HBC Holiday Gathering

December 4, 2012

Time to celebrate the holidays as well as Victoria’s return to Houston.  Crisp is a great place so get ready for some fun!

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HBC is checking out the Burger Guys!

July 21, 2011

Come on out the the burger guys  12225 Westheimer Road on Thursday July 28th at 7pm to eat a tasty burger.  We are honored to celebrate the return of one of HBC’s own Dave G.  Welcome back, welcome back.  See you all there.  I can’t wait!!!

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Liberty Station / Hubcap Grill Burger Cart

February 12, 2011

Last night the HBC went to Liberty Station to review the Hubcap Grill Burger Cart. This is Hubcap’s only other location other than the down town lunch spot. Members gathered to wish Victoria farewell and all I can say is that when Victoria is able to make it in town she always draws a big crowd. A lot of first time members came out to see her off. Evan and Diana, Amanda, and we welcomed back Begnaud who has been stranded in the European snow for who know’s long now.

The menu offered pretty standard fare ( bacon, jalepeno, and mushroom burgers) except for the weekly specials which were the cheesy cheeto burger and the famous Sticky Burger.

I don’t think anyone was brave enough to try the cheesy cheeto burger which only consists of a patty, cheetos and cheese sauce but there were a few takers on the sticky burger.

While the peanut butter was delicious, it didn’t seem to mix well with the bacon and cheese well. Some bites were absolutely delicious while others were super peanut buttery that caused big gulps of beer to remoisturize the pallet.

The Toasted Bun was the big winner here. Crispy and crunchy and Chris even asked if he could give it an 11/10. The rest of the burgers where reviewed with mix results. The double meat burger had a ton of flavor while the others were just average.

Liberty Stations endless amount of fun kept everyone busy until late. Julie and Susan had Ryan pulling up the rules of Jenga while they were playing the oversized outdoor version. We all know Ryan would not allow us get by without following the rules!

Victorias soccer skills did not prove to be affective on the foosball table, and almost everyone else played corn hole outside.

Another good HBC meeting and if it wasn’t for the calories I’d wish we were doing another one tonight!
Have a safe trip back Victoria! Hope to see you soon!

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Take Seat – Solo Review from Bangkok, Thailand

December 12, 2010

The Houston Burger Club is going international.  I (davé) am currently in Thailand riding a dirtbike around the world eating burgers.

Thailand is known internationally for their spicy and savory Thai food.  Burgers are everywhere here and after reading the scores for the HBC holiday meeting, I was inspired to try one.  In tourist areas there are many places that serve western and often specifically “American” food.  Hamburgers always make the menu.

Take Seat restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand

“Take Seat”(sic) is a Thai and Western style restaurant located near my hotel Erawan House in the main backpacker tourist area of Bangkok.

The Take Seat Cheesebuger in Bangkok

After about 10 minutes of waiting, I was presented with a burger, fries, and salad.  Over all, my first visual impression was pretty good.  The fries were hot as well as the cheese was starting to melt slightly where it was contacting the burger.  The taste of the patty was pretty bland– it was a fine grind of beef with onions added for flavor.  Even though it was cooked to a medium/medium well, the burger was too lean and wasn’t even the slightest bit juicy.   The bun was a commercially produced sesame seed bun which was quite surprising as you never know what a burger is going to come out here.  Sometimes they’ll wrap a burger in a few pieces of bread or on a bagette.  My overall impression of the burger was that the toppings were OK but the patty and bun were very dull.  The toppings were very fresh and high quality except for the cheese.

The fries were tasty freezerbag quality but freshly fried.  The salad was a cabbage / carrot mess with mayo squirted on top.  It was nice to have my holiday burger but is will not be making the best of the HBC.  It was better than Putt’s Cheddars

OVERALL RATING

Bun (1-10): 4

Patty (1-10): 4

Juiciness (1-5): 2

Toppings (1-5): 3

Visual (1-5): 3

TOTAL (35 Max): 16

Remember that all HBC members can submit reviews.  Just make an account and I’ll try to set it up so you can write it yourself.  Make sure you try to have a picture or two in addition to the standard ratings.

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HBC Meeting: Natachee’s Supper’n Punch

October 20, 2010

Attention HBC the season’s have changed. The weather lately makes Houston feel different and new. I find myself walking around talking about the good weather, enjoying the outdoors, and wondering what I can do to enjoy it even more. So with this in mind I thought it would be nice to try out something different and new. Blow off the dust from your old judging score cards, get your taste bud’s ready because this Thursday, Oct. 21st at 7:30pm we will be trying out Natachee’s Supper’n Punch located on 3622 Main Street. I’m told to look for Lacy the horse but if that won’t do then check out their website. http:/www.natachees.com/

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BC Meeting Tonight! Little Bitty Burger Barn

July 30, 2010

The wrong date was listed for the HBC meeting; it’s tonight, Friday, July 30th, at Little Bitty Burger Barn. See details in the previous post.

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HBC Meeting: Burn Your Bridges Friday @ Little Bitty Burger Barn

July 27, 2010

It’s Victoria’s last week in town and what better to do than to burn your bridges. Bring insults for one another and get ready for another rockin HBC event!

Look’s like Franks closed down so we are changing it to the Little Bitty Burger Barn.

Chris swears that this place is legit and he served up a good one when we all tried out the Petrol Station. I will buy a 6 pack for anyone who completes THE DARE.

