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Now Open: Your Mom's Burger Bar

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com
Your Mom's Burgers serves six specialty burgers plus fried mushrooms, french fries and onion rings, with beer planned soon.

1701 E. Cesar Chavez St. 474-6667, www.yourmoms.net. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Don't let the electric seafoam paint job and palm tree fool you. This is not your Floridian grandmother's burger bar. It's Your Mom's. Literally.

After slingin' burgers at Headhunters (720 Red River St.) last winter, Ryan Blackmore - who looks like he would be at home on stage just as much as he is behind the stoves - decided it was time to open his own place. The tattooed grill master thought he might join the legion of food trailers in town, but on his way to visit a potential trailer location he came across the future home for his burger joint.

Attached to the back of Las Cazuelas, Your Mom's - named after a joke between Blackmore and his wife, Regina - opened a week before South by Southwest. The walk-up features a menu with six specialty half-pound burgers, all stuffed with one of three cheeses, topped with exotica from fried wonton strips to artichokes, served on toasted buns.

In addition to the burgers, Your Mom's serves standard fried bar food (mushrooms, french fries, onion rings) and Bedrockian chicken wings; they're actually chicken legs, a bit of tongue-in-cheek rock 'n' roll humor befitting the mood of the joint.

Blackmore says he plans to add cold beer (Lone Star, Firemans #4 and Carta Blanca) to help fill Your Mom's five outdoor tables and handful of indoor stools.

Like any new neighbor, Your Mom's is doing its best to make a good first impression by offering discounts, including one for diners who arrive on foot or bike, one for East Austin residents and half-off for your own mother on her first visit.

See, even dudes who look like they could front thrash-metal bands love their mothers. Or at least yours.