4211 Spicewood Springs Rd
Local Texas chain out of Dallas, founded in 1951. Austin location just opened in early 2007 and is the first non-DFW location.
Original Review Date: 01/26/2007
Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)
Became aware of this place on the Chowhound Austin board. Is a small chain out of Dallas, started over 50 years ago. Discussion on the Chowhound board focused on the seasoned salt on the fries, which appears to be their thing (their website states proudly "The legendary Burger House Seasoning Salt is one of the main reasons behind Burger House's tremendous success and long-standing popularity.").
So I order the cheeseburger (substituting cheddar/jack for american), fries and a drink. Very reasonably priced at $5.25. Burger was fine, nothing special. Standard thin patty cooked on a griddle. Bun was nicely toasted, with sesame seeds. The supposed main attraction, the fries, were typical thin-cut frozen fries with the famous seasoning salt applied. I am not a huge fan of those seasoning salts, so the fries really did not do much for me. I think they also use the salt on the burgers.
The interior of the place feels cramped. Not much space between tables, and hard to navigate to the drink refill station. Not really an inviting arrangement. They do also have an outdoor seating area.
Overall, the meal was not bad, but nothing stands out, beckoning me to return. The fries, which others rave about, tasted like standard fast foody fries that had been, um, sprinkled with seasoning salt. I think maybe back in 1951 when Burger House originated, seasoning salt must have been quite a novelty. These days, I don't think the use of seasoning salt is much to hang your hat on. Sans the salt, the burger and fries would taste the same as your run-of-the-mill thin patty/frozen fries combo.