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In The Buns

the only reason i heard about this place was a localiter deal the other day.
apparently, i've been passing it by when out on errands.
it's at lake creek and 183, in the plaza with the HEB and 24 hour fitness.
and, it's right next to los reyes, but they only have a banner so it's easy to miss.
it used to be the NYC style pizza place that went out of business a while back.

the decor was off-putting.
there is chain-link fence surrounding the grill area.
the tables are waaaaay too small for the 4-top they want to be.
and there are some hideous metal sculptures protruding from the tables.
they are not really using their space and layout wisely, but maybe that will change.

but, it's really about the food.

there is a real lack of decent burger options in the area.
moonie's, to me, is awful, and i can't understand why people like them.
i heard this place is from the screaming goat people, but i didn't see anything verifying that.

despite the goofy name, this is a flavorful burger with a nice char.
they put the cheese inside, so it's in essence a "stuffed" burger.
the bun was not too sweet (i know some people hate that).
it was griddled and shone proudly with a slight sheen of butter.
the veg came on the side, to keep them crisp and fresh:
butter lettuce (nice touch), onion, (red!) tomatoes, and a few pickle chips.

the combo is quite a good deal at $8.50 compared to a la carte prices:
choose any style burger, any side, and a fountain soda.

you get a lot of options:
patties include not just beef, but ground turkey, chicken breast, tilapia, portobello, and veg burger.
buns include white, wheat, or gluten free.
the set-ups include frito-pie and a fajita choices in addition to your usual suspects.
the sides run from onion rings, fries, cheese fries, and sweet potato fries.

today, i went with the bacon bleu.
the bleu cheese was inside, and so each bite of beef had a taste of cheese.
i didn't have to worry about it sliding off or sticking to the bun.
the bacon was two pieces, freshly fried so they were nice and hot and crispy.
there was also a cajuny remoulade of some sort, which gave it a nice kick.
my side was the onion rings, and it was a very generous portion considering it was the combo.
it came in its own basket, and were not too thick both in onion slices or breading, which i hate.

the fountain drinks are really special:
in addition to dublin dr. pepper, they have 5 maine root flavors, too.
i had a little of the "pink drink" (tasty cactus lemonade) and then some cream soda.

next, i wanna try the mushroom swiss.

this place is on the way to so many places where i run errands.
so, i am sure i will be hitting it again.
and, i told some of my co-workers.
i'm hoping it stays around.

here is a pic.
there were more onion rings; i just couldn't help myself.

 
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  1. In addition to a compelling description of the food that makes me want to give it a try, I have to say I enjoyed your e e cummings-esque prose.

    1. Yes indeed - our local mailbox newspaper had a small article detailing the origins. My first thought was "REALLY? Another burger place within 5 miles???" but your write-up makes it sound fascinating. Guess we'll be hitting it up soon!

      1. Okay, went for lunch, and...you were spot on!

        The "4-tops" look to be the same size as the regular tables. I rather liked the 'metal art' on the tables (they are metal 'roses' and the leaves and petals are made of spoons and forks) and serve as a nice hanger for order numbers. The decor wasn't anything special otherwise.

        I ordered the bleu cheese bacon with onion rings as well, although accepted the turkey burger when offered. When it was brought to the table, the guy knew it hadn't been made correctly (made with cheddar instead)...he asked if he could get it fixed. At first I declined, but he said he could 'make it better' and asked if I'd like to try it with the chipotle ranch sauce, as well as bleu cheese crumbles. He took it back to the kitchen and was back in seconds.

        Let me tell you, that was one of the tastiest burgers I've had in forever. The burger itself was juicy and flavorful, the veggies where fresh and crisp, the bacon was freshly fried, thick cut and cooked to perfection. And that chipotle ranch sauce was the 'icing' on the bun! The onion rings were not to my taste (they need just a little pepper) but were cooked perfectly and practically melted in the mouth.

        Husband ordered a plain turkey cheeseburger and curly fries. He ate all of it and said "That was a good." which for him is the highest food praise possible.

        It was moderately busy for a Sunday afternoon and we plan to eat there somewhat regularly so hopefully it will stay around.

        1. I went last week and had the bleu cheese bacon burger. Mine had very, very little bleu cheese, and the fact it was "stuffed" meant I seemed to only get to it in the very middle. That said, I was extremely impressed with the generous amount of smoky thick cut bacon, which as Dina already pointed out, they fried for each burger. I really enjoyed the sweet potato fries and Maine Root soda. I'm sure I'll go back. Oh, and I didn't hate the metal art roses in the middle of the table, but they do obstruct your view of your dining partner... very weird placement.

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          1. re: stephanieh

            thanks to careyana for explaining what the darn sculpture things are for!

            i've never had maine root fountain sodas and wow, they blow coke and pepsi away.

            bummer that you did not get a lot of bleu cheese in your bites.
            wonder if you can request your cheese on top instead?

            the place was totally dead on a saturday afternoon, so i hope the word gets out.
            there is just not a lot nearby, so this is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

          2. A co-worker and I hit it today at lunch. I had a bacon cheeseburger, maine root black cherry soda and some grilled veggies as my side. It was a really nicely done burger, done quickly and well, and I have to also commend the tasty bacon. I'm advocating for this place around my workplace now as it was very quiet there at lunch (Monday though).

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            1. re: cpencis

              Also went for lunch today. I thought the burger was quite delicious (got cheddar burger). Fries were pretty bad--frozen curlies. Sculptures annoying. But burger was good enough to bring me back....and Dublin DP on tap is nice.

              1. re: cstrombe

                maybe the onion rings are the thing to get-- they did not seem frozen.

                1. re: dinaofdoom

                  I saw the cook pulling frozen onion rings out of a big bag when I first walked in :(

                  1. re: cstrombe

                    really?! i am surprised. they did not taste fried. oh well.

              2. re: cpencis

                that soda is so delicious.

                my co-worker and i were also commenting on the grilled veggie option, as it's a nice change of pace.
                what kind of veggies did you get?

                1. re: dinaofdoom

                  My veggies were onions, mushrooms, squash and zucchini done on the griddle / grill. Came very hot and a little watery from the veggies giving up their juice, but were flavorful and made me feel a little better about going for bacon _and_ cheese on my burger. I enjoyed em. I agree that the fries were standard fare curly fries (I wouldn't call them awful... just ubiquitous).