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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Burger Joints - Best Hamburger Places in ATX

good hamburger places in austin

A directory of the best places to get a hamburger or cheeseburger in Austin Texas. Gourmet burgers at an upscale restaurant to the local dive bar for a burger and beer depending on your personal taste. Austin is also home to 100's of popular and highly touted food trucks and trailers that serve some fantastic award winning restaurant quality food.

The burger directory is straight to the point. No ads, No runarounds. It is also mobile friendly. It has the business address, phone numbers, maps, and the website and social links to all. You can go here to the main page here Austin Burger Places or choose an area of town below.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Korean Grill - Best Authentic Asian Cuisine

Korean Grill - 10901 N Lamar Blvd - Austin, TX - (512) 339-0234 Map

The Korean Grill is located in the China Town Center in North Austin. It's highly touted as the place to get some of the most authentic Asian Cusine available in the city of Austin. Great dishes and sides like grilled mackerel, kimchi jjigae, vegetable tempura and seafood bulgogi adorn the menu. The stir fried squid, pork bulgogi and the sul lung tang soup are as good as they come. The Korean Grill is a casual dress kid friendly restaurant. For libations The Korean Grill serves beer and wine only.

Sherrie N. Austin, TX
The beef bulgolgi is a decent sized portion but what stands out are the amazing side dishes it comes with. There are so many options from anchovies to potatoes, eggs, kimchi, etc..

Fatima L. Ashburn, VA
We had the seafood soup at Korea Grill yesterday. It was excellent. It was packed to the brim with octopus, squid, mussels, fish, shrimp, and crab, plus tofu, vegetables, and some noodles for texture.

John M. Round Rock, TX
Quite possibly the most authentic Korean food in town.

Eisa M. Phoenix, AZ
Every city I travel to I have Korean BBQ, it has to be one of my favorite cuisines. I was impressed, the food was great and service was wonderful.

Facebook Korean-Grill

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

European Influenced Fine Dining French Restaurant

Olivia Restaurant - 2043 S Lamar Blvd, Austin Tx - (512) 804-2700  MAP
Open 5pm-11pm Monday-Saturday and Weekend Brunch 9am-2:30pm

Olivia is trendy Executive Chef Owned New America restaurant located in South Austin. Self described as "Rich in European and Southern influences, the menu changes daily to reflect the season and goods of local farmers & ranchers. Bon Appétit magazine chose Olivia as on of the top ten best new restaurants in the country at one time.

Deirdre D. Houston TX
"I had the gnocchi, my mom had the surf & swine, my aunt had the sea bass and my niece had the steak & frites.  The gnocchi was with grilled heirloom cherry tomatoes, several different kinds of mushrooms, pickled red onion and cotija cheese.  It was amazing."

Nick V. Bristol, CT
"A perfect bistro. While there may be more interesting dishes here and there in Austin, Olivia shines because of its consistency.  Standouts:  surf and swine entree with charred octopus and pork belly, roasted sweetbread app with mushroom-fig purée and onion demiglace, roasted beet salad with smoked oysters and, of course, their awesome duck egg creme brûlée."

Be sure and check the menu for changes.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

24 Diner, Downtown ATX American Food Diner

24 Diner (open 24 hours)  600 N Lamar Blvd  Austin, TX   (512) 472-5400

Twitter.com/24DinerATX   Facebook.com/24Diner   24diner.com   Map

24 Diner in Downtown Austin is located at South Lamar & West 6th st. 24 serves an American food menu including chicken and waffles, meatloaf, bacon Gorgonzola burger, milkshakes, and have a beer and wine selection. You can see their very enticing menu here.

A very relaxed and casual setting with good food and drink. The 24 Diner can also be defined as hipster and trendy. A great late night place to stop after having all of that fun you are going to have in Austin. Parking is not a problem and the kiddo's are always welcome.

What people on the internet are saying

Julie G. San Antonio, Texas
"Fantastic place to entertain company. Things are a bit pricey but worth every penny. My first visit ,I had two bloody mary's, meat loaf, and a ceasar salad...every bite was moan worthy."

Sera O. Austin, Texas
"I had a breakfast platter with eggs, waffles, maple brown sugar butter, and sausage. My company had no-bean chili with a kick ass jalapeno cornbread. My waffles were fluffy, crispy, and melty in the inside. The chili was bomb and the cornbread was an absolute winner."

Amanda M. Los Angeles, California
"We came for dinner and overall it was a good meal. Very casual, relaxed place with good service and a fun environment. I had the roasted chicken and it was good. Most people around me had the chicken and waffles. That seems to be there "thing" so next time I go, that is what I will have!"

