Cuisine: Burger Joint
1112 E. Sixth
They use only Angus beef from cows that have been fed a 100% vegetarian diet with no artificial growth hormones or antibiotics. The sandwiches go on preservative-free, locally baked bread. The shakes are made by hand with Blue Bell ice creams. What else does one need to know?
12921 Hill Country Blvd., #105, Bee Cave 512/263-7300
This neighborhood burger joint is a great place to enjoy hand-shaped patties and a wealth of fried sides. And yes, that guy or gal pulling the tap or handing you some serious Frito pie was in that punk band you saw the other night.
2105 Hancock 512/407-9305
Build your own burger at this longtime no-frills restaurant. Try the chicken-fried steak.
Open at 6:30am for early birds looking for a breakfast taco or a muffin, and a special cup of joe. Later in the day, expect plate lunch specials, such as steak or pork chops.
1500 San Jacinto 512/236-8226
Casino el Camino is famous for huge, juicy burgers with a variety of toppings and excellent hot dogs smothered in chili. Vegetarian options are available, and there's a fabulous jukebox, too.
517 E. Sixth 512/469-9330
With items named "the Kitchen Sink," "the Backporch," and "the Purple Bubba" on its menu, the Hub has certainly staked out its demographic. We're pretty sure those are all edible.
3815 Dry Creek Dr. 512/432-5390
One of several burger outlets operated by Austin's Hamburger King, Dan Junk, whose trademark has always been good, fresh food and friendly service.
Open since 1926, the hamburgers are still cooked right there on the griddle. Chicken-fried steaks and the best hand-battered onion rings in town make this place a regular stop.
2808 Guadalupe 512/477-3173
350 Trinity Street 512/476-7100
9828 Great Hills Trail 512/608-4054
Although the hamburgers are very good, this place also serves up a plethora of chicken dishes, from battered-and-fried tenders to oven-roasted rosemary chicken plates.
2610 Guadalupe St. 512/474-7837
This friendly spot has great food and is located outside security, so if you find yourself at the airport without a boarding pass, you can still check out the game.
3600 Presidential 512/530-2233
Fresh ground beef is the base for big and little burgers, cheeseburgers, and bacon cheeseburgers, available with a wide variety of free toppings.
3208-B Guadalupe 512/452-4300
1900 Manor Rd. 512/366-5154