50 Burgers, 50 Days: Your Mom's Burger Bar

 
 
A burger a day all around Austin, plus an answer to the pressing question: Fries or rings?
 
Day 30: Your Mom’s Burger Bar
5001 Airport Blvd. 454-6667, www.eatatyourmoms.com.
 
By Mike Sutter | Fed Man Walking | 09.09.11
 
MAY 2014 UPDATE: Your Mom's Burger Bar has closed. 
 
The burger: Frida Kahlo loved saturated colors. Her reds, yellows and greens matched only her gullwing brows for intensity. And given that a lot of her paintings were ornate self-portraits, she was stuffed full of herself. You see where this is headed, right? Straight to Your Mom’s, where the burgers begin as handfuls of fresh ground beef before they get wrapped around sausage or bacon or chorizo or cheese or some combination thereof, then grilled to a healthy char that seals in the true colors. The Frida Kahlo ($7.95) gets a core of chorizo and Jack cheese, finished with guacamole and chipotle lime spread and yes, a fried egg. And now your white shirt can be a canvas for all that extra yellow.
 
Ryan Blackmore started Your Mom’s in late 2009 after creating his own circle of demand cooking burgers for a rogue operation at Headhunters. His building on East Sixth shares a restaurant lineage with burger bars and taco shops stretching decades back, a space that presented itself just as Blackmore was shopping for trailer space on the East Side. Add one more tattoo for good timing.
 
Fries or rings? Both. Because both are cut in-house, starting as onions and potatoes in their bags and boxes from the field and going from there, the fries in a two-step oil bath, the rings in a beer batter that shags and flakes and shatters. A half order of either one is $1.25 with a burger.
 
(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)