Although Dirty Martin's claims to have been serving burgers and beer since 1926, founder John Martin opened the eatery closer to the 1930's, after a blaze claimed his original restaurant venture. The then-named Martin's Place (yep, it wasn't always "dirty") may have switched hands several times throughout the 20th century, but its menu stayed virtually unchanged until 1954, when the restaurant added its current best-sellers: the "O.T. Special", a double meat bacon cheeseburger with mayo, lettuce and tomato, and the "D.H. Special," a hamburger with grilled onions, cheese, tomato and pickle on toast.
Despite some of the publicity (Dirty's was included in Hamburger America, George Motz's guide to America's greatest hamburgers) and famous visitors (UT Longhorns head coach Mack Brown is a fan of the O.T. Special), you can still get a meal here for cheap: a cheeseburger and fries will only set you back $6. But, you may want to get the tater tots instead — they're pretty damn tasty.
· Dirty Martin's Place [Official Site]
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