See the 24 Diner website for more photos & info  24diner.com

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Billy's Burgers & Beer North Central, Burnet Rd.

Billys On Burnet - 2105 Hancock Dr - Austin Texas - 512-407-9305

Billy's is located in North Central Austin at Hancock & Burnet Rd. They serve sandwiches, burgers, desserts, and a vegan & kids menu.

Appetizers and sides include chili cheese fries, fried green tomatoes, fried pickles, onion rings and other pub grub goodies.

Billy's also has a large selection of beer and wine. You can be one with nature by seating yourself outside on the decks.

Daily Lunch Specials, Outside Seating, Casual, Juke Box, Pool Table, some old school cabinet arcade games like Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga.

You're not there yet!!!
billys on burnet twitter   billys on burnet facebook   

What people on the internet are saying

Colin D. Austin, TX
"The food is good. I'd put the "Cobra" and "The Ends" burgers near the top of my list for Austin burgers and the fries are great. I've also had the chili and it's much better than you'd expect from bar food."

Melody L. Los Angeles, CA
"I also noticed something else that was awesome. Ms. Pacman. Oh yes. They have it here, along with a bunch of other arcade games and a pool table. There are also plenty of TVs to watch the game."

Matt A. Dallas, TX
"Billy's on Burnet doesn't win you over with fancy food, fancy wine, or fancy service. No, this place wins you over on good beer, good food, and great company. It's a place to wind down over a pint and a burger."

If you like a laid back casual atmosphere with a bunch of happy go luck people to have a beer and burger with give Billy's a try.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Cheesecake Experience, 60's Flower Powered Desserts

The Celia Jacobs Cheesecake Experience, Austin Texas  -  Are You Experienced ?
Austin's Popular Photogenic Flower Power Peace Sign Loving Food Trailer
Downtown Desserts Food Trailer - 74 Rainey St (map) - (512) 993-7389 - BYOB

austin tx strawberry cheesecakes    Providing hand crafted, artisan cheesecake bites in over 30 flavors. We truly embrace the idea of spreading peace and love, one cheesecake bite at a time. We not only strive to provide delicious cheesecake, but the personal experience that can be shared between us, our customers, and their loved ones.

Wednesday-Sunday 6pm-Midnight
Friday and Saturday 6pm-2am

Some of our favorite moments have been watching people run up to our trailer just to take their picture with it. It's all about their experience.
Warmly, Kimmie Tyer      


Amy B. from Mission Kansas (yelp)
"Our options were blueberry, German Chocolate, Chocolate Chip and New York style (which they always have!) We chose Blueberry and Chocolate Chip, which were both amazing!!!! Would definitely go back. $3 a dessert, and the sizes satisfy the sweet tooth!"

Instagram:TheCJCheesecakeExperience | Yelp | UrbanSpoon | Foursquare | Photos & Map

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dan's Hamburgers & Onion Rings, Best Of ATX

Dans Hamburgers Screenshot
Dan's Hamburgers  Numerous Austin Locations.  Austin, TX 78704  (512) 443-6131
Open for Breakfast 6am until 10pm, Closes Later on Weekends

I have been eating at Dan's for decades without one bad experience. The burgers are fantastic and like many others I love the onion rings. My favorite breakfast item at Dan's is the biscuits and gravy, and my favorite dinner is the chicken fried steak. It's the gravy!

Jen Knoedl @Gogobot
When I have a burger craving in Austin this is usually the first place that comes to mind. There are places that you can get a bigger burger, a fancier burger, or a more organic burger… But I'm not sure you can get a tastier one. I've been coming to Dan's as long as I can remember, so I don't pretend to be objective on this issue. This family-run restaurant has been part of my family for years and I hope it's around for a long time. Try the onion rings with your cheeseburger and wash it down with a chocolate milkshake.

What people on the internet are saying
"Dan's must have some of the best biscuits and gravy ever."
"This place is truly vintage Austin. The food is excellent."
"Had a cheese burger here with curly fries. And it was great!"
"Great food. Homemade Onion Rings and Fries."

