A simple concept goes a long way when it comes to burgers.
Billy Huddleston Jr. had worked in the food business for several years when he decided he wanted to go back to basics and open a restaurant with burgers, fries and a handful of other items — and an equally straightforward name.
Thus, NacBurger was born.
Huddleston said the most popular menu items are the bacon cheeseburger and the bacon avocado cheeseburger. “When I opened, I’d never had a burger with avocado on it,” he said. “I’d never eaten one and I’d never served one, so I bought some avocados and just looked at everything I had and put one together, and it
turned out to be one of our best-sellers.
“The bacon cheeseburger — bacon and a burger and cheese, they all go together. If you’re in the burger business, you have to have a bacon cheeseburger.”
One of the restaurant’s most unusual items is a donut burger — a fresh hamburger patty, bacon, egg and cheese served on two glazed donuts.
Huddleston created the burger by chance when he noticed he had leftover donuts one day.
“I thought, ‘Hmm, let me see here. I could make a burger with these things’ — just playing around,” he said. “You don’t want to put lettuce and tomato on it, so I thought, ‘OK, bacon, cheese, patty and egg between two big, glazed donuts.’ And when I put it together, I knew it was going to be a hit. Just by the way it looked, I knew it was going to taste good, because you get the salty, sweet taste, and it has been a hit. I’ve had people drive from miles around to try the donut burger. It’s really popular with SFA students.”
Everything used to create the burgers is fresh, Huddleston said.
“We get in fresh buns every morning and cut our vegetables fresh every day, as well,” he said. “We also have top-notch cooks that prepare the burgers the same way every day.”
For those who aren’t in the mood for a burger, Huddleston has expanded the menu to include fried catfish, fresh made-to-order salads with a choice of grilled or crispy chicken, steak fingers and chicken strip baskets as well as a few sandwiches. For dessert, customers can choose from homemade cookies and chocolate cream and coconut cream pie.
Huddleston described the atmosphere of NacBurger as old-fashioned and warm. Guests may notice he often greets customers by name.
“I feel that it’s important to keep a family-style environment, and I think it gives people a sense of comfort that keeps them coming back,” he said. “In a small town like Nacogdoches, your business thrives on local repeat customers.”
NacBurger is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Find the restaurant’s Facebook page for more information.