Austin >Food & Dining > Elevation Burgers
9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX | Directions 7875930.395096 -97.749366
Not worth it! – The place has an odd smell and the burgers we very dry.
Good Food, Fabulous Service – I've eaten here a few times and been happy with the experiences. The burgers are good, though a bit on the small size. The fries were good and the shakes were excellent. The restaurant is clean and the staff were awesome. We even went at closing time on Christmas Eve and never felt the slightest bit like they were rushing us to get out. They were very friendly and helpful. A very pleasant dining experience.
Disappointing at best – I had never heard of Elevation Burger until I was invited by some business acquaintances for an impromptu lunch meeting. The people who waited on me were very nice and did everything they could to provide good service. I have to say they have some of the best service in the Arboretum that I have experienced. This is where my experience stopped being positive. They have no combination prices, so you're up to roughly $10 for a burger, fries, and a drink. They charge you for everything additional, including the nasty, oily, flavorless cheese (being an environmental place, I question if it indeed was cheese). They also don't have regular iced tea, only fruity stuff which tastes like shampoo...a serious no-no in Austin, where you can get plain iced tea ANYWHERE.
Aside from this, the burger was lean, to the point of turning into a crumbly mess which was difficult to eat without messing up a $50 shirt. It's called needing a binding agent (to keep the meat from falling apart into dusty crumbles) if you're going to use ultra-lean beef...not a bad idea, just terribly executed. The fries were only half cooked & floppy, not crisp. Everyone knows you have to cook fries twice to get the crispy effect...at least I thought that everyone did.
With Five Guys and Mighty Fine providing a better quality (and better portions) burger for less money (they also fresh grind their meat daily), I don't see how this place can hope to stay in business...except for perhaps if the environmentalist rubes just decide to keep shelling out too much money for poor quality food to somehow feel more enlightened and obtain environmental absolution by spending too much money.
Oh, and the "organic beef" tastes the same as the regular 90-92% lean ground beef you get in the store. Not even a grass-fed taste which might make it a little gamier or more flavorful.
They should think of some other kind of angle, such as a buffalo burger or something else which would impart something unique to the otherwise blunder of an experience. They also need to learn how to cook fries. Nothing is less appetizing than half cooked, limp fries, as they'e much more oily and it defeats the purpose of the lower fat burger patty.
bad burgers – Tiny, greasy and expensive. Ordered with the carmalized onions which turned the top bun into mush, just a horrible burger.
Tasty but smallish and pricey – This was a pretty tasty burger. I could tell the difference in the beef compared to most places. While there were items on the burger, they did not overwhelm the great beef taste.
Bear in mind that the individual patties are small (3 ounces.... I asked) and it all adds up pretty fast in terms of cost.
Having said that, I compared this to another organic burger joint, Terra Burger, which is nearby. Elevation burger wins, hands down. I won't even go back to TB.
Left Still Hungry – The free double cheeseburger coupon in our local newsletter prompted us to try out Elevation Burger. After ordering the double meat for my husband and a regular cheeseburger for myself, plus 2 orders of fries and 2 drinks, I was a little shocked at the $15 price tag even with the free burger coupon. But, I thought if it's good then it will be money well spent. The burgers were very tasty and fries were good to, but the size of the burger for the price you pay was pretty shocking ($4 for cheeseburger and $5+ for the double meat). I equate the size to a Junior Whopper at Burger King. I was disappointed that it wasn't bigger because it was good, and I would have liked a few more bites. So, we to left hungry.
Solid burger, but not a lot for the money – We love a good quality burger, and make it a point to go out and grab a burger once a week or so. This past weekend we decided to give Elevation burger a try. The restaurant itself is a nice burger type place, clean with plenty of seating and parking available. The prices on the menu seems about average for the burgers, I got the double and the wife got a hamburger. The burgers that came out though were really quite small, in fact it really wasn't much bigger than a standard burger you get a McDonalds (the 49 cent burger....). Now the burgers were very nice and lean, but at 5 something for a double and then leaving feeling hungry cause it was so small just kinda seemed like a waste.
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