No. 3
Cheeseburger (with green chiles on a jalapeño-cheese bun) $7.50
Alamo springs Café, Fredericksburg

There are burgers that go quietly and then there are those that must be wrestled to the mat with both hands and a pile of napkins. At the top of the latter category sits the green-chile cheeseburger at this little roadhouse ten miles south of Fredericksburg in the middle of beautiful nowhere. This burger is like a roller coaster: You have to hang on for dear life, and you can’t get off in the middle. Scrumptious beef juices drip from the humongous, hand-pressed patty (no two alike!) and mix with the roasted green chiles, cheese, mayo, and mustard to create a kind of divine burger roux that soaks into the cloud-soft jalapeño-cheese bun without ever making it soggy and runs down your hands (both of them) as you bury your face over and over again in this meaty marvel. 107 Alamo Rd., 830-990-8004. Closed Tue.


Leave Fredericksburg on Hwy. 290 and continue 3 miles east. Look for the brown TxDOT highway sign that says "Old Tunnel Wildlife Area". Turn right (south) on the Old San Antonio Road. Proceed 10.5 miles. The Old Tunnel WMA will be on the left at the top of the hill, turn left onto Alamo Road. Alamo Springs and Cafe is located right next to the bat cave.