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Chris Madrid’s – San Antonio, Texas (9.0)

Chris Madrids

I am going to introduce you, if you aren’t already familiar, with San Antonio burger royalty. Chris Madrid’s. This is a San Antonio right of passage. In this institution you won’t find a health loving, better-life burger that will leave you ready to embrace a healthy green future. What you will find is a burger that does not apologize for anything that burgers exist for. Cheese. Meat. Butter-toasted buns. Circumference. Grease. Good God the grease!

Yes, Chris Madrids was omitted from Texas Monthly’s 50 Best Burgers in Texas. Yeah, it somewhat goes against my “just right burger-size,” what am i talking about, Chris Madrids obliterates that. But what you need to understand is that there is something entirely magical about what the cheese is doing. It’s beyond sex, it is cheese globs sblobbing and drobbling all over your sweet little face. If you even make it half way through this beast, you can consider your burger-innocence completely and thoroughly BURGERED. And even if you ever do stop making out with the cheese ( i never did), there’s a patty there that never went understated. Made on a grill that has seen its share of San Antonio times, that patty wants you to want it. This place is a staple, a must, a always come back, a best memory for sure.

Chris Madrids Menu

Originally opened as a burger and taco establishment by a University of Texas Marketing graduate in 1977, the tacos were soon phased out by the awesomeness of the burgers. The menu is pretty simple with six headlining burgers that come in two sizes: regular and MACHO. A beastly chicken sandwich, chalupas, nachos and fries round up the menu with a very inviting bar located on the other side of the restaurant.

Chris Madrids Tostada Burger

I went for the regular Cheddar Cheesy minus the onions. While other members of the burger team pledged an undying loyalty to the Tostada Burger. As you can see, eating this burger isn’t a clean event. I was privy to witness my burger comrades eating the Tostada Burger two different ways. The successful method being an approach that treats the burger as a pizza, or perhaps that famous Latin cuisine: Tostada. Kyle Pippin, in a moment of Tostada burger completion ecstasy stated the event was definitely “Intercourse inducing” (weirdly true). While the fries are subpar, I’ve had encounters with the nachos that are other wordly.

Cheddar Cheezy

There’s always a line. You might always have to have half your party scouting for a table while the other half waits in line and orders. There’s an atmosphere that tells you you’re eating somewhere that means something to San Antonians. And it does. The burgers do. A section on the Chris Madrid’s site allows for personal stories. There you’ll find 98 stories of testament to the institution. You need to go eat at Chris Madrids. EAT IT- because it’s a 9. Eat it ’cause your arteries want it.

Chris Madrid’s Nachos and Burgers
1900 Blanco Rd
San Antonio, TX 78212

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Written on February 20th, 2010. 2 Comments

New York Burger Tour 2010

I <3 New York...BURGERS! A quick break to New York last week afforded me the lifetime opportunity of inhaling burgers made by those dang yankees.

Five Guys

My first burger stop was a chain that is expanding wildly and tastily. Five Guys Burger and Fries is the proprietor of one of my favorite burgers (Slagosaurus, we were gonna get married and make out all the time together, but then i ate him) and although the San Antonio Five Guys at the Quarry was a bit of a disappointment, I still had fond memories. As my first burger in New York, I give it thumbs up up up and up. Twas delicious and I stand by my recommendation to one and all.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack. A burger place that has it’s own iPhone app, deserves it. This burger felt great going down, fresh, organic, and simple. In a big concrete town, this burger makes you feel at home. Crinkle cut fries are absolutely delicious. Shake Shack gets thumbs up, hands down, it’s too legit.

POPBurger

And here comes another fast food chain lounge, wait, what? Lounge? Pop Burger is the answer to your need to be too New York cool and still satisfy my burger craving needs. Why? Because it’s a pop culture cool lounge that serves drinks and gets freaky, and it also serves little pops of burgers. I say watch out, those onion rings are not right. But every other poppin’ thing is just that- POP! Burger!

JG MELON

And now a New York upper east side establishment that keeps the yups on a comin’, J.G. Melon. The first thing I smelt in this place, the bar-b-que sauce. It smelt like sex. I infact twittered, while waiting the 45 minute wait in the ultra-cramp spaced: “Waiting@ jg melon for a table. Burgers smell like bacon/cheese/BBQ sauce & beef met @ a gay club and got weird w/ eachother. In a good way.” And it did! And all the tight warm space and the suits and the ritz and whatever else was totally worth it because that burger was sooooo rad. Added a side bbq sauce and got busy. Yelp has it listed as a $$ ( that’s a double chaching), and i guess it is, but man that sauce was spectacular and this burger in this fine New York establishment won my heartbelly.

