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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.


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  1. Also saw a Carl's Jr sign at 1898 Ranch, on 1431 in Cedar Park.

    1. Are these open yet? I miss their curly fries. I looked it up on their store locator, but the closest one to Austin that they have listed is in San Antonio.

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      1. re: chowin

        If Carl's Jr is coming to Austin, is it possible that In-N-Out Burger isn't far behind. One can only hope.

      2. Isn't it Carls JR that had the infamous Paris Hilton car washin', burger eatin' commercial?

        I am rather fascinated by the sudden proliferation of burger joints. Is it a sign of the economic times, or just a fad?

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        1. re: Ashforth

          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.

          1. re: scrumptiouschef


            You got back to Top Notch just in the nick of time there Chef. Considering the unfortunate passing of the restaurant's owner last week, it's doubtful that they will be open anytime soon.

        2. 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.

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          1. re: redhatcharm

            Not sure if I saw the same place or not, but on my way back from Houston going on 71 through Bastrop, I did see a Carl's Jr building up. I don't think it was open yet. Also saw another one down south 35 on the way to San Marcos.

            1. re: chowin

              The Carl's in San Marcos is reportedly open. The one on Slaughter should open soon. They're still waiting for me to manufacture something for their restaurant, and it won't pass inspection without these things. Should open right after Christmas, I'm guessing.

          2. It opened yesterday from what I'm told at 608 (?) W. Slaughter. I'll check it out tomorrow. The fries I had at Five Guys on Friday were fantastic, the burger OK. Carl's is supposed to have hand-cut fries as well so I'll see.

            1. 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.

              1. 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.