Austin’s Best Burgers: Alamo Drafthouse

Readers, you voted and I heard you loud and clear – when it comes to burgers in Austin, your favorite place to grab a burger is at the one and only Alamo Drafthouse. I’ll admit, when I first saw that Alamo Drafthouse was our reader’s choice, I was a little surprised. I mean, the Drafthouse is known for its moviegoing experience, not the food (even though the food is a big part of the experience). But then I thought about it more, and you know what? I totally agree with you, readers. Sure, I love me a movie at the Drafthouse, but I love eating and drinking while watching that movie even more.

Until going to write this post, I hadn’t been to the Drafthouse in a few months – did you know that they recently changed their menu? Reviews that I saw on the theater’s Facebook page aren’t super positive, but I really liked the menu items that Brandon and I both tried. Apparently, they’ve moved towards a more mediterranean style menu. Fine by me – I love mediterranean food (hummus, anyone?)

In keeping with this new mediterranean flavor, I ordered the Avocado Pesto Burger. If you’ve ever wished that eating a burger was healthy, this is the burger for you. Never in my life have I felt refreshed after eating a burger, which I understand is a weird way to feel while eating a burger, but I speak no lies. It’s a beef burger, topped with white bean hummus, a slice of tomato, sunflower sprouts, avocado slices, and spinach basil pesto. Every bite tasted so fresh and crisp. Plus, normally I always require cheese on my burger, but this one was so good that I didn’t even notice it was without the cheese (so it’s kosher, too – #win).

Alamo Drafthouse Avocado Pesto Burger

Brandon opted for the a more traditional (aka not refreshing, but still delicious) burger – the Hatch Green Chile Queso Burger. The burger’s name pretty much speaks for itself, but there were a few other mouth-watering surprises. This beef burger is complete with grilled green chiles, red onions, tortilla crisps, and dijon mustard, smothered with queso blanco. It was like the best kind of Mexican fiesta for your mouth (minus the tequila, though you could probably get a shot on the side if you really wanted…it is the Drafthouse, after all).

Alamo Drafthouse Hatch Green Chile Burger

Even though I haven’t had the chance to try other parts of the Alamo Drafthouse’s new menu, I don’t know what people are talking about – I thought my food was delicious. Good call, readers. I knew you would guide me to a good burger. Plus, we saw Fast and the Furious 6, so that was another win in my book (well in anyone’s book, really). Go see it if you haven’t already. Seriously, go.

Sending me to the Alamo Drafthouse was a great end to my month-long burger search. If you want to check out some of the other places we stopped along the way, here are the links to all my favorite burger places: Gordough’s Public House, Your Mom’s Burger Bar, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, and Whataburger.

Now, if you remember from the very first burger post, I said that I could eat a burger every day and be happy. Don’t think that this is the end of burger-induced writing on my blog. May might be National Burger Month, but I’ll likely celebrate every month of the year, so now you just have to wait.




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