For work, I recently had the unpleasant assignment of staying near the Market District in Austin, TX. I instantly fell in love with this pleasingly hip, yet old fashioned town. Perhaps it was the Southern hospitality mixed with a good dose tolerant modernism; but whatever the reason, it was the perfect blend.
On one of my evening walks to the neighborhood Fresh Market, a pleasing aroma filled my nostrils. It was as if my nose was swimming in a pool of charred beef and bacon. I couldn't pin it source, and so I wrote it off as a backyard cookout.
The next evening I was walking through the same neighborhood, and the smell hit again. But unlike my previous encounter with this illusive redolence, I was lucky enough to pinpoint its origin.
It was coming from a classic art deco building festooned in neon lights, with a large sign proclaiming "Hut's Hamburgers."
|Photo courtesy of Stephen Rushmore from Roadfood.com|
As I would soon find out, the joint opened in 1939 and has been a local hotspot ever since. The well-worn exterior is like something from a period flick and the interior buzzes with good conversations and laughter from the well served patrons.
For my meal I ordered "Tuby's Tickler," a flat top grilled beef patty, topped with chili, jalapenos, and shredded cheese, and served with fries ($5.75-burger, $2.50-fries). I found the jalapenos to be a little overpowering, but I'm not from Texas. The burger was cooked to perfection with a charred exterior and a medium-rare center. The fries were crispy and deliciously seasoned. I would have liked to try their one of their shakes, but unfortunately I was stuffed.
This isn't a fancy joint, and while lacks in sophistication has plenty of panache (irony intended). If you're ever in Austin, have a few minutes, and feel like a burger, then head to Hut's. It may not be the "Shake Shack," but for a "Hut" it's pretty darn tasty!
Eat good food. Drink good beer. And above all, stay classy!