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Austin's Top Ten Old-School Burger Joints, Mapped

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Yesterday Eater Austin celebrated fifteen of the city's best new burgers, but before the Mats, Davids and Andrews of the city started upping the gourmet burger game, there were the classics.

Continuing our week-long celebration of all things hamburger, Eater Austin has mapped out the city's top ten old-school burger joints.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dirty Martin's Place

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2808 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-3173
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Standing at the gateway to West Campus, Dirty Martin's opened in 1926 with its signature car hop (horse hop?) service. A concrete floor wasn't poured until 1951—hence the "Dirty's" name—and now the building includes an indoor dining room and a patio rammed with U.T. students during key sporting events. The Martin's burger recipe hasn't changed in years; if you want to know what an Austin burger tasted like in 1926, head to Dirty Martin's in 2013.

2. Night Hawk Frisco Shop

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6801 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 459-6279
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The Frisco is the last remaining outpost of Austin's classic Night Hawk diners; it's a greasy spoon for the ages. From the piled-high jalapeno bacon cheeseburger or a classic Famous Frisco burger, there's a reason they've been serving Austin for sixty meaty years.

3. Dan's Hamburgers

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5602 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 459-3239
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Each burger at forty-year-old local chain Dan's takes exactly eight minutes to make, from order to service.

4. Top Notch

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7525 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 452-2181
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A trip to Top Notch, opened by Ray and Frances Stanish in 1971, is a trip back in time where burgers are an astounding $3.59 (You might also recognize the joint from Dazed And Confused.)

5. Chumikal's Cafe

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3223 E 7th St
Austin, TX
Dan's Hamburgers veterans Mike and Margarita Raupe opened the first incarnation of Chu-Mikal's in South Austin in 1989, but demand for their burgers quickly necessitated a move to a bigger location on East Seventh Street. A Chu-Mikal's burger will run you all of $3.39, and the family atmosphere is priceless.

6. Hill's Cafe

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4700 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 851-9300
Hill's Cafe has been a South Austin staple since 1947, and the burgers are a big part of why generations of Austinites keep coming back. But it's not resting on its classic laurels: new ownership, is expanding the restaurant's hours and service in hopes of sticking around another half-century or so.

7. Sandy's Hamburgers

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603 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 478-6322
Sandy's is a Barton Springs Road icon, serving no-frills burgers and killer frozen custard, made with a hearty helping of nostalgia. Bring the kids, and bring cash.

8. Hut's Hamburgers

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807 W. 6th St.
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-0693
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Longing for the downtown Austin of yesteryear? Built in 1939, the location that now houses Hut's Hamburgers has seen days as a drive-in, a lounge and a Tex-Mex restaurant; it became Hut's, which originally started on South Congress, in 1969. You can't go wrong with any of their twenty specialty burgers, but Eater prefers the Hut's Favorite, topped with bacon.

9. Players

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300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-9299
Time may be running out to grab a thin-patty burger from Players, as the University of Texas is poised to grab up the thirty-plus year-old property and turn it into, sigh, a parking lot.

10. Hill-Bert's Burgers

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7211 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 452-2317
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Branches of the Maldonado family own all three locations of Hill-Bert's, which originally opened on North Lamar in 1973. The current locations? Are all renovated Taco Bells. Insert joke about thinking outside the bun here. [Photo: jj look/flickr]

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1. Dirty Martin's Place

2808 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705
Standing at the gateway to West Campus, Dirty Martin's opened in 1926 with its signature car hop (horse hop?) service. A concrete floor wasn't poured until 1951—hence the "Dirty's" name—and now the building includes an indoor dining room and a patio rammed with U.T. students during key sporting events. The Martin's burger recipe hasn't changed in years; if you want to know what an Austin burger tasted like in 1926, head to Dirty Martin's in 2013.
2808 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705

2. Night Hawk Frisco Shop

6801 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78757
The Frisco is the last remaining outpost of Austin's classic Night Hawk diners; it's a greasy spoon for the ages. From the piled-high jalapeno bacon cheeseburger or a classic Famous Frisco burger, there's a reason they've been serving Austin for sixty meaty years.
6801 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757

3. Dan's Hamburgers

5602 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Each burger at forty-year-old local chain Dan's takes exactly eight minutes to make, from order to service.
5602 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

4. Top Notch

7525 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78757
A trip to Top Notch, opened by Ray and Frances Stanish in 1971, is a trip back in time where burgers are an astounding $3.59 (You might also recognize the joint from Dazed And Confused.)
7525 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757

5. Chumikal's Cafe

3223 E 7th St, Austin, TX
Dan's Hamburgers veterans Mike and Margarita Raupe opened the first incarnation of Chu-Mikal's in South Austin in 1989, but demand for their burgers quickly necessitated a move to a bigger location on East Seventh Street. A Chu-Mikal's burger will run you all of $3.39, and the family atmosphere is priceless.
3223 E 7th St
Austin, TX

6. Hill's Cafe

4700 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745
Hill's Cafe has been a South Austin staple since 1947, and the burgers are a big part of why generations of Austinites keep coming back. But it's not resting on its classic laurels: new ownership, is expanding the restaurant's hours and service in hopes of sticking around another half-century or so.
4700 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78745

7. Sandy's Hamburgers

603 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704
Sandy's is a Barton Springs Road icon, serving no-frills burgers and killer frozen custard, made with a hearty helping of nostalgia. Bring the kids, and bring cash.
603 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

8. Hut's Hamburgers

807 W. 6th St., Austin, TX 78703
Longing for the downtown Austin of yesteryear? Built in 1939, the location that now houses Hut's Hamburgers has seen days as a drive-in, a lounge and a Tex-Mex restaurant; it became Hut's, which originally started on South Congress, in 1969. You can't go wrong with any of their twenty specialty burgers, but Eater prefers the Hut's Favorite, topped with bacon.
807 W. 6th St.
Austin, TX 78703

9. Players

300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78701
Time may be running out to grab a thin-patty burger from Players, as the University of Texas is poised to grab up the thirty-plus year-old property and turn it into, sigh, a parking lot.
300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701

10. Hill-Bert's Burgers

7211 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
Branches of the Maldonado family own all three locations of Hill-Bert's, which originally opened on North Lamar in 1973. The current locations? Are all renovated Taco Bells. Insert joke about thinking outside the bun here. [Photo: jj look/flickr]
7211 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757

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