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Gabbi's

Ken W | Apr 18, 2007 12:24 PM

A new place just opened in the Burnet / Duval area called Gabbi's Burgers n Dogs ( it's in that little shopping area where Gracy Farms runs into Burnet/Mopac - same place as Mangia's and Taco Deli ). I'm betting MPH hasn't been here yet - since it opened just this week. The name of the place pretty much sums up the menu, burgers and dogs, although they do have a salad option and something called a fried pizza. This is strictly a lunch spot - open Monday - Sat, 11 - 3.

Swung in today and grabbed a hamburger to go. The price for all the burgers and dogs is $6.95, that includes your choice of fries, onion rings, or a salad.

I got the standard burger with onion rings. Not too bad at all. The style of the burger reminds me of Phil's on Burnet - about the same size, with the large, square soft bun and generous portions. The burger was cooked to medium-well, but wasn't dried out and had a slightly sweet bbq sauce on it. Included were substantial (but not too thick) slices of tomatoes - which were actually red (not slightly pink), romaine lettuce and dill pickles. All in all, a really good burger (note: I have not tried Casino El Camino).

The onion rings were really good. They're the standard beer batter style rings, cut to the right thickness (not too thick), weren't over breaded, and despite the fact I got them to go were still quite crisp. Plus, there was a lot of them.

Which brings me to the another point. As mentioned above, the portions on everything were generous. It's a decent sized burger, and the patty isn't swallowed by the bun, and there were more onion rings than I could eat. For $6.95, it was a lot of food. I saw them bring the salad to the table and it was pretty big.

I talked to a couple of other people eating there, and they both really liked the food. Chatted with the owner (Jeff) for a few moments - he's owned a catering business for about 10 years. He decided to base his catering operations at this new place and open a small lunch spot as part of the business (restaurant out the front, catering out the back).

I'll swing by again next week and try one of the dogs and report back.

Like I said, haven't been to Casino el Camino, but for those people who work in the Burnet / Duval area, first impressions are this looks to be a pretty good lunch option.

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