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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Burger Love: The Burger Guys

I have to confess to being an "SBG", or Standard Burger Girl.  By that I mean to infer that I always try to consume and review bacon cheeseburgers, or a variant thereof.  My recent trip to The Burger Guys sort of put me off of my formula.  Change is not only inevetable, it's a "good thing" (I say this in my very best Martha voice).  I set off at lunch determined to find and sample The Burger Guys.  Particularly, as I have heard so many wonderful things about them in the foodie community.  I will warn you, when I went I had a time finding them.  Their sign was a temporary one, but emblazoned with their purple logo.  I've lived in Houston too long, I have grown accustomed to the strip center signage and large free-standing parking lot signs.  Plus, I might need me some new glasses.  They are located in the strip mall next to a free-standing "Raising Cane's", which serves chicken tenders, at 12225 Westheimer Road. 

I ordered the Lancaster, medium rare with "Brussels", which are Belgian fries, er, frites, and come with your choice of two sauces, to go.  Nothing tests the mettle of a burger and fries like a quick road trip from the restaurant to elsewhere.  I selected house made ketchup and a cilantro bleu cheese aoli for my fries.  I found all of the staff to be extremely helpful and friendly.  After a short wait, amid friendly assurances my order would be right out and offers of something to drink while I wait, I had the goods in hand.  I drove the 5 minutes it takes to get back under my flourescent lights.  No easy task with the smells emanating from the bag, I assure you.

The breakdown goes like this.  I ordered medium rare and I got it.  Extra points for seeing slightly red juices running from my burger.  The patty was about 3/4 inch thick, so, it's a hand and mouthful.  All ingredients are as local and as fresh as you can find.  More extra points.  The fries were crispy and still very warm.  I love "formal french fries", or, fries made from potatoes still in their jackets.  The house ketchup was sweeter than I am used to, but, had lovely flavor.  The other sauce, the cilantro bleu cheese?  Well, it just rocked.  I won't cop to licking the plastic cup clean.  I couldn't, my coworkers had not all gone out to lunch.  I don't wanna be "that girl", and it wasn't a jello shot, anyway.  I didn't get an egg on my burger, a fresh, local, Hatterman Poultry Farm egg of the chicken or duck variety.

Other things to note:  The mustard is made in house with Saint Arnold Brewing Company's Fancy Lawnmower Ale.  They use Houston Dairymaid's cheeses.  Given that you could sling a dead cat, as the saying goes (not that I, myself, personally would), and hit Phoenicia Specialty Foods, what a great Saturday that could be.  A delectable burger, followed by a trip to explore an awesome store.  Hookahs, groceries, cheeses, an olive bar and fresh warm pita that descends from the second story plus, much, much more.  That could be a perfect day, well for me, definitely.   If Feast made a burger, it would be such as this. Yes, I know, I'm rather falling all over myself - I was impressed.  Just a little bit.

For one of the better to best burgers in town for the value (I recall my total order being around $11 including tax, title, license and a wee tip) you cannot go wrong with The Burger Guys.  I have serious issues paying that much at a chain, regardless of how "good" it is, this goes for you too, Beck's Prime.  I would gleefully drop the cococuts on this burger again, and again.  Next time, the Houston Burger - as the bacon marmalade just fascinates me.  I am even mustering up letting go of the same amount of money for dog (I know, it's not your ordinary dog - it's double-fisted).

The Burger Guys
12225 Westheimer Rd. #G

11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Mon - Thurs
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Fri - Sat
Closed Sunday

The Menu

Urban Harvest says the hens laying Hatterman's eggs are "free-roaring", I'm not sure what to make of that. A hat? A brooch?  A pterodactyl?  Sorry, I had to, and yes, I do know what they range, un-caged, like us country folk were raised on, eggs.  Otherwise known as the freshest, best available eggs in H-Town and it's surrounding area.

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