100 Austin Burgers: Jacoby’s

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile
3235 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin (map), 512-366-5808, www.jacobysaustin.com
Dinner: 5-9pm Tue-Thu and 5-10pm Fri-Sat
Brunch: 10am-3pm Sat-Sun
By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 07.14.16
The good thing about a place like Jacoby’s — where they source their own beef from the family ranch in Melvin, Texas — is that they can use that beef for a nice 16-ounce ribeye at dinner, a fortifying short-rib hash at brunch or a fine half-pound bar burger. The atmosphere’s the same for all three, a mix of general store, ranch kitchen and al fresco creekside retreat.
 Jacoby’s Bar Burger: If there’s a better $10 burger-and-fries deal in Austin, it’ll have to get in line behind Jacoby’s, where $10 all night at the bar will get you a half-pound of gloriously fatty fresh beef that stands up to a medium-rare sear like a good steak, with a craggy brown crust on top and a bouquet of red carnations at its heart. It’s among the best two or three beef foundations in this whole 100 Burgers series so far. It’s draped with white cheddar on a bakery brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, red onion and a side of lemon-fortified mayo. ($10 with fries at the bar anytime/$16 in the restaurant)
 On the side: The ranch-style fries that come with this burger are cut fresh and thick, with skins on and a deep amber crust. Suspended in that state between crisp and tender, they’re like Jenga-block baked potatoes. Or ... and this is a big one at Jacoby’s ... you can play the Southern card and go for thick slices of spicy summer sausage with housemade pickles ($9), a trio of deviled eggs ($6) or tangy pimento cheese with flatbread crackers ($8). Each of those snacks is $2 off during happy hour from 5-7 Tue-Thu.
 Wash it down: I like Jacoby’s Muskoka Smash, with rye whiskey, blackberry, lemon and basil ($12/$2 off happy hour). And there’s a short, well-suited wine list. But it’s hard to beat a crisp and spicy Live Oak Hefeweizen, just $3 when it’s $2 off during happy hour.
100 Austin Burgers
(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)