Houston has been ranked as one of the fattest cities in the US. Its not a surprise considering there are burger joints on every corner and from what the Houstonians tell me, they are worth carrying around a few extra pounds.
I took a casual poll of the burger experts in our work-lunch crew and combined the results with the annual ‘top 10’ burger joint review from the Houston Press which produced three places of interest. For my annual burger, I chose Hubcap Grill.
There are two outposts. One in the wildly popular but inaccessible for lunch Heights neighborhood. The other is downtown. I like the downtown location since its the original; small, cramped, lively. There are a few tables inside, a few more in the covered ‘alley’ next door and a few move uncovered on the sidewalk on Prairie St. What we noticed is that while Hubcap is completely full at 11am, by the time you wait in line to place your order, a table will invariably open up. If for some reason a table is not available, head north one block to the park.
I tried the Jalapeno Cheeseburger and fries. Excellent. The bun is light and airy, tasting homemade. The ground beef is thinly hand-formed, very flavorful, not greasy and crispy around the edges. The requisite accessories are available and you can customize (lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, mustard, pickle). Fries are hand cut, cooked to crispy perfection, then lightly seasoned with a combination of spices leaning toward the Cajun side.
I did not try the Cheese Fries but 2 others swear they are excellent. And really, the cheese fries are enough for two, if not more.
Most everyone enjoyed, however a consistent recommendation was to not add grilled onions; they made the burger very greasy.
Counter service with delivery. Order to delivery time at the peak of Friday lunch rush was 20 minutes.
Reasonable. Jalapeno Cheeseburger, Fries, Bottled Water – $10
Pictured clockwise: Downtown signage, Bacon-Blue Cheeseburger with Fried Egg, Jalapeno Cheeseburger, Cheese Fries.
Lunch: 10 January 2014
Hubcap Grill | 1111 Prairie | HTX 77002