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First Look: Haystack Burgers & Barley in Richardson Heights Shopping Center

haystackLast week I drove around my high school stopping grounds Richardson Heights Shopping Center. In the 70s it was rocking and I’m happy to report the old gal is getting a second chance at life. We are all anxiously awaiting the opening of the Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse in (hopefully) August.

If you can’t wait, Alamo Drafthouse is hosting free outdoor movies on July 13, 20 & 27. If you are hungry, check out Haystack Burger & Barley Burgers which is next door. I stopped in and tried one burger so this report is limited. I sampled the Haystack Burger, a Mardi-Gras-between-buns mess: thick fried onion rings, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickle, and bacon. The glossy buns were dosed with barbecue sauce.

I should have ordered something a little less “busy”: I’m an old-fashion burger gal. The Haystack burger was a little over six inches tall which is, believe it or not, bigger than my mouth. I took the onion rings off and managed to eat some of it. My takeaway? The meat, which they told me they cooked medium, was well done. The patty was dry. Conversely, the bacon was under cooked. The fat was cool to the touch and made me a bit nervous. So I took that off as well.

I’ll go back and sample other versions. They have a small bar area where they feature a large beer selection (30 bottles and 12 local beers on tap) and a specialty cocktail made with Maker’s Mark. Too bad this place wasn’t around when we were decorating the windows of the drug store (Sun Rexall?) with “Go RHS Eagles” paraphernalia. Lord knows we’d have used our fake ids to score a beer. Richardson Heights Shopping Center. 100 S Central Expy. @Beltline Rd. (972) 479-9424.

8 comments on “First Look: Haystack Burgers & Barley in Richardson Heights Shopping Center

  1. Wow, totally different than my burger experience. My patty was right on the edge of the medium/medium rare line, and was extremely juicy. Had the Down on the Farm Burger, so a more classic option, but also got a sample of the chili that goes on the Pitch Fork burger which was good as well.

  2. My old stomping ground as well. Add it to the long list of reasons why I like you, Nancy! Go RHS!

  3. I felt the same way about the Haystack burger. The Down on the Farm burger is my favorite and the Chicken Fried Burger is pretty tasty.

  4. My experience was also totally different than yours. The patty was cooked to a perfect med-rare. The only change I would make is to leave the BBQ sauce off of the burger. It was good but just not my thing. You should give it another try and have a Franconia Dunkel with it – sheer perfection.

  5. Try the chicken sandwich. I HATE chicken sandwiches but theirs is fantastic. It’s even better with a cold Peticolas right beside it.

  6. My take on many restaurants that you all review is the lack of consistency. Regardless of wether high end or low brow, consistency is just as important as the quality. My observation is that consistency of wait staff and food is lacking in many restaurants regardless of the price point. My guess is that the clientele puts up with it, so there is no incentive to change. I’ve also wondered if the younger crowd (to stereotype) is more focused on the social aspect of dining out and the booze so they really don’t care.