Do you truly like to have a burger your way? And by your way, I mean not only with just the lettuce, onion, tomatoes, mustard, mayo, and ketchup? What if you wanted some grilled seranos? Or capers? Or artichoke hearts? You would think you would need a place that was part burger joint and part supermarket, but you would be wrong. What you really would need is Order Up.
Order Up is a popular restaurant near my place of employment and the menu is remarkably simple: Pizza, Burger, Taco, Soup, and Salad. What makes it amazing is the level of customization that the consumer has over each of those items with an assortment of cheeses, vegetables, fruits, and sauces.
They have a terrific soup and salad combo, but this time I decided to opt for a hamburger. When I go to Order Up, my goal is to make the most ridiculous hamburger that I can possibly create. I don’t know why, I guess it is because I view the hamburger as my canvas, the options as my paint, and myself as the artist. With so many possibilities, I feel like I cannot just create an ordinary burger but a masterpiece.
This time I opted to create a hamburger with lettuce, tomatoes, mustard, mayo, pepper jack cheese, grilled onions, grilled seranos, grilled mushrooms, and grilled pineapple. The heat of the pepper really mixed nicely with the sweet of the pineapple. The other thing that I like is that the meat is always good from Order Up; it is never overly greasy, but the little amount of grease that it does have gives the burger a nice flavor.
Lastly, be sure to park either in front or behind the main façade of the restaurant. If you park in the lot on the side of it, you will be harangued by a female security guard, who will aggressively tell you that if you leave you car there you will be towed. Just a thought.
Value: 8/10 (the base models (pizza and hamburgers) are reasonable, but it can get pricey adding on all the different toppings)
Atmosphere: 9/10 (I am amazed at how good I feel upon entering the restaurant; it has a lot of windows and the atmosphere feels as fresh as the food)
Service: 8/10 (friendly folks behind the register)
Taste: 9/10 (I enjoy the fresh taste of all the food)
Location is at I-10 and Wurzbach in the Colonnade