Austin >Sandy's Hamburgers
Just a Good Hamburger.
People rave about Sandy's and how delicious it is and how fresh the food is that I decided to give it a try.
The location for Sandy's is great. Especially if you are out for a festival or coming back from the springs its fast and is walkable. Especially during the summer time, it stays pretty packed. So expect lines and a bit of a wait. The food is made to order so your not biting into something that has been sitting under a heat lamp for 30 minutes or more. Fresh food is always a huge plus for me.
The reason why I feel like Sandy's hamburgers are only ok is because there burgers do not have much flavor. I feel like I can make them myself at home and not waste the time to go there to get theirs. When I take a bite in a burger made by someone else I want to feel like I can't make it at home and trying to figure out what seasonings they put in it to make it so delicious. Their burgers are just so plain.
best shake. I love this place! i like to go and get a burger and shake and then go to the park and eat. The location is absolutely perfect with an amazing view of austin. The shakes are the best by far and the burgers are amazing. Five stars by far.
WOW! I wish there was one in California.
I consider myself somewhat of a burger aficionado. After all coming from California home of In-N-Out, The Habit, Hamburger Mary's, etc. That we had the market on hamburgers. Sandy's proved to me that I was wrong!
The burger was the hamburger combo meal for only $4.69, I got mine with cheese and the burger was very big when compared to all of the chain restaurants, best yet it was absolutely delicious. The cheese was melted and the basic burger had lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard and mayo. The fries where shoestring and where cooked to perfection, and you were given a decent size soda as part of the deal probably considered a medium to large at most other restaurants. Everything was so good that I thought I must try to custard!
I returned to the window and ordered the custard. Although unlike some other custard restaurants where they add things to the custard, Sandy's is a purist and it is only custard or dipped. To the person that said it was only soft-serve, they obviously have an under develop pallet as the custard was creamy and rich nothing like what you would get out of a McDonald's.
If your in the mood for a burger, RUN, RUN, RUN to Sandy's I can't wait to go back!
It tastes so good!.
I've been going to Sandy's every Friday with my friends for lunch since August. It is in a sense, our weekly Hajj.
I usually get a double burger, fries, and water for $6.15, but they did something so it comes out to $6.47 now, and that bothers me because I always pay in exact change. Oh well, such is life.
I don't care how cheap or greasy the burgers are. They. Taste. Good. If you're in the mood for a fatty burger, these puppies can satisfy that craving for fat your brain is having, and it will feel awesome. Really, they're just straight up tasty burgers. More than once have I quoted Samuel L. Jackson from Pulp Fiction in that, "This IS a tasty burger!"
I also like how the fry to burger ratio is in perfect sync. Some places like Huts give you a truckload of fries with a tiny burger, or vice versa. Not at Sandy's. You get one size of fry which is exactly enough to keep you satisfied.
I don't usually get sodas just because I don't like high fructose corn syrup, but you can get an enormous soda for just 2 bucks and add cherry or vanilla flavor shots at no extra charge.
I can't attest much to the ice cream, malts, or shakes. I had a malt once and it tasted fine to me. Nothing special, but it was still tasty and cheap.
Now yes, it is true that the lady is fairly grumpy. Since I'm a regular I think she may have warmed up to me a little bit, but it really wouldn't hurt her to be friendlier, especially since the girl who actually hands you the food is extremely pleasant.
It's not Central Market or Whole Foods. You're not going to get a wholesome meal at Sandy's. You're going to get a tasty burger at a reasonable price and enjoy it.
Good Burger. Well, I didn't go there to be entertained by the ol'lady behind the counter but she did not give me any trouble . I got the double cheese combo and ordered the burger all the way. It was an excellent example of the classic greasy cheese burger. Fries were subpar and the tea I got was good and sweet tea. Once I placed my order I had it in about 3 to 5 minutes. I would go back.
Yummy Burgers and Milk shakes!. I know everyone is complaining about the service, but the food makes it worth it! The hamburgers are always hot and juicy and the milk shakes are to die for! The parking and drive-thru are a little crazy....but its to be expected since Sandy's is located in such a small area. They have picnic tables in the back, so you can sit and enjoy your meal without feeling rushed.
Worst special/service. The burgers are ok. They aren't great. They aren't on my top 10 in Austin but they are knocking on the door. The ice cream is good but when was the last time you had bad ice cream. The ridiculousness was on the menu. They have specials. One is a cheeseburger, fries and a drink. I ordered that special with no cheese and was told no, they can't do that. HUH? I asked how much it was for a hamburger, fries and a drink and was told it was $1.00 more than the special. I said, ok give me the special with the cheese on the side. Nope. So I ask, you're going to charge me a $1.00 more to not have cheese. Yep. I felt like Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces. Then she asked if I wanted ice cream. I told the her that I might as well since I'll never be back. Just because you're an "Austin Institution" (as if that moniker isn't thrown around this town enough already) doesn't mean you can get away with idiotic policies and rude inflexible people. I you want a great burger and ice cream, go to Nau's Enfield Drugstore. You won't regret it.
Grumpiest staff in Austin. I was born in Austin and have been visiting Sandys all of my life. The Hamburgers are good, the french fries are so so, and the ice cream is good. It is the location and atmosphere that are nice. THE WAIT STAFF IS TERRIBLE !!!!!!! My family likes to ride bikes on the Town lake trails and then go to Sandys to eat. We stopped by recently while riding bikes and got the kids ice cream cones. I asked the grumpy old lady at the window if I she would fill my son's water bottle with water..... she looked at me like I was crazy and told me that she could not and that it was a city ordinance, I would have to BUY A GLASS of water. I walked over to the Wataburger next door and they were VERY freindly and nice and told me that it was fine to fill my water bottle with ICE water, I didn't even buy ANYTHING. Needless to say, I will not be visiting Sandys EVER again, SERVICE DOES MATTER !!!!!!!
Sandy's-Best Drive Thru Texas.
If you are lucky enough to have the pleasure to dine at Sandy's or pick the food up to go you are incredibly lucky. This is a dying breed in Austin, not only is the food phenomenal, yes... hamburgers, fries and hot dog for dessert is phenomenal, lets not forget how much the land it sits on is worth (a lot o cash). It won't be around forever, at some point their price will be met and they will sell, a 40 story condo complex will go up.
Get there, enjoy! Hamburger, hot dog for dessert and a milk shake to wash it down with, that's Austin. FYI The seating is outside because 9 months out of the year that is where we want to be, and the parking is a situation you will run into with anything worthwhile i Austin. If you live or visit here... you just have to deal with it, we aren't Houston or Dallas. We have our own thing going on, Sandy's is a great example!
Great Burger Mean Greety Lady. Sandys has great Food, the price is right and the milkshakes are great ( besides the THIN Straws).Customer service is horrible, the lady that takes the orders is on the rag all the time. They are so greety with the ketchup, and what i dont understand is why you can not have seperate orders. They are stuck in the dark ages and do not accept credit cards.If you get rid of those 4 things I would have given it a 5 star, I just think food taste better if you get it from great people.
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