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Austin's best burgers, city's first alcohol-free bar, plus more popular stories

Austin's best burgers, city's first alcohol-free bar, and more stories

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Pool Burger fires up some of Austin's best burgers inside its Airstream trailer. Pool Burger/Facebook

Editor's note: Another week has come and gone, and it's time to recap the five CultureMap Austin stories that captured readers' attention. From best burgers to West Texas escapes, here are this week's most popular stories.

1. Austin's 8 best burgers to sink your teeth into. Is there anything better than a good burger? From food trucks to dive bar kitchens, these eight spots serve up the best of the best — not an easy feat in a city teeming with top restaurants.

2. This Austin entrepreneur is shaking things up at city's first alcohol-free bar. There's little doubt that socializing in Austin usually involves booze. One entrepreneur is challenging that social norm with a bar for patrons looking for all of the fun without all of the booze. 

3. Iconic Tex-Mex restaurant closing after 65 years in Central Austin. El Patio, which ironically doesn't actually have an outdoor space, is closing its doors after 65 years. There is no real dramatic reason for the closure, it's just time, say the owners. 

4. Chef breaks silence on landmark Austin restaurant's queso lawsuit. In late June, Matt's El Rancho sued a Fort Worth restaurant over queso of all things, specifically Matt's famed "Bob Armstrong Dip." This week, the chef embroiled in the cheesy debate broke his silence.

5. West Texas ghost town bubbles up with luxurious new glamping experience. It's safe to say visitors have never experienced West Texas like this. Basecamp Terlingua, a glamping destination not far from Big Bend National Park, offers guests many unique accommodations, including tipis, tents, and even giant bubbles.