I don’t know if you noticed, but with the exception of Thursday (because a coworker was moving on to a different job) I pretty much ate burgers for lunch the entire week! We came up with the concept of burger week where we wrote down ten burger joints, put them in a bag, and randomly drew out the name each day. To conclude the week, and my assault on my heart, we ended up going to Texas Hamburger Company off of Huebner Road. Would lady luck treat us right to the conclusion of burger week?
From what I understand, Texas Hamburger Company has been flipping burgers on the North West side for some time now. Often times, the owner is right in the kitchen making sure that everything is going according to plan, and I think this has a direct impact on the food.
The atmosphere is a little odd — with all the wood panelling and a high pitch roof, you almost feel as if you are in some skiing lodge instead of San Antonio. Very strange.
What is lacking in atmosphere is made up in the food. Instead of going for a soda, I paired my cheeseburger and tater tots with a homemade chocolate shake (made with Blue Bell Ice Cream) and my ticket came out to $10. There was no tip jar, so what you see is what you pay; I imagine if you opted for a soda you are right at the $8 range.
Each of my friends got a different side, and I have to say that the fries win at this place. The onion rings are good, but as a matter of taste I like the more flakey onion rings whereas the onion rings here were more of the bumpy batter type (which was the delite to half of the table). If you are with a couple of people, split your basket of fries because they are more than enough and can save you a little extra money.
As luck would have it, todays hamburger was the best that we got to taste all week. In fact, I think that each day our hamburgers got better and better and Texas Hamburger Company capped off the experience. It had the right amount of grease and of all the burgers we tried, the manner in which the meat was seasoned really resonated with this burger. In fact, of all the burgers we tried, the seasoning of this one stood out head and shoulders above the rest.
The chocolate shake was nothing short of amazing as they somehow found the miraculous consistency that allows a shake to be thick but still able to travel through a straw. At only $3, I think that this shake is well worth it.
Value: 9/10 (not many places to get an amazing burger, fries, and shake for $10)
Atmosphere: 6/10 (feels like a ski lodge instead of a burger joint)
Service: 10/10 (move through the lunch line rush very quickly and the order came out soon after that)
Taste: 10/10 (The best tasting burger of Burger Week v.1 with the right amount of grease and seasoning of the patty pushing it over the edge)