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Good burger in Arboretum area

Where can I get a decent burger in the Arboretum area? I don't particularly like Mighty Fine (they're OK. not Mighty Fine), and Mooyah Burgers is just OK too. Mostly all we have is fast food joints in the area. This whole area is sorely in need of decent restaurants (and I don't mean restaurants that you need a federal bailout to pay for).

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  1. Have you tried the burger at Houston's on Anderson Lane? A chain, I know, but they get it right. Nice lightly toasted sesame seed bun, medium thick patty cooked to order (medium rare is terrific), good fries to accompany.

    1. I find that The Hideout Pub (MoPac on the southbound side btwn Duval and Parmer) has a decent burger. They do have sweet buns which I know some don't care for, but the burger is cooked to order. Also would describe it as a medium thick patty. The fries are hit or miss.

      1. I agree with the rec for Houston's, but also love the house special burger at the North by Northwest brewery.

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        North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
        10010 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78759

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        1. re: judiftx1

          Houston's and North by Northwest have both quite good for the neighborhood you are asking about. I haven't had the NXNW burger in quite some time but Houston's does a medium rare burger the right way!

          If you like the skinny burgers, there is Top Notch for a yummy charcoal burger and Waterloo for a burger joint burger. They aren't bad but Waterloo is pretty inconsistent.

          1. re: judiftx1

            I had the one at NXNW yesterday at lunch. It was good, but I wouldn't say great; it was not charred at all and needed more cheese. I looked at Houston's menu, but can't imagine a $14 burger; it had better be sensational for that price! Still, I will probably give it a try one of these days.

          2. Bone Daddy's. Don't laugh - seriously. They have a kickass burger.
            It's just a few minutes north of the Arboretum.
            We jokingly call it "Hooters BBQ".
            I took my wife there for the first time last week, and she gave me a few eye rolls about the waitresses (yes, they wear skimpy outfits), but the burgers are rockin.

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            1. re: gsherman

              I actually have to second this. If you can get past the atmosphere, the burger is quite good, and they cook it to order. Not too many places will do Medium Rare for you.

            2. burgers are good at houstons and no way they are $14.fast food wise culvers makes a good burger too for a no frills place.

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              1. re: nytexan

                Yeah, a cheeseburger there is $13. Plus tax, that's approaching $14.

                1. re: nytexan

                  OK, so I was off $1. Still, a cheeseburger for $13 is a little steep.

                  1. re: danny_w

                    It is expensive but well worth it. And the $14 dollars is because its a hamburger made out of ground ribeye steak.