Continuing our week-long celebration of all things hamburger, Eater Austin has mapped out the city's top ten old-school burger joints.Read More
Austin's Top Ten Old-School Burger Joints, Mapped
1. Dirty Martin's Place
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
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
Each burger at forty-year-old local chain Dan's takes exactly eight minutes to make, from order to service.
4. Top Notch
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
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
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.
7. Sandy's Hamburgers
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.
8. Hut's Hamburgers
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.
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.