I WAS A VEGETARIAN IN COLLEGE mainly because all of my roommates and musical idols were. But a cheeseburger at a backyard BBQ was my undoing. While I heated my black-bean burger in the microwave, I was suddenly overwhelmed by the urge to devour a grill-charred hamburger stacked high with everything—tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions. I did, and it was, in a word, amazing. I experience similar feelings of bliss when I order the Colorado Cheeseburger at Austin’s, and it is my go-to burger here in town.
Perfectly cooked beef, topped with Swiss cheese and loaded with whatever veggies you crave it’s all served on a toasted brioche bun. There are other burger options at Austin’s for every mood—a nicely-seasoned Portobello or bison, for instance—but it’s pretty tough to beat the classic gig, so treat yourself. Two locations; austinsamericangrill.com —Shawna Jackson Van