Guess what? Austin is a much better place [than El Paso] to search for great burgers! But, then I imagine you already knew that, didn't you? Wednesday last, accompanied by three of my lovely granddaughters, I went to Hut's, on West Sixth Street. I had been there years ago, and my son, AD, reminded of their great Wednesday special just the day before our visit. The problem is that AD, who introduced me to Hut's many years ago, only said that Wednesday is two for one. He did not mention, and I "forgot to remember" (anybody know why I put those three words in quotes?) that it is a happy hour sort of thing, from 6PM to 10PM, only.
Well, that's OK. Hut's is an old place that has been in business for more than 75 years. They offer twenty different burgers, showing they appreciate a good thing. They then show their seriousness by including this suggestion on the menu: "If you would like your burger Well Done, please notify your server." You can see their complete menu, with a nice little history of the place here: http://hutsfrankandangies.com/extra/hutsmenu.pdf
They even offer malted milk shakes, which was something of a mystery to my grandkids. Apparently milk shakes are a no-no for kids these days. What a shame.
Well, our order showed we have some imagination at least: a plain, lettuce only, burger for one girl (that she promptly smothered in Ketchup), a Milner's Mushroom Burger for another, and the last one (and I) had the Mr. Blue. I recommended that they all follow the suggestion on the menu to not say anything about how they wanted their burgers cooked, since I figured the cooks know what they are doing. We got one order of fries for the table, and then, we also asked for a Alan Freed Burger and an All American Buddy Holly Burger (hold the onions; hold the mayo) to go.
These are good burgers! The service was quick and efficient, the fries are pretty much old school, as in fresh cut, and fried to a golden brown. The chocolate malt that I had was great. In my ongoing search for a great burger, Hut's has to rate very high on the scale.
As for atmosphere, Hut's also is special, because there is no question as to the age of the place, with old photos on the walls, and old advertising posters, and logos all over the place. In spite of the patina of age, it is also clean, so don't worry about finding dim lighting, or a layer of dirt over everything. It is not that kind of old.
I'd say, if you're in the ATX, don't pass up any chance to try this place.