Phil’s Icehouse 2901 S Lamar Blvd
I’m ashamed that it’s taken me this long to write this post, because frankly I believe Phil’s Icehouse serves some of the best burgers in town and probably has the best combination of fries around too. That, my friends, is kind of a big deal.
Owned by the same folks behind Austin’s groovy local ice-creamery Amy’s, Phil’s has one of those burger menus where you just wanna order one of everything. It is fortunate then that they offer the most awesome of menu items: a mini burger sampler basket where you can choose any three burger styles for $7.50. It’s a slider selection! Why make the choice when you can pig out and try them all?!
Cutely, Phil’s burgers are named for various Austin suburbs, and the different burger styles are varied all the way through to style of bun, which includes sourdough and jalapeño cheese.
The Brentwood Burger: A Bacon Cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, pickles, mayo, mustard, 2 slices of bacon, and cheddar cheese on a toasted sourdough bun.
The Rosedale Burger: A Cheddar Mesquite Burger topped with sliced onions, pickles, cheddar cheeses, and sweet Mesquite BBQ sauce on a toasted sourdough bun.
The Violet Crown: A Bleu Cheese Burger topped with bleu cheese and grilled onions on a toasted jalapeño cheese bun.
I LOVE these burgers. The bun is perfectly fluffy and light, the meat is perfectly cooked and layered in proportion with the other ingredients. These babies really pack a huge flavour punch. It’s possibly that a full size burger with the various bleu cheeses and BBQ sauces may be a little too intense, but the minis are the perfect balance.
If you’re not feeling ambitious enough to conquer the trio, you can always order a regular size burger, or even a single mini burger (which is also great for kids).
You know the only thing that can make a kickass burger even better? Saucesome fries! The signature fries at Phil’s are a mix of regular and sweet potato – always perfectly cooked and crisp. If you’re still a fussy unsatisfied monkey, they also offer onion rings as a side.
This particular Phil’s location shares a building with an Amy’s Icecreams so after you finish your meal of excellence, you can grab a scoop of peach jalapeno for dessert.
Basically, the moral of the Phil’s Icehouse story is: you shouldn’t have to make a choice when you can EAT ALL THE THINGS!