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Houston: Best for Burgers

Lambowner May 13, 2011 01:29 PM

Captured the number one spot in Travel and Leisure. I celebrated at Christian's Tailgate today.


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  1. texasredtop RE: Lambowner May 13, 2011 02:38 PM

    lol - just finished going through all 56 or so pictures. I've gotta get over to Burger Guys, looks so good. And Pappy's too. Lived right there by Pappy's through most of the 70's and never went.

    Burger Guys
    12225 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077

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      James Cristinian RE: texasredtop May 13, 2011 02:59 PM

      Red, up to at least the early eighties, Pappy's was Ruby Red's Steakburgers, made really good medium rare, and throw the peanut shells from the floor at the tables. All I remember are the steakburgers, but they must of had something else. The Mason Jar was next door, and Ninfa's at Echo Lane was just up the feeder. The Mason Jar is stuck in a time warp and hasn't changed in thirty years, though I still go on occasion, they do a good prime rib. As much as I like Pappy's, I wish it was still Ruby Red's. We would do the three Ninfarita lunch back when they were really strong, and just get hammered. The MKT Railroad ran where the northbound feeder is now, idiots at Metro tore up the tracks that went downtown by the light rail at UH Downtown.

      Mason Jar
      9005 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024

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        texasredtop RE: James Cristinian May 13, 2011 05:13 PM

        I don't remember a Ruby Red's but moved to the other side of town in the late 70's. What was Pappy's then? I remember a Pappy's right there or close to there. Was it a neighborhood grocery, a convenience store? Am I losing my mind - lol

        I ate at that Mason Jar when it first opened and never went back. It wasn't bad but there was always somewhere else good around there like La Fiesta a few exits down and I went there a lot. The first few years they were open they had very little business and many nights we would be the only ones in there and we always chatted with the owner. The sons have it now and moved it down to outside the Beltway before they tore the building down that the original one was in. It has changed a little, not as good as it once was. I used to love their queso so much and their margaritas were some of my favorites ever.

        La Fiesta Restaurant
        11623 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079

        Mason Jar
        9005 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024

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      James Cristinian RE: Lambowner May 13, 2011 03:19 PM

      Lambowner, Red, how to you get to the list? I clicked evrything I could find and no luck.

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        Lambowner RE: James Cristinian May 13, 2011 03:32 PM

        I don't see 56 pictures of burgers, only 22 pictures of the cities in the list.

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          DoobieWah RE: Lambowner May 13, 2011 03:41 PM

          I think this is what she meant?


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            texasredtop RE: DoobieWah May 13, 2011 05:28 PM

            Yeah, that's it. Should have read your post before I went looking again and found it - 56 burgers :-)

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          texasredtop RE: James Cristinian May 13, 2011 05:14 PM

          Oh crud, I was looking at the article in the Chronicle and it had those pictures. It's not there now but I'll try and find it.

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            texasredtop RE: James Cristinian May 13, 2011 05:21 PM


            This isn't the exact one as some of the pictures are missing but it has a lot of the same ones. It's on Allison Cook's blog.

          2. Lambowner RE: Lambowner Aug 4, 2011 08:53 PM

            This topic came up again in an unlikely post about macaron cookies http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/799487
            So here again is the picture of a Christian's Tailgate 1/3 lb burger...

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              texasredtop RE: Lambowner Aug 6, 2011 02:56 PM

              Had it today (1/3# burger from Christian's Tailgate) - minus the mustard and cheese. The burger was great. Skip the fries and onion rings, not worth the extra. But the burger is very good and juicy. Do not remove the paper wrap around it or you will end up eating it with a knife and fork. I was forewarned so mine stayed together till the end.

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                Lambowner RE: texasredtop Aug 7, 2011 03:31 PM

                Did you go to the old one on Washington or the "new" one on Bagby? Both are equally good. The newest one that opened in the Heights in the past few weeks has some kinks to work out I have heard.

