owned by the same person who owns Nutty Brown Cafe, fwiw

      • Chris 8:05 pm on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Great, thanks for the tip. Will check into it and post results here…

      • Mike 8:51 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        This is exciting news. I have eaten a different burger almost every week for over seven years, and the Nutty Brown Cafe burger remains one of my favorites.

  • Chris 1:17 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: opening   

    Free Burgers and Fries! 

    Free food at a new Carl’s Jr. in Westlake tomorrow and Wednesday.  Official details:

    The festivities will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the new restaurant, with burgers and fries to be given away, as well as coupons and prizes; the chain’s mascot, Happy Star, and Carl’s Jr.’s street team will be on hand to ensure everyone is having a great time! The restaurant will officially open its doors to the public on Monday, Jan. 31.

    11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, and Wednesday, Jan. 26
    Carl’s Jr., 3201 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX 78746

    Carl’s Jr. ain’t all that, but hey, free burgers and fries!  And a chance to see Happy Star in person!
    Carl's Jr. Happy Star Hotness

    Happy Star Hotness from Carl's Facebook Page

  • Chris 12:43 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: opening   

    Hat Creek Expansion Plans 

    An article in today’s Statesman details expansion plans for Hat Creek Burgers.  Upshot: 5-10 more locations planned, with a “flagship” location in Westlake where those pink flamingos currently reside.  UT-area location due to open first, early next year.  Thumbs up from ABN…we love Hat Creek!

    Most interesting comment on the story: “At least there won’t be many smelly hippies there.


    Hat Creek Cheeseburger

    Why we like Hat Creek (yes, that's real cheddar, folks)!

compose new post
next post/next comment
previous post/previous comment
show/hide comments
go to top
go to login
show/hide help
shift + esc