Austin, TX Burgers..........

Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Austin, TX Burgers.......... 2012/03/26 11:21:27
I eat a lot of burgers out here in Austin. Here's  a review of one of the best in town:
I eat way too many burgers. I like the thin, flat griddled patties at Sandy's Custard. I like the charcoal burgers at Top Notch up on Burnet Road. I like the old timey burgers at Mike's Pub in downtown. I used to love to ride my bike down to Del Rio and eat wood fired burgers at TB's.
Making my own burgers at the house is so involved I have to get my meat grinder, scales, clarified bacon fat and cake flour out before I even consider doing it.
Then there's the Dogwood burger. As a piece of architecture it's pretty impressive with all the fried green tomatoes, chile con queso and slab cut bacon. But none of that would matter if it didn't taste so good.
I always look at it and think "there's no possible way I can eat that thing". Then I eat every last bite. Of course it helps that I've sworn off french fries that aren't hand cut, the only chink in Dogwood's armor I've found so far.
Pic of the Dogwood burger http://www.scrumptiousche...-Tuesday-May-10th-2011
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Austin, TX Burgers.......... 2012/03/29 13:30:10
More hamburger coverage from Austin Texas:
The griddle at Lion’s Municipal Golf Course in west Austin is nicely seasoned after  three quarters of a century of use. Trouble is, you really can’t feel the history due to numerous renovations of the facility over the years.
I walk in expecting an Edward Hopper scene with a surly fry cook having a smoke over a Modern Detective magazine, maybe a short row of circular stools hard up against a long counter overlooking an ancient flat top. Perhaps a few glass domes filled with the cakes and the pies of the day.
Given the fact that the facility was established in 1934 I expect a bit of Dashiell Hammett mixed in with my dining experience but sadly I’m denied this small pleasure.
The food service in the snack bar is run by Players Restaurant,  the jerry-built burger house on the southern tip of UT’s campus. I’ve enjoyed Players for years and know them to be a reputable burger joint. Prices are cheap, they char grill their pattys and I absolutely love their ramshackle bier garten where their use of the word garden to describe a little patch of blasted asphalt always brings a tear to my eye.
I have an affinity for gregarious grill cooks. Lion’s Municipal Golf Course’s Warren is a talkative lad. Few subjects go untouched as he prepares my food. We discuss the history of the golf course, his tenure at the snack bar and what happens during the course of a typical shift with the conversation eventually shifting over to the utility and design of electric bicycles.
The burger here at Lion’s is good. There’s value afoot as the price is $3.69 which is certainly a rarity in this modern Austin of $18 cheeseburgers and quarter million dollar bungalows.
The patty is a quarter pound or so of select beef garnished with the standard items of lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. It’s the thin, flat style popular in diners and roadside stands the USA over.
Fries are the standard freezer bag version. Of note is the use of Tony Chachere’s Cajun spices as the salt of choice. The portion is enormous.
As a non-golfer, the hubbub of the Lion’s Municipal Golf Course being bulldozed to build a condo community hasn’t really touched me.
It would be sad to see a Caterpillar D-9 bulldozer take out the very nice al fresco dining area overlooking one of the greens however.
This is where I take my repast. With the sun high in the sky the sheltering oaks provide a nice respite from the day’s heat. A few errant grackles are just a shotgun’s blast away from being no longer in the mood to circle my table for a  stray french fry.
As the list of restaurants I’ve never tried in Austin has dwindled to a handful I’ve turned increasingly towards those that are flying well  under the radar. Which has led me to this  public golf course in West Austin. I expect to start making the rounds of the National Guard Armory’s snack bar scene shortly.
What is your favorite Austin municipality food source?
2901 Enfield Rd
Austin Texas
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Austin, TX Burgers.......... 2012/03/29 13:39:21
Terra Burger on 183 is now closed.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Austin, TX Burgers.......... 2012/03/29 13:51:06
My favorite municipality food source is Stuffed on 620. The red beans and rice are out of this world. Boudin is good too.
Junior Burger
Re:Austin, TX Burgers.......... 2012/08/28 18:35:24
Player's on MLK.
Junior Burger
Re:Austin, TX Burgers.......... 2012/10/13 06:12:12
I have only been to Austin 2 times but P terry's was pretty good.