There is something about a local chain that really gives a community a strong sense of culinary identity. No matter what neighborhood you are from, everyone loves and knows local chains as staples of their respective hometowns, one of the cultural accoutrements to connect Austinites – or residents of any city – across racial, socio-economic or local geographic lines.
Enter Dan’s Hamburgers, a place with a simple menu yet with items that have not-so-simple taste. Dan’s has an old-fashioned burger joint vibe, with music from the likes of Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis playing throughout the restaurant. The burgers come in small, medium and large, along with options for double-meat, double-cheese, bacon and jalapenos. It is also hard to pass-up on their delicious curly fries.
Dan’s reminds you immediately that you’re still in Texas as it offers a nice chicken fried steak dinner that I’d highly recommend if you’re ever in the need. They also offer a pretty decent chicken strip basket, complete with the obligatory side of cream gravy. Being a Texas native and the son of two other Texas natives, the cream gravy is definitely a must with chicken strips. I once went to Chicago and was served barbecue sauce with my chicken strips. I was appalled. Thankfully, Dan’s keeps it real.
There are various locations around Austin, but the Dan’s on North Lamar Street being Koening is definitely my favorite. They are open until 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Dan’s is definitely a must-visit for any burger-lover in Austin.