But more on that later.
Normally, I am the one who does the dining research. But our recent meal at Classics Burgers and “Moore” in Kerrville, TX that received the #40 spot on Texas Monthly’s list of Texas’ Best Burgers sent Chuck to that magazine’s website. And what did he find? He found than #38 on the list could be found here in Bastrop. So we are taking a break from history for lunch at The Roadhouse.
“Since April 2004, the Roadhouse, a Bastrop, Texas grill, has placed a priority on old fashioned quality and old fashioned service to match the old fashioned decor of the building. Success soon followed as word spread about the great food being served…
“Within six months of opening…the readers of the Bastrop Advertiser voted the Roadhouse as having the best hamburgers in the entire Bastrop County! They have continued to bestow that honor on the Roadhouse every year since then…” (roadhousebastrop.com).
“Situated about a block from the entrance to Bastrop State Park, Roadhouse is continually busy, which is always good news, because it ensures that everything is always fresh. Roadhouse specializes in hamburgers, sandwiches, fries, and shakes, but the menu also includes salads, queso and chips, hot dogs, cheesesteaks, and a goodly number of vegetarian items. The hamburgers—the biggest draw—are served open face on a sweet sourdough bun, an onion bun, or a jalapeño cheese bun…” (austinchronicle.com).
In a roadhouse one would expect a number of neon beer signs,
And for those wishing to eat “meat free,” the choices include The “Hiker” (a grilled cheese on wheatberry bread with cheddar and Swiss cheeses, fresh avocados, baby spinach, and tomato slices) and a Black Bean Burger.
Now every once in a while Chuck surprises me. Instead of being his purist self and ordering either a hamburger or cheeseburger with raw onion, he went wild and selected the “Jack” Burger with cream cheese topped with pico de gallo and served on a jalapeno bun.
And how did my Favorite Traveling Companion fare eating out of the “burger box.” “This is really good.” he mumbled through a mouth of meat, cream cheese, and pico. “I wasn’t sure how this would work, but it really does.”
So when our server checked in with us, I told her “I am so stealing the idea of cream cheese on a hamburger.”
So how does the Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger compare to Classic’s Jalapeno Mushroom Swiss burger. Classics’ scores extra points for being one of the juiciest I have eaten. Roadhouse’s scores extra points for great char grilled flavor. So we’ll call the Burger Battle a draw.
But the Roadhouse only earns 4.5 Addies (as compared to Classics’ 5.0 Addies) because the fries that came with our sandwiches were limp and flabby. And you know how painful that can be.
And so we leave you with the thought of the day – “Peace, Love & Hamburgers.”