5602 N Lamar
(512) 459-3239
2028 E Ben White
(512) 448-3800
844 Airport
(512) 385-2262
4308 Manchaca Rd
(512) 443-6131
610 Old San Antonio Rd. (512) 312-5361 Buda Tx. (far south)        

www.dans-hamburgers.com | Maps & Directions
If you vist Dan's Website be sure and insert the coin in the jukebox by clicking on it,

Image: web site screenshot

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Juan In A Million East Side ATX Popular Tex-Mex

Juan In A Million  2300 East Cesar Chavez  Austin, TX 78702  (512) 472-3872
OPEN 7:00 am - 3:00 pm Everyday Except Major Holday's

Like most Mexican restaurants they serve Huevos Rancheros, Fajitas, Enchiladas, Tacos, Chalupas... What sets them apart from the others is their reasonably priced food, larger than average portions, and good ole sincere Austin Texas East side hospitality. With that said I am going to suggest watching the short video, read below what others are saying about Juan's, and look over their menu.

I haven't been to Juan's in quite some time since moving to the North Austin / Round Rock area, but I am willing to bet it hasn't changed since my last visit. "If it isn't broke, don't fix it." Some good lip smacking Tex-Mex and a very pleasant atmosphere.  After all these folks have been in business for decades.

The last menu item I had at Juan's
The Chicken Enchiladas! Why yes, they were good! Thank you for asking.

What People on the internet are saying
"The Don Juan taco is the thing to get. This thing is huge!"
"I love the chicken enchiladas with the tomatillo green salsa"
"I've had my share in breakfast tacos, and the tacos here are not as greasy"
"The barbacoa is very lean and tasty with a flavor to die for"

Claim to fame  The Don Juan Taco. Ask about the Don Juan taco challenge.

This is what Austin Eat Cetera had to say about it.
"The Don Juan is a giant beast of a breakfast taco. Served with warm tortillas, it is a mountain of eggs, bacon, cheese, and potatoes. The bacon was amazing, not too crispy or soft, yet not overpowering either."


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Brick Oven Pizza and Lasagna North Central ATX

Brick Oven Pizza   1608 W. 35th Street   Austin, Texas 78703   512-453-4330

It's not just a name, they really do use a brick oven. Many have said the Brick Oven serves up some of the best pizza and pasta dishes in Austin. Sandwiches, stromboli's, appetizers, beer and wine can also be found on the menu. They also have a gluten free menu.

  I have had the spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and pizza. I love the taste and texture of their sauce. The best way to describe it is not too sweet, and not to tangy. I also like the red bell peppers and roma tomatoes they choose to use. I haven't had one but I do know others that say the stromboli's are very good. On the stromboli menu they have a veggie, italian with pepperoni and sausage, the southwest with chicken, jalapenos and onions.

Sandwiches (Italian Style)  Meatball - Ham - Chicken - Veggie

What people on the internet are saying
"The lasagna is superb, one of the better italian restaurants in town."
"Good Italian place all around, basically. Love the artichoke dip."
"Delicious pizza combined with a good atmosphere make this a good hangout."

Alternative Sauces  Basil Pesto - Chipolte Pesto - Alfredo

The Brick Oven is located midway between Lamar and Mopac on the corner of West 35th Street and Glenview Avenue. Google Map

BrickOvenOn35th.com | Menus | Gluten Free Menu | Wine | Directions

You can also see displayed artwork from local artist @ the Brick Oven

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Clay Pit - Traditional Indian Food, Downtown

The Clay Pit  1601 Guadalupe  Downtown Austin Tx 78701  (512) 322-5131

The Clay Pit is a traditional Indian restaurant serving a food menu native to the country of India. They also have a full service bar with a huge selection of wine from around the globe. It is casual dress with optional outdoor seating. The building the restaurant is located in is quite interesting. It is an old trading post that is supposedly haunted by the ghost of slaves that were held prisoner in the basement over a century ago. If you are near the Texas State Capital Building Downtown or The University Of Texas Campus you are in close proximity.

Web Site Note: Clay Pit has been voted best Indian restaurant in Austin and is recognized for a warm and inviting ambience, a dedication to service and for exceeding expectations

What people on the internet are saying
"They had a paneer tikka masala that was absolutely amazing."
"I had the most gloriously juicy and savory rack of lamb here."
"The korma was perfectly creamy with a slight hint of sweetness."

ClayPit.com | Menu | Wine List | Google Map

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Notch Burgers, North Central on Burnet Rd.

Top Notch Burgers  7525 Burnet Rd.  Austin, TX 78757  (512) 452-2181

Top Notch Burgers drive in restaurant opened in the early 1970s. It is located in the Allandale neighborhood in North Central Austin on Burnet Road just South of Northcross Drive.
(Google Map)

People flock to Top Notch for the burgers and fries, but they also have some very tasty fried chicken. The burger joint also has some thick and delicious milk shakes with your choice of the standard strawberry, chocolate and vanilla.

