To know me is to know that I have a serious love affair with burgers. If you were to ask my boyfriend where my favorite place to get burgers is, he would tell you “Every place is her favorite place” – and that’s pretty much the truth. When it comes to burgers, I really don’t discriminate. Whether it be fast food, home cooked, or gourmet, I could probably eat a burger every day for at least a month without getting sick of them. But, like all foods, there are always a few burgers that I could really relish (get it?) in their deliciousness over and over again. And seeing as how May is National Burger Month, I figured there would be no better time to share with you my favorite burger joints in the city, with my Austin’s Best Burger series. Each Thursday in May, I’ll be sharing one of my favorite places to grab a burger in this great city (believe me – there are A LOT of options).
This week, we’ll be taking a closer look at Gordough’s Public House. Historically known as the trailer that sells gargantuan, heart-attack inducing, delicious doughnuts, Gordough’s recently opened a brick and mortar location so that its fans could enjoy more than just those ooey-gooey doughnut creations. But what’s great about their restaurant is that Gordough’s made sure to stay true to their roots by still including a doughnut (of the more savory variety) with each meal option. For instance, all of their burgers are sandwiched between two doughnut halves rather than buns…it’s better that way if you ask me.
I got the Ron Burgundy burger [pictured below]. As the name implies, the burger was a total mess, with a touch of class, which is what made it so great. We’re talking Angus beef topped with bacon (yum), a fried egg (double yum), two slices of American cheese (classic), cilantro, guac (mouth watering), tomato and mayo. And don’t forget that there was also a deliciously-fried doughnut to top it all off. Hello?! Doesn’t that make your stomach growl just thinking about it?
And if that wasn’t enough, you can bet that I got a dessert to finish off that meal. I went for one of Gordough’s more classic doughnuts, The Freebird [below] – cheese cake filling, cream cheese icing, graham cracker crumbles, strawberries and blackberries (so it was healthy of course). If you thought that I would have been too full from my burger/doughnut entree concoction to finish off The Freebird, you would have been dead wrong. Brandon and I finished off every last bite. And you know what? It was totally worth all 1,000,000,000,000 calories that I surely consumed. But, it had cheese cake filling, so obviously I couldn’t resist.
I left Gordough’s Public House feeling overly full, but so, so, happy. It’s not a place for every taste bud, I can assure you that. It’s certainly not the place to go if you’re being conscious about what you eat. But, if you’re looking for a unique twist on an American classic, I definitely recommend checking it out. Oh, they have other food options too (not just burgers), and though I didn’t get anything, it looked like they had some pretty stellar drink specials. So that’s a win.
Readers, I know I’m not the only person with a love for a good ol’ fashioned burger, so I want your input! I have my top burger joints in mind for the first 4 Thursdays in May, but on the 5th Thursday? It’s all YOU! Submit your favorite burger/burger joint in Austin by entering its name in the form below, and if I hear the same name enough times – that’s the place I’ll be reviewing on the final Thursday.