JAK, as foodies affectionately call Jack Allen’s Kitchen, is always a good place to try something interesting without completely blowing your budget. The kids menu has full size burgers, neither of my minions could finish their plates of cheeseburgers and fries.
I tried the Prickly Pear Mojito and was so glad I did! This is perfect for summer. Fresh mint, tart lime, and the peculiar cactus fruit juice that gives a blush to the foundation. A small splurge for myself that was refreshing and exciting.
For dinner I chose the Sloppy Jack, a beef short rib shredded like pulled pork and piled on a bun. Messy and delicious! If you like sweet BBQ sauces on your meat, this is highly recommended. And yes, there is a large amount of onion rings on the short ribs, but trust me there is a good amount of meat under there!
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On the hunt for peppers on your burger? I found three around town and I’ll tell you which one was my favorite.
First up is the Oasis Hatch Chili Burger.
The bun was big and dry, the burger was dry too. Come for the views of Lake Travis (and yes there was water in there), however the incredibly slow service may irritate you.
Second were the Hatch Green Chili Sliders I found at Round Rock Market Days.
Hatch Green Chili Truck
These little babies had a creamy sauce and juicy slider patties, topped with roasted hatch chili peppers. Perfect quick lunch while on the go at the market! Saw the Rockin’ City Rollergirls there too.
The last one I want to share with you is a Poblano Burger from Louisiana Longhorn Café in Round Rock.
Louisiana Longhorn Café
The Poblano Burger was on the special menu, and it was loaded with toppings. The Cajun fries were tasty but a little greasy. It had fresh pico de gallo and avocado to compliment the peppers. All held together with cheese! Our server brought out a pitcher of ice tea, none of that annoying tea to sweetener ratio control required, you can refill at your own pace. The décor was full of purple and gold (LSU), mirrors, and odds and ends.
Even though I enjoyed the Poblano Burger with the added avocado, I have to say my favorite pepper burger was the Green Hatch Chili Truck’s hatch sliders. It’s great to see a few trucks around Round Rock after the Trailer Park went vacant this summer. Sucks to lose a spot to hang out with the dog and kids, while eating a variety of foods. I hope to find the Green Chili truck again!
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