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                  texasredtop RE: Lambowner Aug 7, 2011 03:50 PM

                  The one on Bagby. We both enjoyed our burgers a lot. It looked just like your picture. So see, there is hope that you and I do like some similar things :-)

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                    Lambowner RE: texasredtop Aug 7, 2011 04:00 PM

                    Good! I'm surprised though that you don't like the burger at Isaack's in Junction! One of my friends called it the best she ever had, but by the time we stopped in for lunch, I was on beef overload and got the chicken sandwich. My travel mates both got it and loved it. Is it too "dry" for you?

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                      texasredtop RE: Lambowner Aug 7, 2011 05:25 PM

                      Too dry, no taste, the meat is hopeless. I've had them a few times too, over the last 14 years. But that's why hubby usually gets at Isaack's for lack of anything better that he likes there. I do like Isaack's catfish and potato salad pretty well. I eat burgers across the street at the Milky Way - or patty melts as it would be. They are good with fresh ground meat and fresh cut fries. To me, if the meat isn't good then the whole burger is ruined. The meat at Christian's Tailgate was the highlight of the burger, it was very good meat.

                      How was your chicken sandwich there? I've never had that.

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                        texasredtop RE: texasredtop Aug 8, 2011 06:16 AM

                        It's not that I don't like a dry burger, I love the one at Beck's Prime. It must be decent meat though.

                        Rereading the above post - shd hv read "But that's WHAT hubby usually gets"

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                          Lambowner RE: texasredtop Aug 8, 2011 07:30 AM

                          See there? Case in point! I don't like Beck's dry burgers. The meat at Isaack's was described as juicy and fresh ground. Probably an 80/20. The chicken sandwich was a fried chicken sandwich. Hot and fresh, but like most others I've had. What made it and the burgers extra special was the tomato, which tasted like a tomato. Hard to find now a days. The buns were super fresh sourdough sturdy buns, which the waitress said they do not make in house. They were so fresh, we asked 'em. Onion rings are best anywhere. But I digress from the Houston scene.

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                            texasredtop RE: Lambowner Aug 8, 2011 07:37 AM

                            We are there mostly from late October through January so maybe I've never had that tomato. A home grown tomato is so delicious, if I am given any I immediately make BLTs. The tomatoes in the grocery store are pretty tasteless. The buns we've had in the past at Isaack's seemed to be of the grocery store variety from what I remember. Maybe they've changed them up. I agree on the ORs, very very good. Kelley's here in town are similar but just bigger. I find the tempura/wet battered onion rings are normally not to my liking. Sometimes I like them but usually they are greasy and soggy once they get to a temperature that you can actually eat them. The ones at Christian's Tailgate were wet battered but not greasy at all. They were good but next time I'll just stick with the burger.

            2. Lambowner RE: Lambowner Sep 15, 2011 10:58 AM

              Any opinions of Rudyard's?

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                MoreOysters RE: Lambowner Sep 15, 2011 03:38 PM

                I used to eat there all the time almost (gasp!) ten years ago now. The burgers can run from fresh and juicy (medium rare) to well done, all you need to do is ask and smile. My problem is that Al's Quick Stop is next door and lately when I am there enjoying their great selectionof beers and live music I have to heed the siren call of the gyro. Maybe its just a phase.

              2. Lambowner RE: Lambowner Nov 16, 2011 06:23 PM

                Just had to share with you all the great burger I had today for lunch at Red Lion. Red Lion was featured on Guy Fieri's DDD show for it's pub food and Indian flavors, he should have tried the burger! It's of the "juicy" variety, napkins a must. Half pound of fresh hand formed grilled meat (medium rare in my case) topped with grated superior quality cheddar, firm red ripe thick tomato slices, green leafy lettuce, a goodly number of pickle chips (what do you do with 2 pickle chips!?), red onion circles and a fresh, fresh bun that held on to the end. One of best I've had in Houston. Hand cut fries were superfluous but adequate. Mayo, mustard and ketchup on the side for your choosing. It needed none of those. Altogether amazing.

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