On the MENU they have an array of chicken sandwiches including chicken fried steak, fried or grilled chicken breast, and chicken salad. They also have a BLT, which is the only Top Notch sandwich I have had, and a grilled cheese.

Top notch also has chicken fried steak, shrimp and fish dinners. All 3 come with fries, and the seafood dinners also have a side of cole slaw. Optional sides include fried okra, potato salad, onion rings, mashed potatoes and gravy and tater tots to name a few.

"This place is great and reasonably priced, better then any fast food" says one reviewer.

TopNotchAustin.com | Menu (Downloadable) | Map

Monday, September 16, 2013

Zocalo Mexican Taqueria Cafe, 1110 West Lynn

Zocalo Mexican Food Cafe
Zocalo Cafe - 1110 West Lynn Street - Austin, TX 78703 - (512) 472-TACO

  Zocalo is a mexican restaurant / taqueria / tex-mex cafe all rolled up into one. They are located just west of the downtown area at West Lynn and 12th Street. A few of my personal favorites are the crispy stacked chicken enchiladas, zucchini stew, and I also like the pulled pork tacos. Zocalo serves what I would call healthy mexican food. The cafe is in popular demand and get pretty crowded at lunch, so think ahead if you have a short lunch break.

Zocalo's serves only a couple of domestic beers with Coors and Lone Star the only two listed on the menu. The imported beer selection is better with Carta Blanca, Dos Equis, and a couple Modelo choices. Then of course you have Corona and Tecate. They also serve frozen drinks and wine.

It is a very short cab or bicycle ride from the downtown area if you are visiting Austin.

www.zocalocafe.com | Directions | Catering
MENU Lunch / Dinner | Weekend Brunch | Libations
Walk-Ins | Take Out | Groups | Kids | Outside Seating

Monday – Friday 11AM-10PM
Saturday and Sunday 10AM-10PM
Weekend Brunch Served 10AM-2PM

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Green Mesquite BBQ, Barton Springs South

Green Mesquite BBQ - 1400 Barton Springs Rd. - South Austin - 512.479.0485

The Green Mesquite is located close to Downtown on the other side of the Colorado River in South Austin. It is close to Zilker Park and a couple football field lengths away from where the Austin City Limits Festival is held. This is the first location that opened in the late 1990s.

As any BBQ restaurant they serve beef, ribs, pork, sausage and chicken, but they are more than just a straight up BBQ menu. Some items I don't see at all barbeque restaurants are jumbalaya, chili cheese fries, fried okra, onion rings and catfish po-boys. The Green Mesquite also serves up a good ole American hamburger.

Prices range from $5.00 for a sliced beef sandwich, to $8 - $12 for barbeque plates.

The Green Mesquite is also a live music establishment with open mic Thursdays and bluegrass and bbq Sundays. They usually have music all week long. Music Calendar

www.greenmesquite.net | menu | hours / contacts | catering
More Green Mesquite Austin Area Locations
Southpark Meadows - 9900 South I35
South Austin, 512.282.7100
  Round Rock Tx - 2601 South IH 35
North Austin, 512.341.0200

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Nubian Queen East Austin Cajun Soul Food

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Photos: smothered pork chops with onion rings, fried pork chops, fried catfish

Lola's Nubian Queen Eastside Cajun Soul Food Restaurant
1815 Rosewood Avenue (map)   Austin, Texas 78702   (512) 474-5652

Lola Stephens moved to Austin from Lake Charles Lousiana in the early 80s. I would have to think she had no idea how much love she would eventually get from the folks in the capital city that love good home cooked cajun food. it would be an understatement to say it is a dream come true. Starting out with a meager savings she jumped right in and didn't think twice. Lola's has since become an Austin Eastside favorite. On Sundays Lola is not open for business because she is busy feeding Austin's homeless at her own expense.

Gumbo (usually all you can eat on Friday), crawfish, baked chicken, pork chops with red beans and rice etc.. Check the menu for accuracy.

Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Soul Food Cafe in East Austin, Texas serving cajun food, gumbo, po-boys, hamburgers, sandwiches, cajun sweet tea & more.

Breakfast  M-F, 8-10am
Closed Daily 10-11am

Mon. & Tues.  11am-6:45pm
Wed. - Fri.  11am-8:45pm
Saturday  5pm-8:45pm



Friday, August 23, 2013

Opal's Davenport - Far West Austin on Loop 360

Opal Divines Davenport is a restaurant and bar located in Far West Austin at the corner of loop 360 and Westlake Drive. Opal's serves up an American food menu including burgers, poor boy style philly cheese steak, turkey panini, patty melts, and newport club sandwiches for starters. They all come with their award winning "voted Austin's best" cracked black pepper fries. A few of the house specialties include smoked pulled pork tacos, beef and chicken fajitas, and shrimp tacos. They also have a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, and for those with a sweet tooth a pretty tasty desert selection.

