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Jul 19, 2006 06:47 AM

A must-eat in the 3rd Ward (Houston)?

Has anyone heard of Cream Burger in Houston? It's in the 3rd Ward off of Elgin and Scott. I can't seem to find but one review online, but I heard that it's a place you must eat if you're in the 3rd ward. Apparently, the reason it's called Cream Burger is because they serve icecream and burgers. I just wanted to know if anyone's eaten here.

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  1. Good luck. It's right next to the University of Houston, but I've never seen anybody who looked like a student eating there. I never felt safe enough to park the car and get in line. That contrasts with Frenchy's, which seems to have folks of all sorts standing in line for their great fried chicken.

    If you try Cream Burger, let us know. I've always loved the name and was curious about the food. Meanwhile, look through old Robb Walsh columns at the Houston Press web site regarding burger joints and barbecue in the third ward and other African-American neighborhoods.

    5 Replies
    1. re: texnosh

      I've been to Cream Burger maybe a dozen times, give or take, and I think the burgers are exceptionally good. Usually I sit and eat at one of the tables in front, and I've never felt the least bit uncomfortable there.


      1. re: Jim Washburn

        I’ll second Jim on this one. I haven't been to Cream Burger since I was living in the Houston area, but I used to be a big fan of their burgers. However, I’m fairly oblivious about atmosphere when I sniff out good chow. Last week I bought a pollo asado from someone’s backyard grill. . .

        Anyway, I say: go for it! And please report back.


        1. re: MPH

          So, I had to stop by because of my curiosity. I went literally just before lunch time and ordered just before the long line started forming. Some of the regulars there knew to call in their order. Smart. I wasn't in the least bit nervous once I was there because everyone was simply there for the same reason - good chow. I got a large cheeseburger with everything on it and a chocolate milkshake. I couldn't believe how cheap everything was. Anyway, back to the food - the hamburger was unique in that the edges were crisp and it stayed crisp all the way to the end. The cheese melts perfectly inside, all warm and gooey. The meat patty had a peppery taste to it - very distinct. I can't say it is the best burger I've ever had, but it's definitely a keeper. I literally scarfed up my burger in 5 minutes. Let's just say, I will be back.

      2. re: texnosh

        Hello, Texnosh. I just noticed that one of your top restaurants is Van Loc. I'm Vietnamese and I'm not a big fan of Van Loc. They have variety, sure, but not my favorite and overpriced. I just wanted to direct you to a Vietnamese place that I love. It's in the same area, just down the street. It's at the intersection of Milam and Tuam in the shopping center where the jewelry store and Le Bec Fin is. You have to go INSIDE the shopping center because it's hidden in there. It's called Banh Mi Hoang. It's owned by an older couple and I love going there because of their kind spirits and their great, CHEAP food. Being there reminds me of home when I miss my parents' cooking. It really is a true hole-in-the-wall. I took some friends there, 5 of us, and we all ate for under $20 total. If you haven't already tried it, please do. Oh yeah, one more thing, cash only.

        1. re: dcembrtulip

          Thanks for the tip, dcembertulip. I normally go for "authentic" Asian places and not Americanized ones, but I've been eating at Van Loc once a week for years. They make the best spring rolls and vermicelli with imperial rolls around. I like their cafe sua da (iced coffee). Alot of Chowhounders prefer Mai's but I feel Van Loc's better.

          There are a few places that get mixed reviews on Chowhound, but I love them: 1) Van Loc, 2) Goode Co. BBQ, 3) Pappas restaurants.

          I think I've gone to Bahn Mi Hoang a few times. The owners are very pleasant and the food is great. It's located in a nearly abandoned mall that's totally depressing. Agree it's a very chowhound-ish place.

      3. When I was a kid growing up in this area, Cream-Burger WAS the place to go for the best burgers and rootbeers. They had this humongus container that resembled a barrel, and they sold rootbeer with plenty of crushed ice on those hot muggy Houston days...for .26cents...I swear, it had to be a half gallon of delight!

        It's been many years since I've been in Houston and that many since I've eaten at Cream-burger, but I can still taste the great burgers and ice cream...still etched in my mind.
        I hope your experience will be as memorable