One of my favorite days of the year, the carful of kids hit the road for another road trip. A few more bags to wrestle into place in the back of the SUV. We pull out of the driveway just a few minutes behind schedule.
I merge the RAV4 onto I-35 and say goodbye to Central Texas as I head north. The carful of kids’ ultimate destination: Canada. Driving over 2,400 miles to the Canada’sJasper National Park and back will take weeks.
First things first, we got to get out of Texas and that seems to take the longest. Thanks to the 75 mph speed limit, the miles start to roll on by.
Burger Quest at Kincaid’s Hamburgers
With hungry kids in the SUV, I’ve got the place for lunch. In my quest for the best burgers in Texas, I’ve beenchecking out burger jointsacross the state. The next one on my list is in Fort Worth atKincaid’s Hamburgers.
Located off Camp Bowie, Kincaid’s opened in 1946 as a grocery store. Packed with original character, I found shelves still stocked with cans of vegetables.
In 1964,the meat cutter, O. R. Genry bought a $25 grill and slapped on some burger patties. Word spread and 50 years laterKincaid’s Hamburgershas six locations throughout the Fort Worth area.
We walk up to the counter in the back of jadeite-green grocery store and look over the menu board. I order quarter-pound burgers, perfect size for the kids, then find a picnic table and wait for our freshly grilled burgers to emerge from the kitchen.
Kincaid’s grills up quarter-pound andhalf-pound burgers featuring Black Angus beef,ground in-house. All burgers come dressed with mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions.
For the picky eaters, the kids’ menu includes chicken strips, hotdogs, corndogs and grilled cheese. Don’t miss the shakes and malts.
We grab our burger bags when called and pull out our paper-wrapperd burgers. I take a good, long smell; I smell summer. Then I take that first bite and I taste summer.
The toasty bun gives way to a juicy patty even in the smaller burger. Most places can overcook a quarter-pound burger, not at Kincaid’s. Good stuff. Mustard is a must for a Texas burger and finish it off with shredded lettuce and a beefsteak tomato.
I love onion rings and these aregoodonion rings. They are crunchy, crispy and the perfect shade of toasty brown. When you bite through the ring, the onion is tender. So simple yet so hard to find—perfect onion rings.
Like our lunch break, the burgers go quickly. The carful of kids need to make it to Oklahoma before nightfall. So back the SUV we go.
Other Texas Burger Joints
Love Burgers? Got some Joints for you across Texas.
When in Austin, grab a table under the shade of a century-old pecan tree at Shady Grove Restaurant on Barton Springs Road for a burger, steps from Zilker Park.
Waco, in Central Texas and along Interstate 35, offers several joints that top my list for best burgers. Dubl R Old Fashioned Hamburgers features a counter where kids watch on as the grill cook flips up some lunch. Another option, Dave’s Burger Barn that offers a Zipper Ripper Challenge along with house-made potato chips.
Know before you go:
Kincaid’s, at 4901 Camp Bowie, open Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.