Not hungry? Kick back and enjoy your favorite cocktail or beer. Opal's has a fully loaded bar featuring over 60 different whiskeys, and around 40 different beers on tap. Try Opal's popular bloody mary's made with their own signature bloody mary mix. DivineMaryMix.com

Opal's Davenport has an outdoor shaded patio if you prefer to be one with nature. Enjoy your meal outside, or just relax and order your favorite drink of choice. They also have rooms that can be made private for groups, and Opal's catering is available. Our place or yours.

Opal Divines Twitter  Opal Divines Facebook
Opal's Davenport - Far West Austin Restaurant
3801 Capital of Texas Hwy N.   512-369-3709
Map & Directions | Catering Menu

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Salt Lick BBQ - Driftwood / Far West Austin

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Salt Lick Barbeque Driftwood Tx. (far west Austin)
CASH Only in Driftwood - Bring Your Own Bottle - ATM Onsite

I think it's safe to say The Salt Lick restaurant is some of the best BBQ in Texas. Then again, there are literally 100s of barbeque places in Texas I feel that way about. Salt Lick has been featured in all major food publications at one time or another, and everything else BBQ related. Experience the Austin hill country! Head out 71 West towards the Willie Nelson, Bee Caves, Lake Travis,and the Hamiltons Pool area to find Salt Lick. If you are in North Austin visit The Salt Lick in Round Rock Tx., and also at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

A standard barbeque menu with beef brisket, ribs, sausage and turkey. You can order by the pound, plates, and sandwiches. You can also go the "all you can eat" route. Take a look at The Salt Licks Menu to see what might be the best for your personal needs. They also have some really good blackberry pies. Others on the menu are peach and pecan, but I haven't had a chance to try them yet.

The Salt Lick can cater and host your wedding onsite or off. If you are looking for a banquet / private room they have them readily available. They also have outdoor event space if you prefer to be one with nature in the Austin hill country amongst a very nice rustic setting. You can see more info and view their photos right here on their events page.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Maria's Taco Express - Hippie Church ATX

Maria's Taco Express
2529 South Lamar Blvd.
(512) 444-0261  Map

Food Menu  Drink Menu

Indoor Dining / Outdoor Patio
Imports / Domestics / Liquors
Tex-Mex / Mexican Food
Live Music Stage  Calendar

Photo: robotclaw CC-BY-2.0

Seems like yesterday when I first saw the Maria's Taco wagon on South Lamar. It wasn't long after Maria's moved from the food trailer into a lease space, and now a decade later Maria's is in the restaurant they built. Step by step Maria's has become a South Austin favorite.

People not only visit for the food, but also the laid back atmosphere, the outdoor patio, and they sometimes have live Americana music.

Here you can see a  Photo Tour and Short Video Of Maria's Hippe Church.

Breakfast taco's are Maria's claim to fame and what initially got them jump started. They serve up your standard breakfast taco's like ham, bacon, chorizo, migas, and some good breakfast plates like huevos rancheros. They also have some great lunch and dinner menu items. The del la casa enchilada plates with eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini... Good fajitas too!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Magnolia Cafe - South Congress (SoCo) Ave.

Magnolia Cafe, ATX
"Sorry We're Open"
American Food Menu

1920 S. Congress Ave.
(512) 445-0000
2304 Lake Austin Blvd
(512) 478-8645
Menu  Map

The Magnolia Cafe is a very popular place for locals and tourist alike. You never know who you might see there, from Roky Erikson of the 13th Floor Elevators fame to actor and University Of Texas graduate Matthew McConaughey.

Magnola serves up an American food menu which includes sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads and some Tex Mex. Some of their house specials are love veggies, spinach lasagna, and the magnolia stir fry for which you can view their menu for a more detailed description.

Magnolia serves up breakfast 24 hours a day, or as they define it 24/8. Magnolias pancakes are in popular demand making their gingerbread banana pancakes favorites to many. They are served as singles, short stack (2), or a full stack (3). They are big and thick and cover the entire plate. The omelettes are good too.

Along with the usual drinks Magnolia also has cranberry, apple, and grapefruit juice. Root beer and mocha floats are also on the menu. The alcohol menu includes chilled mimosas, beer and wine.

Photo: LoneStarMike, CC-BY-SA-3.0
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