Work’s been crazy. Couldn’t even go eat a burger this past weekend because I was at a conference for work. Lucky me…mediocre hotel food. Well, if I can’t eat one, might as well write about one. How could I go without a post on National Cheeseburger Day?
Even though it seems like Round Rock is growing a little more everyday, sadly, it still doesn’t have nearly as many cool eats as Austin does :(. And as much as the wife and I like exploring new places in the city, sometimes we just feel like staying close to home. So on one of our nearby excursions, we checked out the restaurant, HomeField Grill. Opening in 2010, HomeField Grill wanted to provide a better option to the chain-saturated suburb and has been serving quality American and Texas classics ever since. And similar to a number of the joints I’ve posted on, HomeField sources fresh, local ingredients. However, unlike any of the places I’ve been to (so far), they use a wood-fired grill and place a strong emphasis on this type of food preparation (source).
When we pulled up to the restaurant, I was expecting something pretty casual and catered more for the kids. I was wrong. Although they’ve got a large game room, the dining area is quite upscale. I wouldn’t call it fancy, but it does make for a nice dining out experience. It was like a perfect blend that both kids and adults could enjoy.
I had a VERY difficult time deciding what to eat. With dishes like beef short ribs (served with mac&cheese), chicken-fried steak, chimichurri redfish, wood-grilled salmon, and not to mention their specialty sandwiches and flamethrower flatbreads, I had to ask the waitress to give me an extra minute…multiple times. I can’t remember how it happened, but I went with my bread-and-butter and ordered a cheeseburger. I almost ordered the Bubba Burger (Nolan Ryan beef patty, hickory-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, BBQ sauce, white cheddar on a Hawaiian sweet roll) but decided to build my own. And then came even more choices…4 different types of bread, 6 different cheeses, and 8 additional toppings. Geez…when did going out become so difficult? Or is it just me? Well, this is what I ended up with…
My “Build Your Own” burger came with a Nolan Ryan beef patty, pepper jack cheese, sautéed mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, red onion, my usual condiment duo (ketchup and mayo) and was served on a sourdough roll. My burger came with a side of fries (the frozen kind as far as I could tell), and I also had a couple glasses of beer. They were doing a head-to-head challenge to see which one they were going to keep on tap. I couldn’t resist. I wanted to take part in the vote…much to the wife’s dismay.
This being my first time ever to HomeField Grill, I didn’t know what to expect. But let me tell ya…I hope to go back someday soon. The burger was juicy and had a great grilled flavor. It was like that classic backyard burger only better. It wasn’t overly charred, but cooked just right. The veggies were crisp, the mushrooms were savory, and the pepper jack, beautifully melted, added that little bit of heat that’s always nice. Solid burger. The sourdough roll was hearty and held up well to all my manipulations. Although I should probably try another item off their menu next time I go, something tells me that I’ll probably be building another burger ;).
I hope you all have a great National Cheeseburger Day!! Whether you’re grilling your own, swinging by a place with a drive-thru, or dining out, appreciate every component of your perfect package of food and savor every bite.
Location: 2000 S. IH-35, Round Rock TX