It was a tough call deciding which way was faster from the house to Cat Mountain Grill. They're behind the Shell gas station off 2222 and Dry Creek Drive. It's the same building used by The Hub before they shut down. Coming from Northwest Austin 360 might be a more direct route but Mopac seems to be a bit faster. I guess it all depends on how hungry your are when you leave. I was hungry as Steph worked late and I forgot to eat lunch.
We had tried to eat at Cat Mountain Grill on another occasion but they close early the first part of the week so check those times before you head over there. This was a Thursday so they were open later. My tummy was rumbling and I could smell good food cooking on the grill. We had two overly happy waiters as one was being trained and the other was a bit over the top welcoming us. They gave us menus, told us the special and took our drink order. I felt like Craig and Arianna from that SNL Cheerleaders skit were waiting on us and laughed to myself. I was hoping they would do a little cheer when the food came out. That didn't happen and really it was probably for the best.
Steph ordered the Cheese Louise and I had the Sweet Baby J. They were both great. The Cheese Louise is two 1/4 pound patties surrounding a yummy center of American cheese. It's billed as a cheese explosion which if you know my wife then you know she's all about cheese. And explosions of cheese. And peaceful cheese too. She loves the cheese, let's leave it at that. They won't guarantee to cook the Cheese Louise medium rare due to how the burger is constructed but it was still nice and juicy. Steph ended up taking some of it home to our dog as it's pretty big. The way a 1/2 pound burger should be. My Sweet Baby J is your standard hickory burger with a few twists. OK, it's not really a standard hickory burger. They take a 1/4 or 1/2 pound burger, I ordered it 1/2 pound medium rare, and pile on hickory smoke bacon, jalapenos, onion strings and pour on their signature bbq sauce. I had to eat it with a fork and it was great. Cooked perfectly, the juices of the patty ran out as I cut my first bite. The cheddar cheese, pickles and all the other ingredients blended well together. Even the jalapenos played well to allow the quality beef be the showcase and the toppings only enhanced the flavor.
Steph had to try their fresh cut french fries which she liked and I had onion strings, even though my burger had some on it. I thought they were good. Both seemed to be freshly prepared.
As I mentioned before the staff was nice and friendly and we left full and with a smile. The only thing I can really complain about is when did going out for burgers start costing over $30?
Cheap skate grumpy out...