Burgers - Carl's JR in Austin
Long time, no post.....I know. That pesky thing called work (3 jobs currently) has prevented me from posting much in here as of late. But I simply had to make a quick post about my favorite fast food place finally coming to Austin. I know, I know...there are a great many better Burgers in and around Austin. Namely Casino, the Driskill, Poodie's, Houston's and even (shudder) Bone Daddy's. But Carl's JR has a special place in my heart as being a childhoold favorite of mine when I lived in SoCal. I feel especially joyous in that they are building it not even 5 minutes from my house! Anyhoo.....
It's on Slaughter Ln, right between Manchaca and Congress in a small new Business Park.
I doubt if Carl's Jr could be described as jumping onto any sort of trend.It's been around since 1941 and has several hundred locations.All the recent small chain burger joint talk did send me up to Top Notch on Burnet a few days ago.An 80 year old lady took my order and the same cook since LBJ threw the patty on the grill.A bag of Kingsford Charcoal sat right behind the cash register.The food was great.The patty is the thin style but had plenty flavor and edges crisped up from catching on fire from the briquettes.The fries were skinny,blazing hot and nicely salted.Set me back about 5 bucks.
Rumor has it that the small fast food size structure going up in the new shopping center at Hwy 71 and Country Road 304 just west of Bastrop is a Carl's Jr.
Lowe's is only store about to open and then Carl's Jr.s will be next. Structure of building and silver insulation material is all that is up as of today. No signage, just rumor.
I've been there twice in the last week. Here's my review from another list:
Stopped there tonight (1/5/08) and it was packed. Standing room only in the
dining room, and 17 cars in the drive-through - wrapped around the
building and blocking the entrance to the shopping centers from
Great, fresh fries (with skin) and a nicely char-broiled burger with
a little crust, but not overcooked. Medium Drink, medium Fries, and
a Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger was $7.77 (it seems last time I
ate at McDonalds the QP with cheese combo meal was $3.49).
The only thing that irked me was that when I ordered the combo I was
asked, "medium or large?". The posted price was $6.59. That was
for a small, but there was nothing to indicate there were three
sizes of meals, and I wasn't given the option of a "small", just
medium or large.
Carl's Jr signature sandwiches are called "$6 Burgers", which is
supposed to imply that you're getting the equivalent of a burger
you'd pay $6 for at a regular restaurant at a much cheaper price.
Problem is that promotion is almost a decade old and the price of
the $6 Burger is really bordering on $6 at Carl's.
Is is just me or is fast food getting pretty expensive? Since I
hardly ever eat fast food really I notice the steep price increases.
Especially on the combo meals.
Never ate at Carl's Jr until this week. Always passed by it in CA to go to In-n-Out.
Anyway, it tastes like a slightly more sanitary Burger King. The fries look homemade but they have that strange "hollow" texture like fries out of a bag and are devoid of any flavor than vegetable oil.
You can keep it.