Everybody needs a favorite burger.
In Amarillo, we had a favorite burger – or two. One family spot we frequented had a counter where you placed your order and they wrote down your name. After you found your table, you patiently waited until the familiar words rang out on the sound system for all the patrons to hear: Brenda, YOUR BUNS ARE UP. All the middleschoolers in our pack thought that was great fun.
In Austin, when it’s time for a burger (and somehow, we all just know when it’s time, don’t we?), we make a mad dash to the nearest P.Terry’s Burger Stand. With 14 locations, we’ve never had to go very far for a 100% real beef, never been frozen, cheeseburger on a wheat bun – with real Idaho potato-fries, of course. Even the ketchup at P.Terry’s tastes a little above the norm.
When we moved to Austin, we Googled-around, looking for all the best burgers. From 17 Burgers to Eat Right Now in Austin to 25 Burgers to Eat Before You Die, there’s no shortage of burger business or best-burger-bravado.
Photo of Jacoby’s Just Casual Burger from Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile
Photo of the Wagyu Brisket Burger from Vince Young Steakhouse’s
Do you prefer a quiet spot or a busy location?
It just depends on what you’re looking for. Do you want to enjoy a burger at quiet happy hour (Vince Young’s Wagu Brisket Burger is fantastic) OR gather a group of friends for a one-and-only Hopdoddy Burger Bar experience on South Congress?
How about a drive through?
Some nights, maybe you’d prefer to drive through a P.Terry’s Burger Stand after work, snitch a few hot fries out of the bag on the way home, slip into your house britches, turn on America’s Got Talent and eat with your favorite guy?
That’s mostly why P.Terry’s Burger Stand is our favorite burger. Not only is it truly delicious, and not only do we love eating one while watching our favorite weeknight shows, but it’s just convenient and fast (without tasting fast-food-ish).
And if you want to actually eat it outside on a 108 degree day when everyone else was smart enough to go inside, you can enjoy the turquoise tables that match P.Terry’s turquoise drink cups. I love turquoise.
I’m glad we’ve found our new favorite spot to grab an old American favorite in Austin. Everybody just needs a favorite burger to make it feel like home.
Encouraging intentional adventure and, of course, your very own favorite burger,