Tucked away in practically the middle of nowhere is a tiny little town. You won’t find much in this town, yet people make the trek out there quite frequently.
To give you an idea of how small this place is, in the 2000 census, the population was 25. In 2005, the population was still…25.
Nothing in this little town changes much, except the name. Originally called Stapp, then later renamed to Barry’s Creek, this spot is now on its third name: Andice, TX.
Funny thing is, Andice is not the name the town wanted. They wanted Audice. But postal officials misread the name and Andice became official in 1899.
Why People Make the Trek to Andice, Texas
Our friend Tyler told us about this little town near Georgetown.
Tyler regularly bikes long distance, and one of his favorite destinations is the general store in Andice. It’s a 38 mile trip one way from Austin, and there isn’t much out there besides a couple of churches and the store.
You might be asking yourself what would cause Tyler to ride his bike out to this same distant location on multiple occasions.
The answer lies within the walls of the Andice General Store.
Andice General Store First Impression
Brittany and I didn’t ride bikes out there, but we did make time to take the drive.
When we arrived, the place was packed.
It is probably fair to say that the patrons in the Andice General Store exceeded the town’s official population.
The old general store has a smattering of knick-knacks for sale along the walls. Some of them look like they’ve been there awhile, and I doubt that the sale of these items keeps the doors open.
In the center of the store are wooden picnic tables. Quite a few of them.
The tables are communal, shared by strangers, but no one seems to mind. Most patrons seated at these tables are too preoccupied with what is in front of them.
People aren’t there for conversation.
Andice General Store Claims to Have the World’s Best Burgers
As you make your way out to Andice, you’ll notice small signs along the side of the road that read, “World’s Best Burgers.”
A huge claim for a little town. We decided to put Andice General Store to the test.
The Austinot’s series on the Best Burger Joint in Austin has been quite popular. Though Andice doesn’t qualify for the series as it isn’t in Austin proper, we decided to rate it with the same criteria that we use for the Search For The Best Burger Joint in Austin series.
This was done so that we could put Andice General Store’s claim into perspective.
Austinot Eric’s Burger Review Criteria
If you’ve read my other articles, you’ll know that I rate burger joints using a 1-10 scale, with 5 being Average.
Roughly speaking, a score of 1 translates to “worst ever,” while 10 translates to “God handcrafted this himself.” Remember, you are free to disagree with me. This is just my honest take.
Andice General Store Burger Joint Review
- Burger Patties = 8. Flat, but very large, 1/2 pound patties.
- Bun = 8. The bun was warm, oiled and plain, without sesame seeds. The bun was also well-sized for the patty size.
- Cheese = 6. Real cheese, but not proportional to the size of the burger.
- Messiness = 8. Went through multiple paper towels and a few napkins while consuming this burger. Good thing they had rolls of paper towels at each table. I like a messy burger, so this is a good thing. Like I always say, “If it isn’t messy, it probably isn’t worth eating.”
- Garnish = 10. It felt like there was half a salad on my burger. Thick tomatoes, flavorful pickles, perfectly crisp bacon and more fresh lettuce than you could ask for. No skimping here, simply perfect.
- Taste = 8. The well-seasoned patties, combined with the fresh garnish, make this burger a delight to the palate.
- Fries = 7. Thick crinkle cut fries with a generous – but not too overwhelming – seasoning of salt, served hot and fresh with the burger.
- Atmosphere = 8. It’s an old general store in a very old town. What’s not to love? They have an outdoor patio and the paper towels are kept in old oil cans on the picnic style tables. They have some dated televisions, extra friendly employees and nice patrons.
- Cleanliness = 9. Though Andice General Store is self-bussing, the place was clean and the employees work to keep it that way. Great job, Andice!
- Other Factors = 8. The burgers are huge. Do not order a double double (unless maybe you just biked 38 miles from Austin?). Oh, and just in case you need a baby bottle or duct tape while you are at lunch, Andice General Store has this kind of stuff all along the walls. Some of it looks like it’s been there awhile, though. An outdoor patio is a nice alternative for cooler days and the staff is genuinely kind. 76 mile round trip from Austin means the burgers better be worth it. They are.
Bottom Line on Andice General Store’s World’s Best Burgers: 8.0 out of 10
Overall Score = 8.0. The overall score is the average of the 10 categories.
If you’re looking for an afternoon drive before lunch, crank up the tunes and head on out to Andice General Store. Make sure you are hungry, and use caution when ordering a double double. You may bite off more than you can chew.
I can’t agree that the Andice General Store has the “World’s Best Burgers,” but I do think the burgers are worth the drive.
Give it a shot yourself and let me know if you think my review is on point or completely off the mark.
I’d love to hear what you have to say. Do you agree or disagree with my review of Andice General Store?