Posted 7/18/17 | © Photo by Jo Ann Holt
After hearing that Hat Creek Burger Co. will open its first Dallas area restaurant this fall, I decided to visit one of the fast food restaurant's branches on a recent trip to Austin. The casual dining restaurant puts an emphasis on family fun.
Founded in 2008 in an Austin food trailer, Hat Creek Burger Co. proclaims its mission is to serve fresh food and offer community fellowship. Press materials say they focus on
quality ingredients and helpful service, which keeps loyal guests coming back for more family fun. Hat Creek will always be a place for good food, good friends and good fun. It's that simple.
Known for all-natural beef burgers, homemade gluten-free chicken flashers, specialty shakes, and beer and wine, Hat Creek loves sourcing from Texas brands and purveyors. From Vital Farms and Cuv?e Coffee to Nolan Ryan Beef and Hot Dang Veggie Burgers, guests know their eating quality food anytime of the day.
My daughter and I met our favorite college student, Kenneth, at a midway location between Lakeway and San Marcos. It turned out to be their flagship location, which opened in West Lake Hills in 2011.? This is a great corner site, right at the intersection of Bee Cave Road with Highway 360.? There are lots of old-growth trees providing sufficient shade to keep the playground area busy even in 90 degree temperatures.? We especially loved the way the company had saved one of the old trees by just building the deck around the tree.
If you have a good experience at Hat Creek, there's a bell to ring on the way out. We heard the bell ring frequently while we tried a signature burger (double meat and cheese with happy sauce and spicy sauerkraut), fries, a Berry salad and a Little Hat burger. As promised, the food was made with fresh ingredients and service was very friendly. ?I definitely rang the bell as we left.
Hat Creek was started by former Longhorn and Dallas native Drew Gressett, who now has five restaurants in the Austin area.? Hat Creek will expand to 3321 South Custer Road in McKinney this fall, followed by branches in Dallas, Rowlett, and Allen soon after.
Founding partner Gressett said,
We are so excited to bring Hat Creek Burger Co. to North Texas. Our family has deep ties to Dallas and we plan to serve Dallas families with exceptional food and friendly service.
Hat Creek's McKinney location extends their commitment to provide an enjoyable family dining experience by providing a unique playscape and flat screen TVs.? They will also feature Tuesday Family Nights with half-price burgers after 5 p.m. In addition to lunch and dinner options, Hat Creek Burger Co. offers breakfast featuring breakfast hats, tacos, breakfast platters and pancakes from 7 to 10:30 a.m. daily.
True to the Hat Creek mission, the McKinney location will continue the tradition of offering community support by providing fundraisers for schools and community groups, offering party space and supporting nonprofits in the area.
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