TPR Burger stands for Texas Patty Real Burger, which doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.
Fortunately, the name was the only part of a TPR Burger that our mouths had difficulty with. While there is a lot of competition these days in the burger world, TPR’s everything fresh, everything hand-made burgers compared well to the big guns.
And their customers will be glad to know they are back up and running after some plumbing issues, which sidelined the eatery for 10 burger-less days.
The menu offers 13 burgers and a handful of other sandwiches. The Frito burger sounded fun — yes, it’s topped with chili, onions, Cheddar cheese and crunchy Fritos — but we went for the green chile burger ($6.99) and the black-and-blue burger ($7.99).
When we say everything at TPR is hand-made, that starts with the buns, which are made fresh daily (say thank you to the baker, who starts at 5:30 a.m.). The buns are large and sweet-ish, a bit like brioche.
All burgers are double-patty (the ground chuck patties themselves are of the thinner variety, though not skimpy). The black-and-blue was topped with several strips of bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and blue cheese. We’re very fond of blue cheese, which we thought was overshadowed by the generous portion of bacon. But then bacon’s pretty fine, too. A good burger.
The green chile was a great burger. The double-patty burger was slathered with chipotle mayo, topped with lettuce, tomato, melty Monterrey Jack and a fistful of green chiles. There was smoky chile flavor in every bite — just enough heat to create interest but not discomfort.
The sides were a good match for the sandwiches. Onion rings ($1.99) were cut half an inch thick and nicely battered and salty. French fries ($1.49) were hand-cut, thin fries with skins on, crunchy on the outside, soft inside. We also tried a basket of the tasty fried pickles ($4.50 as an appetizer; $1.99 if you order them as a side), served with two dipping sauces — ranch and a chipotle ranch.
We didn’t try the sweet potato fries ($1.99), but we wish we had, because we later learned they’re served with a marshmallow dipping sauce.
TPR is the corner location of a neighborhood shopping center. The walls are brightly colored and there’s lots of light, but the owners didn’t expend any energy on the decor. They do expend energy on being warm and chatty with customers.
Since we first visited TPR, the restaurant has switched from full service to counter service, to allow for faster ordering, owner Osiel Ortiz said.
Good to know: There’s a daily meal deal for $8.99, a single-patty version of any burger, with a drink and fries. Also: No liquor is served, but customers are welcome to bring their own beer.
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