Other than the burgers there wasn’t too many great things in New York and so I’d really suggest just going for the burgers. YEAH RIGHT. Go to New York and EAT IT in that glorious beautiful awesome place! or else.

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Written on February 9th, 2010. 6 Comments

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers – San Antonio, Texas

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Alas the doublecheeseblogger returns from the busy nothing of life! Everyone listen to me, today in the soggy drip of the day I headed to Freddy’s the frozen custard and steakburger fast food dive on Potranco. I would like to give you a delicious report on the tasty steakburger, however I was a little disappointed in the thinness of the patty. I could barely taste the ground beef surrounded by all the toppings. I had ordered the California Burger combo, a single patty (bad decision) with onions, tomato, lettuce, Freddy’s special sauce (tasted like thousand island), and cheese. All those ingredients overpowered the thin patty. I think it was delicious, in a double patty burger I’m pretty sure it would be great, however the burger in a single number is no bueno.

Freddy's Fries

The fries are anorexic thin but darn it they aren’t addictive. Throw some seasoned salt on those skinny little potato bits or don’t you’ll find yourself inhaling them all. Would I go back, I guess. I’d definitely try a bigger burger and add some bacon, but it’s not the first burger chain to come to mind when I’m jonesing for some cheesy beef goodness. Eat it? I guess.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
8843 Potranco
San Antonio, TX 78245
(210) 520-2436

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Written on September 24th, 2009. 2 Comments

Mooyah Burgers & Fries – Austin, Texas

Mooyah Burgers and Fries

Mooyah Burgers is a doppelganger of a burger joint. It teeters on being some alternate universe version of Five Guys. The concept is the same with a few minus and plus signs. The plus is that there are cheese options: swiss, American, and cheddar; and there are a few interesting sauces that come up. The minus is that there aren’t any green peppers. For some reason that’s a big minus for me. Another frightening thing is the intense freedom. The cheeses, the toppings, gaaaaah, i don’t know if I can take it.

Mooyah Swiss Burger

And I couldn’t. I made a mistake. My burger idea was beautiful, it would have been the envy of all burgers. It was supposed to be a fresh concept with swiss cheese and lettuce, and (here it is) if i just had those green peppers maybe it would’ve worked, maybe. But instead, my swiss cheese and special sauce (thousand island) kind of made me feel weird. Sick weird. Another strange thing is that they go on about their special bun, but I don’t know if I noticed anything particulary special about it. I did get a strawberry shake with my burger that pleased me to every extent. But the swiss-special sauce thing made it weird. again. So I say go to Mooyah, the service there is pretty nice, and the shakes are delicious, all the ingredients are fresh. My only disclaimer is BEWARE of your decision making!!! and EAT IT.

Mooyah Burgers & Fries
9070 Research Blvd.
Suite 303
Austin, TX 78758
Phone: (512) 380-0990
Hours: 11am-10pm, 7 days a week

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Written on April 14th, 2009. Comments Off on Mooyah Burgers & Fries – Austin, Texas

Longhorn Cafe Icehouse & Grill

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A real Texas backyard burger is a beautiful thing. Bar-b-ques fire up, the summer heat beats down, and the sweetest sound is patties grilling. My mouth salivates like a trick pony waiting for that sweet patty to come off the grill and land in my belly. At the Longhorn Cafe in San Antonio, TX patrons get to enjoy that great feeling. What greets hot Texans at the door is a long row of ice cold bins filled with soda pops (and for the extremely thirsty patrons, ice cold beer). The sound of the grill is right behind the counter, feet away, and the smell of that delicious patty calls me. I ordered the Provolone Burger and as an appetizer the bean and cheese nachos.

Nachos at the Longhorn Cafe

On that note I need to let Cheeseburger lovers know: order the nachos with caution and extreme hunger on your side. These nachos are extremely delicious, doused in a perfect amount of cheese and beans. Try to stop yourself from eating ’em and you’ll hate yourself.

