Waterloo Ice House
1106 W. 38th, Austin, 78705, 512/451-5245
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 7am-10pm; Sun., 8am-9pm
Solid burgers, fries, fajitas, beer, and breakfast in an unpretentious setting with a venerable music history.
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.
5420 Airport, 512/453-8772
One of several burger outlets operated by Austin's Hamburger King, Dan Junk, whose trademark has always been good, fresh food and friendly service.
5602 N. Lamar, 512/312-5361