It seems this year there will be more than just an annual burger. Burger Palace, a Galleria-area gourmet burger joint, came as a recommendation from one of our work-lunch crew, the King of User Interface. All of us enjoyed, even the vegetarians.
Its a small , comfortable space looking like a Texas roadside diner collided with a black, white and red deco bar. Very busy but with noise levels in the medium range, conducive to conservation but not for lingering. The crowd at lunch is suits mixed with a smattering of over-dressed, over-quaffed ladies who shop the Galleria.
The menu is mostly composed of burgers and most of those are Kobe beef. For those not in the mood for beef, there are some chicken and vegetarian versions.
The combinations of toppings for the specialty burgers runs from Hawaiian to Italian to Southern. I tried the Texas, which was Kobe, cheddar, jalapeno, smoked bacon and grilled onions. For me, burger success always starts with the beef patty. If its too dry or doesn’t have much flavor, not much can compensate. This is not the case here. Very flavourful and moist but stopping short of having juice trickle down your forearm and on to your work clothes as a tell tale sign of what you had for lunch and a problem for your dry cleaners.
Parmesan-Rosemary fries are a must; hand cut, double fried then sprinkled with shaved Parmesan and chopped rosemary. Delicious but when paired with a sizable burger, probably best shared.
Efficient and friendly but at lunch rush they are understaffed. Orders for our group of 11 were up in 30 minutes. Water, extra naps and ketchup seemed to appear from nowhere. The hostess did inform us that if we descend in mass next time, we had the option of ordering ahead of time so our lunches would be ready at the time of our choosing.
A little high but quality is likewise high. Most of the burgers are $11, the Parmesan-Rosemary fries are $5.
While I think my burger consumption is coming to an end for 2014, I will definitely return to Burger Palace next year. Ok, maybe earlier. Ok, I’m actually posting this from their parking lot waiting for them to open 😉
Lunch: 31 January 2014
Burger Palace | 2800 Sage | HTX 77056