Little Bitty Burger Barn
5503 Pinemont Drive
July 30 @ 7:30pm
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SmashBurger

July 15, 2010

Smashburger

Smashburger had been mentioned on more than one occasion for a HBC meeting but chains usually don’t have the same appeal as a unique 50 year old hole-in-the-wall.  But this time, Dave G, attending possibly his last HBC meeting ever before heading out around the world on his motorcycle, put his Chaco wearing foot down and declared Smashburger the destination.  Perhaps we underestimated the appeal of a chain burger joint in a strip mall next to a Blockbuster (Buffalo Speedway location) as 14 people turned out.  Victoria N, in what could also be her last appearance for the HBC, skipped playing soccer in order to clog up her arteries, a first for her.

Onion rings, BBQ sauce and cheese.. mmmm

Walking in, Smashburger felt very impersonal, very new and very much like any other chain restaurant.  Regardless, we pushed some tables together and hopped in line to order our burgers.  There are many different menu options such as burgers, buns, toppings, side orders, shakes, malts, beers with frosted mugs, and even the ability to add a fried egg to any burger.  Pretty impressive.  As is par for the course, members ordered all different types of everything so there was much sampling when the food arrived.

Egg makes it better

Burgers are served to the table in wire trays, which gave off a nice clean, simple look to it.  Burgers are served open so you can add other toppings before closing it up.  The most noticeable trait of the burgers was how green the lettuce was.  The lettuce was quality green leaf lettuce, not pale, yellow iceberg junk you can get at other burger joints, and added a nice contrast to the beef and bun.  Jalapenos were also very green, fresh cut and not soaked in brine; a real treat for anyone who like spice on their burgers.  Of course, this reflected on the high scores given to the toppings.

Sure.. add an egg

The egg buns of Smashburger may be the best thing it has going for it; the scores rated high all around.  Soft, tasty and perfectly complimenting the burger.  The patties are thin but big, protruding out of the hamburger.  I had to trim mine with some bites before I could even hit the bun.  The patties scored lower than the bun, but still high in general, compared to other places.  Some felt it was a little too greasy.

Sweet potato fries

As for the sides, the fries rated highly, in particular, the smashfries, which are rosemary spiced fries with a hint of olive oil.  The sweet potato fries received the lowest scores and the string onion rings received perfect scores.

Usually, for an HBC meeting, the scores are a mixed bag, but Smashburger may have been the most consistently scored place we’ve been to.  The atmosphere isn’t the best, but the burgers and fries are fantastic and has earned itself a place on the HBC Best of list.

Burger Club members rating their burgers

Bacon burger.. notice the fresh jalapenos

OVERALL RATING

Bun (1-10): 8.3

Patty (1-10): 7.2

Juiciness (1-5): 3.6

Toppings (1-5): 4.3

Visual (1-5): 3.8

TOTAL (35 Max): 27.2

Fries (1-5): 4.0

Onion Rings (1-5): 4.75

They sell beer! Not bad for a burger chain.

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HBC Meeting: Smashburger

July 14, 2010

Wednesday, July 14th 7:45pm
Buffalo Speedway & Bissonnet Street
5220 Buffalo Speedway
Houston, Texas 77005
713-343-0191

Come out this Wednesday for a burger and say goodbye to longtime members Dave Guezuraga and Victoria Necroto.

Dave quit his job to travel the world and the seven seas on his motorcycle, looking for his doppelganger who spoke to him in a dream and told Dave to find him somewhere in South East Asia.

Victoria is heading up to Maryland to continue her education, hang out with people with very pale skin and to walk to her car without sweating profusely from every orifice.

Although they won’t be physically present with us, we expect both to provide solo reviews of burgers they’ll consume on their travels.

Best of luck to both Dave and Victoria; carpe diem before the glaciers drown us.

Dave Guezuraga

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Hill Bar and Grill

June 4, 2010

Hill Bar & Grill in Waller, TX

Houston Burger Club made a lengthy trip to Waller, Texas to try the burgers at Hill Bar and Grill.

The 45 minute drive didn’t deter as over 20 people showed up for burgers, beers and a mechanical punching game.  Seemingly out in the middle of nowhere, Hill Bar and Grill was pretty full as we pulled up.  When we walked in, long picnic style tables lined the dining area.  We were able to secure most of us at one table while the late stragglers had to settle for a table next to the main group.  Many different burgers (some with Texas toast) and fry options are offered so selections varied.

We expected to wait some time because of the large order but that was not a problem; HB&G has a very lively environment and the pitchers of beer were cheap and served quickly so everyone was having a great time waiting.  When the food arrived, most burgers looked very appetizing.  As burgers were consumed, member started forming their opinions on all aspects of the burger.  The main positives seemed to be the quality of the toppings and the visual aesthetics of the burger.  Unfortunately, the burgers seemed to be on the dry side and the Texas toast seemed underwhelming.  The other qualities measured out in the average range.  Overall, a decent burger but a bit disappointing considering all the hype and the drive.
We hung around after the official meeting and played some pool, old school video games and punched the mechanical robot.  Weitzel managed to set the high score in the punching game with a punch measured in the high 800s while Zach had the distinction of registering a 10.  The low girl score was in the 400s.

OVERALL RATING
Bun (1-10): 6.5
Patty (1-10): 6.5
Juiciness (1-5): 2.3
Toppings (1-5): 3.5
Visual (1-5): 3.5
TOTAL (35 Max): 22.3

Fries (1-5): 2.6
Onion Rings (1-5): 5.0

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