NACOGDOCHES — Voted one of the absolute best burgers of all time by sources like Wide Open Eats, Butcher Boys Smokehouse and Deli was an appealing stop for this food critic.

I took some friends with me and we headed out. The first thing I noticed was how busy it was. There was a constant stream of people in and out, and the staff handled it well. The wait was slightly long, but that had to be due to the fact that everything was cooked to order.

The most appetizing burger seemed to be the Bacon Cheddar Burger, but I didn’t want to only try Butcher Boys’ burgers, so I also ordered the patty melt on rye, BBQ Giant Potato, fried green tomatoes, Bacon Cheddar Fries and 0nion rings.

The onion rings were fabulous and worth the price tag. Huge portions (albeit not quite reaching the size of Cheddar’s) and great flavor/composition make this appetizer an obvious winner. The Bacon Cheddar Fries were delicious and quite large. The stringy white and cheddar cheese paired well with the real bacon bits. The fried green tomatoes were juicy and tart with the same great breading as the onion rings.

Add to that, every appetizer was served with ranch, and ketchup was freely available at the tables.

The Bacon Cheddar Burger lived up to its potential. With a half ground round/ half brisket blend for a patty and thickly sliced bacon, it’s easy to see why Butcher Boys is so beloved. Fresh ingredients are key, and they are abundant in the Bacon Cheddar Burger. Piles of shredded cheddar and spicy ranch complete this dish.

What’s even better about Butcher Boys is that they aren’t a one-trick wonder. The BBQ Giant Potato and the patty melt on rye also were delicious.

The potato was moist and covered in cheese. The sweet and tender brisket absolutely pushed this dish over the edge. The only complaint could be that the brisket was centralized in one part of the potato, and the first few bites were mainly cheese and sour cream.

The patty melt on rye had a super smooth and creamy flavor that was excellently balanced and tempered with the bite of the rye. For those who enjoy onions and mushrooms, this is a perfect dish.

If you want a restaurant that excellently delivers classical American food with quality ingredients, Butcher Boys is the spot for you. Unfortunately, it closes rather early, so it’s best for lunch or weekends.

Butcher Boys is at 603 North St. in Nacogdoches and their phone number is 560-1137. Their hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information or to view their menu, visit butcherboysnac.net or find their Facebook page.

Olive Waldorf is a pseudonym for the food critic of The Lufkin Daily News. Her email is foodcritic@lufkindailynews.com.

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