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ChristineR Sep 8, 2007 07:49 AM

So, finally decided to give in and try out the burger at Hut's. For some reason, the burger was exectly what I expected- totally unimpressive. Still, I was surprised at the lack of flavor, boring bun and overall blah-ness. I did have a burger at Chili's recently that was darn good! The meat was perfectly charred, the bun was great. Laugh all you want, but it was yummy.

Why does Hut's continue to win so much praise?

Oh, and the fries were sad too.

  1. amysuehere Sep 8, 2007 08:52 AM

    Mostly because of the length of time it's been around and it was one of the only games in town for a while. Personally, if you're going "institution" I like Dirty's much better. Hut's is basically for the touristas

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      Merry113 Sep 8, 2007 10:22 AM

      Hut's is/was one of my favorites b/c they have great onion rings. I can allow lots of leeway on burgers but I need good onion rings. :)

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        nosh Sep 18, 2007 10:58 PM

        Have been to Hut's several times visiting family in Austin and gotta say it has a fun vibe. But the burgers are mediocre and the highly-touted onion rings are exactly the opposite of what I like. Hut's has big, wide, highly corn-battered honking onion rings -- crispy, yes, but the huge onion rounds come out almost raw and the coating is thick. I much prefer a thinner onion with a more liquid, delicate, almost tempura-like batter where the onion gets cooked and even caramelized a bit.

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        whoalilponie Sep 8, 2007 11:39 AM

        I have to agree with you, I'd love to love Hut's and have given them multiple opportunities and they just aren't good, dry, flavorless, they consistently overcook and the fries are horrible. For my money give me Casino el Camino, the Tavern or Jo's, all have much, much better burgers tha Huts.

        1. Knoblauch Sep 8, 2007 05:51 PM

          As a rule, I'd say Hut's hardly gets any love from 'hounds who post regularly. Someone usually chimes in to mention the place when there is a thread on burgers or shakes or the like, but they seem to have gotten in the habit of going there when they or their children were UT students. It really does not seem to be a tourist hangout, especially given the dearth of hotels in the neighborhood.

          It's probably the best burger joint within 5 blocks, but a Chowhound with bus fare would be better off at CeC or Top Notch.

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          1. re: Knoblauch
            Aggiegirl1998 Sep 9, 2007 09:39 AM

            I Must say, though... I appreciate that they have a buffalo burger option that is slightly healthier than the ground beef they use (I am sure). Does anyone know any where else that they serve a buffalo burger?

            thanks!

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              pankofish Sep 9, 2007 06:42 PM

              Great point! They have buffalo (Thunderheart) and grassfed beef options for those that don't care for some CAFO poo-meat, and for this I will always be a customer.

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            foodiegal71 Sep 9, 2007 12:10 PM

            I have to agree about Hut's. It's just not good. However, I love a Theta burger (Johnnie's Charbroiler in OKC wins that award though), and Hut's is the only one I've ever found in town. I tried the veggie burger there the other day and it tasted like sand. Not a good taste for sure.

            Other than Casino though, I have yet to find a really great burger in Austin.

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              achtungpv Sep 9, 2007 12:13 PM

              I personally don't understand why people rave about their onion rings. They're fine but I want the majority of my ring to be onion not batter.

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              1. re: achtungpv
                MPH Sep 9, 2007 12:20 PM

                Many good burger choices—but not Hut's—are discussed on this thread:

                Great Burger—from Jun 08, 2007
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/409353

                There are some interesting discussions on onion rings (and burgers again) in this thread:

                AUS: Need Great Rings—from Feb 21, 2007
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/373316

                I also prefer a high onion-to-batter ratio on onion rings, by the way, especially when most batter is so darn bland. I had some very good rings at Big'z in San Antonio, which I posted about on the Texas board. You might want to check them out if you're in S.A.

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                Senge Sep 12, 2007 05:01 AM

                Hut's was great when I moved here 17 years ago, but has gone waaaay downhill since. The last time I ate there my burger was dry and tasteless, I'll stick to Dan's or Dirty's.

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                  renz Feb 26, 2008 12:55 PM

                  I wish I'd checked this before going out this afternoon. Initially I wanted a Chili's burger but we had remembered hearing about Huts and decided to try it out. I feel ripped off, as the burgers, fries, and onion rings were all terrible and lunch for 2 was $30. Didn't stay around long enough to try the shakes.

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