So, I decided to move up my schedule and try out Al's Texas Chili & Burgers today. It's the place that occupies the old Rolando's Tacos & Deli on West Main (across and down a bit from KFC).
Well, all I can say is what a downgrade from the previous occupier. Al's is just plain bad. Enough said.
I figured I'd try what seemed to be most logical on the menu, since it would give me a baseline for the place. So I ordered a Texas burger with onions and chili. I had some hopes that maybe I would get a great chili burger like what I grew up on from Tommy Burger's in California. Big disappointment.
But I knew the place was doomed when I walked in. The guy taking the orders and working the cashier (teenager) is also the cook. Not that I doubt that youngsters can cook, but, well, I do. And when he reached in the fridge to grab a pre-formed patty and peeled the packaging off, I knew the place was doomed.
The burger was a very thin, dull, incredibly boring patty on a stale bun. The chili had some spice but was very uninteresting and unflavorful. The whole burger consisted of the stale bun, boring patty and a bit of chopped onion. Come on guys, my 3 year old cooks better than that.
The place does advertise fried chicken. Maybe that would be better. But, after this experience, I'd rather take my chances at KFC a block up the road.
So, the assessment is... don't go. It isn't worth it. In fact, it's just plain bad.
Let's hope the defense on this court case fares better...