Provolone Buger at the Longhorn Cafe

Now the main act. There’s nothing exceedingly special about the Provolone Burger. No special sauce, no special topping to enhance the flavors of the yaddayaddaya. Just a burger with a nice slice of provolone cheese. And that’s all it needed. The burger was the same idea I’ve seen over and over again. Only this burger was a little different. All the fresh ingredients, the cool tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and a bun toasted on the grill with all the delicious flavors of the patty just seasoned in it made something different. The meat is packed into a delicious patty that doesn’t overwhelm diners and definitely pleases with every bite. There’s a poise in the burger, every bite as delicious as the previous and never failing to contain every ingredient. The tots I ordered were exceptionally delicious and I couldn’t have asked for a better meal. My only regret is that I didn’t eat the whole thing. It would take a a vast empty hunger to take on the Longhorn Cafe’s well composed and very filling cheeseburgers. The next time I dine at the Longhorn Cafe I’m showin’ up ready to Eat It all and so should you.

Longhorn Cafe Icehouse & Grill
23775 W Ih 10
San Antonio, TX 78257
(210) 698-7766

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Written on April 10th, 2009. 8 Comments

Top Notch Hamburgers – Austin, Texas

Top Notch Hamburgers - CHEESE

There isn’t much new I can tell you about Top Notch on Burnet Rd in Austin, TX. Nothing has really changed there since the 70s. However, why would you want to change something that is so right. Charbroiled burgers, golden onion rings that are not the least bit greasy, a steady amount of regular patrons that give the place its own Texas seasoning, and a decor to match your favorite Texas steakhouse three decades ago make Top Notch an interesting experience before you’ve even ordered your burger. The biggest impression is left by the sweet charbroil aroma that fills the atmosphere of the restaurant. Knowing that anything this place serves up is gonna be as delicious as it’s conviction to decor I ordered the Longhorn Special.

Top Notch Hamburgers - Longhorn Special

This double meat, special sauce, lettuce, tomato, onions (not on mine), and cheese burger, add bacon hit home. It had an all American feel. There was an amount of care and pride in the burger. The Stanish family has been running this business for decades and they love what they do and it shows. The cheese was melted perfectly and the bacon was cooked to perfection. The special sauce mingling with the lettuce and tomato gave the burger a fresh taste that let the two patties be delicious and not overwhelming. It has been said over a hundred times and I can only concur that Top Notch is serving one of the absolute best burgers in Austin. My onion rings were some of the best I’ve had. Not greasy, just golden and perfectly ketchup dippable.

Top Notch Hamburgers - Onion RIngs

Top Notch has had its share of celebrity. If you’ve ever seen the Linklater hit “Dazed and Confused” then you’ve seen Top Notch’s big screen debut. Local artists have also taken some inspiration from the diner such as Jennifer Balkan and George Boutwell. It is a staple in the Austin community. A place that values pride and Americana. James Stanish, who began working at Top Notch for 50 cents an hour as a bus boy when he was 12, took over the business after his father. Stanish sadly passed away this past November, however a legacy has been left behind of quality service and product. Please go EAT IT and enjoy a burger that is quite possibly burger perfection.

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

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Written on March 31st, 2009. 8 Comments

Mighty Fine: Burgers, Fries, & Shakes – Austin, Texas

Mighty Fine Logo

Rudy’s Bar-b-que has decided to branch off from the brisket and sausage game and make something else I could eat all day every day: burgers.  Mighty Fine: Burgers, Fries, and Shakes is into quality.  They ground and hand form their burgers in the store daily and cut and crinkle their potatoes to make fresh delicious crinkle fries.  Although the menu is pretty simple, the burgers pack an intersting and delicious taste.   

Might Fine Hamburgers

I ordered the Jr. Cheeseburger (one 1/4 patty) with yeller, red, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and no onions! I inhaled it and knew I need to order the double patty next time.  It was pretty darn good.  Nothing outrageously spectacualr just a nice little burger. Organized and not as messy as some of my favorite burgers (Five Guys), pleasant because it strives to do the best it can at all the simple and great things.  The flavors in the burger punch in an iconic burger component way.  Lettuce shows up fresh as ever.  Tomato is thick cut and ready to party.  Pickle is thick and sprinkled about each bite adding the extra sour kick.  I maybe could have used more cheese, but I’m a double cheese kid and can’ get enough of the stuff.  There are beverage troughs much like Rudy’s Bar-B-Que and the hand dipped shakes and fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade make it seem like a burger at your town summer fair.  The white and blue checkered table covers and the cafeteria seating are fun.  Mighty Fine has been getting business from all over Austin. And I can understand why, they’re simply delicious. EAT IT

Mighty Fine: Burgers, Fries, & Shakes
10515 N MO Pac Expy, Ste 105
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 524-2400

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Written on March 28th, 2009. 4 Comments

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