Review # 38 - Suzy Q’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers [& Mexican Restaurant]

Posted by Burgermeister Meisterburger | | Posted On Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 1:11 PM

"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —President George W. Bush, Nashville, Tennessee, September 17, 2002

Well, “W” we should have listened to you. First, there was “The Malt House." Sounds like a cool fifties burger joint, right? Well, not so fast, buckaroo.

Now, we come to “Suzy Q’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers.”

Doesn’t this sound like a great burger joint of old? Well, fool me twice . . . shame on you . . . no, shame on me . . . dammit, George . . . why have thou confused me so!

Suzy Q’s is a short convenient drive from downtown San Antonio at 1422 Nagolitos Street. As you get off of I-35S onto Nagolitos, you can’t miss the place. It is about 100 yards off the freeway and has a huge sign painted on the wall facing the highway. This was our first sign, however, that the day might not go as planned. It seemed that Suzy Q was still “old-fashioned” but was no longer “Hamburgers.”

But our hopes were not completely dashed yet. As we pulled into the parking lot, there was another “thematically consistent” mural. (See my review of Armadillo's for the importance of thematic consistency)

In addition, there was a comfortable, party-like flair to the outside of Suzy’s. There was a big dirt parking lot.
The entrance had a welcoming feeling.

There was a large shaded patio that would be awesome for lunch or dinner on a cool spring or fall evening.

But as we entered, we realized that this is just another Mexican restaurant with a burger. The burger is just one option on a menu filled with Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. (Don’t ask me what the difference is. This is a burger blog, not a taco or enchilada blog!) The burgers, however, are featured on the menu as the “Suzy Q” or the “Old-Fashioned.” And they are obviously proud of their burger as proven by this professionally done burger-model shoot.

Fool me thrice . . . that’s not so nice.

Burgers – 5 out of 10

Well, we came and so we had to order. We were not going to get waylaid by the chips and warm salsa (which was very good, I might add). And ordering was easy. Do you want cheese? Do you want fries? I did ask for mine with jalapenos. They were happy to oblige, even though it was not a menu option . . . it is after all a Mexican restaurant and jalapenos are a major staple.

The verdict? OK, but nothing to write home about. In fact, I am not going to write another word about this burger. Instead, you can see what the other bloggers have to say about it.

Likes His Tots Tatered: Me gusta la hamburguesa, pero no lo adoro. Why the Spanish, you ask? Well, that’s because Suzie Q’s is actually a Mexican restaurant. Our researchers were tricked into thinking this establishment was a burger joint by the use of “Burger” in the restaurant’s name. We were mistaken. In any event, the burgers were nothing great. Pretty much your standard fare.

Where’s the Beef: The meat itself was blah and reminiscent of a fast food hamburger. I was also the victim of some kitchen errors. I ordered a double “old fashion”, but got a double “Suzy Q” instead (only difference was the cheese, so not a big deal, since I am not lactose intolerant). Additionally, while the menu offered mayo by request only, I got it on my burger even though I didn’t request it- very frustrating.

Burger Boy: Mexican restaurants often have the best greasy burgers. While this one was slightly less greasy than I prefer, it was still quite good.

Sides – 4.5

The sides fared no better than the burger. But what can you expect. They had only fries as an option. We don’t count nachos or queso or chips or guacamole or salsa as sides, so no extra points for these options.

Likes His Tots Tatered: Suzy only had fries during this visit, but they were decent. The chili cheese fries looked ok, but I didn’t try any as I decided to spare my intestines from the fury and wrath that would surely follow.

Where’s the Beef?: The fries were clearly out of a Sysco bag and they were overcooked. They were “out” of onion rings, which leads me to believe the Sysco delivery forgot something this week…

Ambiance - 5

This could have been an area where Suzy Q’s shone, but it wasn’t. The shaded patio, while very inviting, was devoid of chairs and there was no apparent way to get out to it other than crawling over the fence.

#1 with Cheese: It was a Mexican restaurant - if you have been to one you’ve been to this one. The service was very nice but sloooooowwwwww. The price was right, however. You can’t complain too much when you get a cheeseburger, fries, and coke for less than $5.00.

Where’s the Beef: I was pleasantly surprised by the physical building itself. It looked like it had just undergone a renovation and was well air-conditioned, which is more than most burger joints can say. I am hesitant to call this a burger “joint,” as most patrons were ordering the Mexican food options on the menu. This place was more like a Mexican restaurant that happened to serve burgers.

Burger Boy: The restaurant appears to have been recently renovated and all the walls, fixtures, etc. looked very new. I would have ranked it higher in this category had the place been a burger joint instead of a Mexican restaurant.

All-in-all, we were slightly disappointed by Suzy Q’s. Not because the burgers were awful. Not because the sides were stale. Not because the place was dirty. Suzy Q's was none of these things. But regardless of how many times we have been fooled before – once, twice, thrice, quadrice (is that a word?) – we don’t appreciate it and will not take responsibility. Suzy, you are not an old-fashioned burger joint and don’t try to tell us otherwise.


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