Burger Bonanza

Beefy bites from Austin's newest joints

Freddy's Frozen Custard

1465 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 512/259-9292
www.freddysfrozencustard.com
Sunday-Thursday, 10:30am-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 10:30am-11pm

Freddy's Frozen Custard in Cedar Park provides patrons a family-friendly, clean, Fifties-style eatery that serves up burgers, hot dogs (regular and loaded Chicago style), an assortment of fries with chili and cheese toppings, and tasty frozen custard desserts and even offers a veggie burger. You place your order, pay, and receive a number that is called when your order is ready for you to pick up. (Drive-up is also available.)

Freddy's beefy claim to fame relies on thin patties "with seared, crispy edges." My dining buddy ordered the double steak burger with cheese, fries, and a drink and added bacon ($6.89). The steak burger comes with mustard, pickles, and onion. He declared the set of patties, cheese, and smoky bacon (not too thick, not too thin) to be quite flavorful and found bacon in every bite. The shoestring fries were plentiful and very crispy. My steak burger California-style ($3.29) came with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and "Freddy Sauce" (Thousand Island). The juicy burger tasted very grilly, and the thick, whole onion slice added a nice bite. Both burgers had crunchy edges that added to the meaty cheesiness that nestled nicely in the soft, butter-toasted buns.

Junk-food guilt aside, we split a mini Cashew Crunch sundae ($3.39), which included a heaping serving of custard with ample whole cashews, warm caramel sauce, whipped cream, and a cherry. "Mini" seems a loose interpretation, as we couldn't finish it all, but it proved a yummy finale to our junk-food venture. – Sarah Hamlin

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