I have this thing about burgers. A good burger - and by "good," I mean a really fine, high-end, luxury burger - is one of life's finest pleasures. Burger King and McDonalds need not apply here (with the possible exception of the on-again, off-again Angry Whopper at BK, which is a pretty fine burger, actually. But for the most part, when I talk about a "good" burger, I'm talking about something that doesn't come from one of the chains.
For the record, the finest burger I've devoured in a lifetime of travels across the fruited plain, is actually here in Texas. And in fact, the best two burgers I've had in my life are right here in Texas, both of them, blissfully, within 30 minutes of my house. They are - drumroll, please - the Ranch Burger from Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, and the Half Cow at Wholly Cow, here in Abilene. On my scale, I proclaim Perini's Ranch Burger as #1, and Wholly Cow's Half Cow as #2. And for that proclamation, I want Tom Perini to know that I'd graciously accept any gratuities he'd like to offer me for granting his burger such an esteemed award, especially if they include regular Ranch Burgers. I'd accept a similar offer from the owners of Wholly Cow as well. I'm not cheap, but I can be had. ;-)
Well, as good as those burgers are, they're not the only great burgers in Texas, as I've discovered. My latest serendipity happened the other day when I was in Denton. Usually when I hit Denton with my workmates, we visit Pei Wei. It's pretty great Asian food, and we don't have one in Abilene, so it's kind of a no-brainer. However, I'd heard an intriguing rumor of a new music-themed burger joint in Denton, so on the drive up I gently suggested to our Supreme Leader that it was in our mutual interest to try it. Incidentally, having a boss with a palate as adventurous as your own is one of the top three ingredients of a successful work environment. ;-)
So, the burger joint in question is the LSA Burger Company. LSA stands for Lone Star Attitude, which is a song written by Texas singer/songwriter Jon Christopher Davis, and according to the restaurant's website, a Lone Star Attitude "is an unwritten code handed down from generation to generation. It's the pride that comes from a hard day's work, doing the right thing and helping those in need. It's sticking to your word and standing your ground. It's honoring those who have come before us, while forging a new path for those who will follow in our footsteps." It's also "a killer burger and a cold beer, lovingly prepared with the best ingredients and served with Texas hospitality. It's also our rich musical heritage, and that's what we're here to celebrate." LSA Burger Company pays homage to some of the greatest names in Texas music, which are also some of the greatest names in music, period.
Okay, so that's the name. But does the restaurant (and more importantly, the burger) live up to its hype? Indeed it does! But before we get to the menu and the burger, allow me to take you on a brief visual tour of the restaurant. Music is certainly the theme of the place. When you walk in, you'll notice music-themed posters on every wall. And on the many big-screen TVs around the place, you'll see an endless stream of music videos. You don't have to wait long to see something you like.
Behind the main counter, seen above, is an instrumental collage in the shape of Texas. Here's a better view:
Okay, that's cool by anyone's standards. But what's even more interesting, if not a bit irreverent, is the large Last Supper-themed mural hanging on the wall above the booths. I'm particularly intrigued by Willie's "I'm Forgiven" t-shirt and the fact that everyone seems to be drinking beer but Jesus and perhaps Roy Orbison. Clearly, the Lord is having a good time in this scene.
The one picture I don't have is of the top floor, which is an open-air covered bar with picnic tables, which looks out on the courthouse. It was a gorgeous day when we were there, so that's where we sat.
Well, on to the burgers. The menu has all kinds of interesting items, as you can see below. The burgers are all named in honor of a Texas musician.
So, what to choose . . . . Well, on the day I was there, I opted for the Ready Freddie, which you can see at the top of this post. My ideal burger will naturally have bacon, cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, and onions (but preferably not simple sliced, raw onions; I prefer grilled onions or onion rings). So the Ready Freddie (named after Freddie Fender for the less musically-attuned) fit the bill perfectly. The waitress recommended the Garlic Parm herb fries with the house dipping sauce, so I took a chance. You can see those in the pic at the top as well.
All I can say is that everything was fantastic. The burger was scrumptious, the Garlic Parm herb fries - WOW! And the servers were full of that Texas hospitality. Definitely one of the best burgers I've had in Texas. Probably not quite enough to unseat Perini's Ranch Burger, but depending on my mood, maybe enough to take on Wholly Cow.
So as a PSA, do yourself a favor if you're ever in Denton. Eat lunch at LSA Burger Company. You won't regret the experience.
More to come . . . .
Note: All images taken with the iPhone 5s and processed in Lightroom CC.