According to the Fuddruckers website, this national burger chain started in 1980 in San Antonio, by a man who "hungered for perfection in an imperfect world", yet "all he found were warmed-over compromises between bland slices of bread. Finding mediocrity unacceptable, he took a wrong and made it right. He took the frozen and made it fresh. He built his own burger and his own burger place right in the heart of San Antonio, Texas." If this guy is still out there seeking burger perfection, he needs to head back to the heart of San Antonio and clean up the mediocre mess that has become the original Fuddruckers.
Tucked away behind aging office buildings near Loop 410 and Broadway, the original Fuddruckers is a place that many burger bloggers remember from their childhood. But unlike a fine wine, this joint did not get better with age.
Burger: 6 out of 10. This rating seems high, given that most of the bloggers' reviews were negative. In Fudd's favor is a large condiment bar where you can make your own burger. One blogger said, "It's hard to go wrong with a do it yourself burger, but somehow Fuddruckers just misses the mark." Also appreciated was the hot melted cheese. Several bloggers commented on the soggy bun. My bun was admittedly soggy, but I think that was because I slopped about a gallon of melted cheese onto it. Mmmm, melted cheese.
Ambiance: 4 out of 10. Sticky floors, harsh lighting, and a pungent odor come to mind - Fudds ambiance was pretty bad. Prefers His Tots Tatered observed, "It seemed like they were going for a sports theme, and then just got lazy and threw some crap on the wall." Or maybe, "the other Fuddruckers raided this location for decorations," wondered Fry Daddy. Burger Boy, eloquent as always, said "In my opinion, it was dirty and smelled funny."