Biff Buzby’s Burgers may be a tongue twister to say, but will you be glad that you said it when your friend asks where you want to go grab some grub?
Located off of Topperwein and I-35 on the NE side of San Antone and in/near the little city of Live Oak is a burger joint that makes you recall the days of old. I happened on this restaurant off of a suggestion from a friend; I decided to go on a Friday night when I was over in that part of town.
When I arrived to the restaurant I noticed that it was packed and was almost tempted to turn around. I’m glad I didn’t because it turns out that every Friday Night (weather permitting) is an impromptu car show complete with a DJ spinning some tunes outside. You see everything from 30s model Ford coupes, old hot rod pickups, 60s/70s muscle cars, on up to the recently released and redesigned Chevy Camaro. There is a booth set up outside that sells beer, so you can drink while admiring some classic cars.
I definitely advise you going on a Friday night to see the cars, and need to pass on the following piece of info: it costs $5 to park, but don’t fret, you are given a $5 coupon to be put towards the cost of your meal at the restaurant. As long as you are eating, it essentially doesn’t cost you anything.
The inside of the restaurant is really retro with a lot of the yellow and blue neon; the checkered table cloths complete the feel and you are transported back to the days when rock was young. On this night, there was a special of a 1/2 pound Philly burger (came with cheese, grilled onions and peppers) with fries for $8.00 (there was a smaller sized burger that ran $6.50) so both my friend and I got this burger and a beer and were out only $10 for dinner.
The fries are incredibly disappointing; they are those “steak fries” look like you are eating planks. I am assuming that they are not fresh cut, and this is unfortunate, because of how good the burger was…
The burger was nothing short of spectacular; the onions were caramelized just right and the patty was nice and thick. The item that stole the show was the bun; it was really fluffy, hot, and had a nice sweet taste to it. I am not sure if it is homemade or not, but it is a hamburger bun that I don’t think I have ever tasted. The meat was excellent too and had a nice taste. I would suggest putting a little bit of salt on the burger because it really brings out all the different flavors (in particular the onions).
Value: 9/10 (pretty solid value of getting a 1/2 pound burger and beer for $10 at dinner)
Atmosphere: 10/10 (the inside has a throwback feel and if you go on Friday you are treated to a classic car show with a beer booth outside)
Service: 9/10 (very friendly and prompt at getting tables cleaned)
Taste: 9/10 (so if all you get is a hamburger, then the restaurant is by far a 10/10 and probably the best burger in San Antonio; unfortunately the fries bring it down a bit)