50 Burgers, 50 Days: Crown & Anchor Pub

A burger a day all around Austin, plus an answer to the pressing question: Fries or rings?
Day 45: Crown & Anchor Pub
2911 San Jacinto Blvd. 322-9768, www.crownandanchorpub.com.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Kitchen open until midnight.
By Mike Sutter | Fed Man Walking | 09.24.11
The burger: This University of Texas-area pub didn’t cross my radar until a Crown & Anchor fan on Twitter recommended it. The bar staff is nice, the bountiful tap wall is stocked with a fair number of local beers, the music is progressively indie, there are plenty of paces to sit inside and out on covered and uncovered decks while you drink and load up on free wi-fi, parking is free, there are pool tables and dart boards. What else can I talk about before I get around to the burger? Because for all the good things Crown & Anchor does, this jalapeño bacon cheeseburger is workmanlike at best, with a thin beef patty cooked too pink for its own good and a plain picnic bun soaked through by watery shredded lettuce. In a basket with fries ($7), it’s filling at least, and on a three-beer buzz it’s as good a reason as any to stay here for supper instead of going somewhere else.
Fries or rings? No rings, but well-cooked skin-on fries make up for some of the burger’s shortcomings. But what goes even further toward that end is a glass of locally brewed Independence Saison ($4.25), or even better, a pint of that same beer all day Sunday for just $3, along with dozens of other solid tap choices from Real Ale, Deschutes, Sierra Nevada, 512 and others. On Saturdays, Live Oak pints are $3.
(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)