Saturday, July 19, 2008
Gimme them old-time burger stands - Uvalde Malt N Burger
1046 Uvalde Rd., just north of I-10 East
Just a word about this place which I have only visited once. I had heard raves for years, claims that this place was better than Someburger in the Heights, had awesome burgers, onion rings, malts, etc., and finally had a chance to check it out, but my visit was not very satisfactory. Still, it fits in this category of old-time burger stands and I’ll include it because I’m willing to concede my visit may not have been typical. It’s way across town from me, in a direction I seldom have reason to go, so I probably won’t be back to check it out again any time soon.
I arrived on a very chilly day. As has been noted by others on-line, it can be easy to miss. Perhaps this is due in part to the fact I was expecting something like an old drug store fountain type place instead of a drive-in. It’s kind of hidden right next to a Sonic but I think if you first approached it on Uvalde from the north, it’d be easy to spot.
The place seems to do mostly take-out; at least it did when I was there. I placed my order and sat outside at a concrete picnic table, shivering, while watching others come and go and waiting what seemed like an unreasonably long time. I had already had a lunch a couple of hours before with a relative in the Crosby-Highlands area and wasn’t very hungry but I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity while in that part of the county and had ordered just a single meat cheeseburger with onion rings and fries. At this sort of place, I find I usually need to go for a double meat burger.
Finally I was waved to the window and went to pick up my order and returned to the table to eat. The burger was room temperature, the onion rings and fries likewise. It was not an impressive meal at all and I left very disappointed and confused - why all the raves?
I came to the conclusion later that my order had been held back for someone to pick up and they had forgotten there was a customer sitting right outside waiting. That’s the only explanation I can think of for my very disappointing experience vs. the raves by others, so I include it here as a caveat.
Not only that, I forgot to order a malt, which is supposed to be something else the place does well.
It just wasn’t a good day, burger-wise, for me.