The Grumpy Fat man might be a bit old but I'm not old enough to remember malt shops and sock hops. If you don't know what I'm talking about then you probably don't remember rotary phones or TVs without a remote. I guess you could say Hut's is Austin's answer to a theme restaurant but without the silliness. I like that they knew the perfect balance of kitsch without being tacky. Yeah, I know that last sentence doesn't quite make sense but you know what I mean don't you? Maybe I'm channeling my wife here.
The first thing I noticed in the menu is Hut's knows traditional hamburger dressing. Mustard, pickle, onion is called the Mel's and lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise is the Big Bopper. They also have a wide assortment of everything in between like a classic hickory burger called the Alan Freed or a mushroom and cheddar called the Milner's. Steph picked the Alan Freed and I went with the Hut's Favorite, it's a Big Bopper with bacon. We both ordered medium rare. It was a Saturday and they were a little busy so we had to wait a bit but it was worth it.
Both burgers came out cook perfectly. Steph liked the hickory sauce and said it wasn't the cheap stuff. I think that means it was more like a KC Masterpiece kind of sweet sauce like you would expect on a hickory burger. My burger was just as good. The fresh hamburger, the crispy bacon with the lettuce and tomato surrounded by a fresh bun with a little mayo. Delicious. For sides Steph had fries and I had onion rings. I really liked the onion rings, they are sliced rather thick and have a good peppery coating. Steph liked their fries too, which isn't always a given so they must be better than average. The menu doesn't say if they make them in-house but they were good.
Even though they were busy the staff buzz around like a swarm of bees taking orders, filling drinks and serving up the food with a smile. Good times all around at Hut's.
Have a great weekend!