Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Restaurant Adventures: Casino el Camino in Austin, Texas

This week’s featured restaurant is the always fun Casino el Camino in Austin, Texas. This place is an unpretentious, fun bar/burger joint that serves up some of the meanest burgers I’ve ever tasted!! Living in San Antonio, we take several day trips to Austin during the year to shop, visit friends…and find new foodie adventures. We saw this restaurant featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives earlier this year and immediately decided that we HAD to try it on our upcoming trip to meet my best friend in Austin for dinner!!

One try and we were hooked…Casino el Camino hits the foodie trifecta: fun atmosphere, fantastic food, and it's inexpensive to boot! If it's a pretty day, you can sit outside in the quiet(ish) courtyard. If there are no seats outside, you can head inside to dine among the “eclectic” décor…something that I can best describe as “Goth meets gargoyles”!! We love the burgers here so much that we braved the Saturday night crowds on 6th Street last weekend to get a much-needed burger fix! We had to pay $7 to park in a garage two blocks away, but at least we burned a few calories before gorging ourselves on burgers and fries ;)

We had the Chicago Burger again this time: ¾ lb. of flame-grilled angus beef, roma tomato, romaine lettuce, cheddar, bacon, and their amazing shallot mayo. So good!! Michael and I shared an order of hand-cut fries on the side. This burger is so huge that I can only eat half of it in one sitting, but that's ok. It just means I get to eat the other half the next day for lunch!! Casino el Camino has a full menu of tasty burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches, including veggie options: http://www.casinoelcamino.net/menu.php

The next time you're in Austin, put "eat burger at Casino el Camino" at the top of your "to do" list. I promise that you won't be disappointed!!!

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