100 Austin Burgers: The Silo on Seventh

The Silo on Seventh
1300 E. Seventh St., Austin (map), 512-524-0866, www.siloonseventh.com
Hours: 11am-10pm daily; bar open until 11pm Sun-Fri and midnight Sat
By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 04.25.16
The Silo began its slow road to opening in 2012, building from the actual galvanized silo outward, with three levels of city views set in limestone, weathered wood and livestock railing. When it opened two years later, you could tell mostly by the non-stop classic rock that drifted from its decks toward Kebabalicious, the Hightower, Angie’s and Takoba across the street. It’s toned down since then, and despite looking like a fraternity hangout, it’s a solid all-around spot for burgers and beer.
 The Chicon: When you just gotta have a burger with pickled beets, grilled pineapple and a fried egg, the Chicon’s your burger ($13 with fries). The pineapple’s from a can and barely warmed, the egg’s a yolky cipher and the beets are exactly what you’d expect from your salad bar days. But they rest on a serious half-pound slab of lean beef with thick white cheddar on a soft bakery raiser roll with lettuce, tomato and grilled onions. An excellent burger, even without the bells and whistles. Maybe in spite of them. For $2 less, I’d go with the Silo burger, with none of the distractions, all the assets and a sweet-hot chow-chow relish.
 On the side: The burger comes with hand-cut fries the color of the varnished picnic tables outside. An order by itself is $2, a bargain for sit-down fries cut by human hands. For an extra $1.50 with a burger, they’ll sub tater tots, sweet potato tots, onion strings or other sides. (The online menu is out of date and incomplete, so I’ve copied the burger page below.) The tots come from a bag, so I went with hand-breaded onion stings. They’re ethereal little things, cooked just barely to the edge of done. They’re soft and sweet with a few crisp edges, but they fade fast.
 Wash it down: The cocktail list will satisfy casual fans of the Moscow Mule and other sweet, splashy vodka drinks, or a margarita, mojito or Texas Palmer with Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka and lemonade ($8-$9). The draft beer list is about 15 deep, with locals like 512, Adelbert’s, Hops & Grain and Thirsty Planet. At $6-$8 a pint, they’re crowding into Clark’s Oyster Bar territory. And so I gambled on a tallboy can of Stiegl Radler ($7), a refreshing, shanty-style German blend of Stiegl-Goldbrau and grapefruit. I won.
100 Austin Burgers
(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)