Review #33 - Broadway 50 50

Posted by Justice Warren E. Burger | | Posted On Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Meatloaf. We all love it when mom serves it up after a long day. We even love it when it’s got long flowing hair and sings “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that.” Where the Burger Bloggers don’t like meatloaf, apparently, is in their hamburgers. Let me explain.

Broadway 50 50 was the burger joint of the day, and the view from the street was promising. 50’s (as the locals call it) is housed in an old but renovated building in the middle of Alamo Heights. One of the bloggers hails from these parts, so he flashed the secret handshake and got all his less fortunate friends in for free.

Burger: 6. Here’s where the meatloaf comes in. The burger was unlike anything the bloggers had seen or tasted before (in both good and bad ways). It comes in a long hoagie bun, which I thought was soft and tasty, but others declared it unfit even for H-E-B.

Meanwhile, the hamburger meat had a thickness, moisture, and seasoning that inspired several bloggers to declare it rather meatloaf-ey. Hamburgler recalled that his burger “tasted like meatloaf, and the unusual seasoning clashed with all notions of burgerness.”

Burgermeister had a more positive take, saying “I couldn’t put my finger on it, but it tasted like mom’s meatloaf. If you’re into that kind of thing, on a bun, with funky toppings, then 50 50 is a definite recommendation.” (Kind of a back-handed compliment, but ok.)

Where’s the Beef? thought the burger tasted wet, even though it was cooked well done, while Prefers His Tots Tatered felt that it more closely resembled Salisbury steak. You get the picture. It wasn’t a terrible burger, just kind of weird.

Sides: 7.5. On the positive side, the bloggers loved the sides at 50 50. The shiner bock battered onion rings got very high marks. They were very thick, with great seasoning. Some said they were almost as good as the rings at Big Bob’s (our pick for the best rings in the city).

The fries got mixed reviews. They were thin, classic shoestring fries, and some really liked that. Others found the small fries unsatisfying. 50’s also completes the sides trifecta by serving some really good tator tots.

Ambiance: 6.5. 50’s is really more of a bar than a restaurant, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The décor combines Pulp Fiction and random mob movie memorabilia with a certain metallic sleekness – an odd but cool atmosphere. The jukebox spun songs from the 60’s and 70’s, leading one of our bloggers to pull off a mean white man’s overbite.

Some thought the place was a little dark, and due to a large military gathering taking up most of the tables, there were 8 bloggers stuck in one corner – a little too close for comfort for some.

Overall, Broadway 50 50 definitely gets points for daring to be different. It certainly was not your run of the mill burger joint. The bloggers loved the rings, digged the atmosphere, and mostly didn’t mind the hoagie style buns. But meatloaf? On a burger? These bloggers will do anything for their love of a great burger, but we won’t do that.


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