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Austin Burger Smackdown!

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Austin Burger Smackdown!

tom in austin | Apr 1, 2009 07:36 PM

Burgers. I've been eating them a lot recently, probing the depths of what is and what can be, and trying not to pay attention to conventional wisdom on the subject. Removing prohibitions on venues for all reasons, who serves the tastiest burger? At the inflection point of good, fast, cheap, who is doing the best job?

Who is in the running? Casino el Camino looms over the field, but with mixed results; they're undeniably erratic, sometimes serving juicy greatness and periodically posting up dry, gray disks of despair.

So, Austin! The year is 2009, and we have more options then ever. No limits, no rules, who offers the Best Burger In Town? And who offers the Golden Paretoburger, the burger that is most delicious for the price-convenience index?

I've recently surveyed the following multiple times and will be releasing rankings, but want to get the ball rolling for the brainstorm must-visit list. I do not want to miss any burger in town that is pretty-good-or-better.

Sullivan's
Wink
Five Guys
Casino
Artz
Fuddrucker's
Carl's Jr.
Culver's
P. Terry's
Short Stop
Mighty Fine
Jackalope
Whataburger
Galaxy Cafe
Z Tejas
Red Robin
Cheesecake Factory
Houston's
(and several sleepers I'll retain... for now.)

The only rule: must be in Austin city limits (sorry Poodie's et al). Local joints preferred, but we shouldn't miss chains if they are meritorious. Leave no good burger unturned! So what is missing from the list? Fuego's? Trio? Make sure I don't miss a single worthy location as I eat my way to the cardiologist. My current rankings are guaranteed to surprise and shock the Chowarati!

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