Burger Time

DSCN2521.jpgThe ghosts of Short Stop were finally expunged from their Barton Springs haunt when P.Terry’s burger stand recently opened in the long-abandoned drive-through husk along S. Lamar. I don’t recall exactly when the Short Stop closed, but the entire northwest block has stubbornly withered in ironic desolation for years while downtown development and re-development has progressed so tantalizingly close by. Rumor has it that expensive reclamation of the gas station infrastructure and high rents kept the 400 block of S. Lamar in its undesirable time warp; good for those selling used cars or Mexican pottery, but little else for anyone to cheer about.

Now P.Terry’s has put down the first stakes in revitalizing the area. Something of an anti-chain, the new burger joint features Angus beef burgers, fresh-cut spuds, and free-range chicken from 11am to 11pm daily. The menu even offers veggie burgers as a “South Austin addition.” On a recent visit, I found the burger to be tasty, although the proportions are on the small side (think of an inflated McDonald’s hockey puck) and the plain enriched bun and American cheese don’t quite live up to the other ingredients. Prices are reasonable, with combo meals all under $5, and the outdoor picnic area sits in cozy contrast to the ersatz homeless trail that recently defined the property. I’ll certainly be back to try the shakes and chicken burgers, but it’s not going to supplant my Sandy’s jones anytime soon.

Yet even with its shortcomings, I imagine P.Terry’s will do just fine. The pending arrival of the Barton Springs Saloon on the old gas station site and the planned development of the Binswanger Glass property into a multi-family monstrosity means there will be no shortage of potential customers milling around in the near future. Could there come a day when S. Lamar and Barton Springs will be known for something other than late night fast food?

3 Comments so far

  1. ERR (unregistered) on August 25th, 2005 @ 12:04 am

    I tried it because the line at Sandy’s was long…It was very good and I was pleasantly surprised….

    However, if i’m in the area I’ll still go with Sandy’s. Unless the line is long.

  2. leiabox (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2005 @ 8:38 pm

    I just had a strawberry shake from there – pretty impressive. All of their meats (burgers and chicken) are all-natural and the fries are cut on site…Will definitely go back to try more.

  3. john (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 1:02 pm

    why dose everyone like sandys? cause they have $2.00 combos on saturdays? that place sucks, if everyone eats there just cause its cheap i can understand, but if people actually eat there cause they think it is good they are on crack!

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