Locals consistently choose Hut's for the best-burger award in Austin Chronicle restaurant polls. Part of the mystique may be the American Graffiti–like atmosphere: the joint is a local institution that began in 1939. It's been in its present location since 1969, and old license plates, vintage ads, and UT memorabilia are everywhere. Huge, juicy burgers come in about 25 varieties, and the gigantic onion rings are crunchy and addictive. It's hard not to surrender
to the experience. Vegetarians can request substitute patties—this is Austin, after all.