Billy’s on Burnet

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Billy’s is a tried and true neighborhood beer and burger hangout where your get a lot for your dollar. While it features a kid’s menu for “kids of all ages,” the family-friendly atmosphere fades as the sun goes down and the place resumes its activities as a local watering hole. With a continually rotating tap selection, veggie hot dogs, daily food and beer specials, comfortable patio with picnic tables, game room with arcade games, dartboards and a pool table, and plenty of flat screen TVs playing the game, there is something for everyone. And more often than not, you can chat with Billy himself over a cold pint and basket of fried zucchini.

Start off with mouthwatering bone-in Buffalo wings, arguably some of the best in the city, or enjoy them as an entree. The naked wings themselves are large—a basket of ten will satisfy most appetites—and the sauce, ranging from mild to hot, is perfect in its simplicity. It has a dry heat, spicy enough to be exciting, but not uncomfortable; it strikes the right balance of peppery, tangy, and sweet; and the consistency is thick enough to stick to the wing, but it doesn’t distract from the flavor of the meat or end up all over your face and hands (unless you just don’t give a damn, in which case, do your wing thing).

There is a variety of burgers on the menu; most popular is the Uptown Burger, and for good reason. It’s topped with a trifecta of bacon marmalade, avocado, and bleu cheese. These three ingredients rank with such other classic Texas trios as ZZ-Top and the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker: all work together so well precisely because they eschew flash, focusing instead on fundamentals and teamwork.* Not a bleu cheese fan? Try a Basic American Cheeseburger. Can’t decide between a burger and a Frito pie? The El Jefe Burger comes with a Frito pie on it. No matter which burger you choose, you can’t go wrong.

The one sandwich you mustn’t miss is the Reuben. Bulging from between slices of rye bread, toasted on a well-seasoned flattop until golden brown, is a hearty pile of corned beef, sauerkraut, and melted Swiss cheese. And of course Thousand Island Dressing, for a Reuben without Thousand Island dressing is no Reuben at all. Served with Ruffles potato chips and a pickle spear, like everything else about Billy’s, the presentation lacks all pretension, but the execution is on the money.

A picnic table on Billy’s patio is where you want to relax on a sunny Saturday afternoon, the game on, the dog at your feet, and the pitcher full.

Notes: A vegetarian menu offers veggie alternatives to many sandwiches and other menu items. Wednesday night is trivia quiz night.

What to Eat
Billy’s on Burnet, Buffalo Wings
Buffalo Wings
Must-Try
Billy’s wings, some of the best in the city, come with sauce that is perfect in its simplicity, spicy enough to be exciting, but not uncomfortable – the right balance of peppery, tangy, and sweet.
Billy’s on Burnet, Uptown Burger
Uptown Burger
Must-Try
All burger patties are 1/3 pound and come with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo, but condiments can be altered upon request.
Billy’s on Burnet, Reuben Sandwich
Reuben Sandwich
Must-Try
For a meatless alternative, there is an Avocado Reuben. The one pictured here is made with plenty of corned beef.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12pm - 12am
Monday11am - 12am
Tuesday11am - 12am
Wednesday11am - 12am
Thursday11am - 12am
Friday11am - 12am
Saturday11am - 12am
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 1000 MILES | 15 hr 33 min

Fritos were created in San Antonio in 1932, but it took some thirty years before the Frito pie was born. Teresa Hernandez, working behind the Woolworth's lunch counter in Santa Fe, had the idea to slice off the top of a single-serving bag of Fritos and ladle in chili, then cheese, onions, lettuce, and tomato.…

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Price
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Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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