The Chalkboard Menu
Take the "Shipley" Burger ($8): Cheddar, Provolone, Onion Bacon Jam, served on a Shipley's Glazed Donut. The premise, of course, is the salty with the sweet. I liked the idea, but my Shipley's donut didn't seem all that fresh, but maybe that is what happens when you put a big old beef patty on it. The cheeses were Divine (and from Houston Dairymaids). The Onion Bacon Jam was amazing!! I loved it -- that alone with the cheddar and provolone was all I needed. The hamburger patty was dry, yet greasy, and not that much flavor. Bland. As far as a donut for a bun, I think I would have enjoyed the burger more with a traditional bun. But, I'm a purist.
The Shipley Burger
One of my dining partners had the Lancaster ($8): Sauteed mushrooms, onion, bacon, Swiss, and dijonaise. His review was pretty unenthusiastic saying the bun and patty were both bland.
The Lancaster Burger
The fries ("Brussels" - Belgian Fries served with your choice of 2 sauces) and the onion rings ("Omaha" - Buttermilk Tabasco onion strings) (both $3 each) were pretty darn cute served in mini fry baskets with faux newspaper. They were both fairly good. Not the best ever, but definitely not the worst. I sampled the house ketchup (too sweet) and the 3 Herb Ranch (very good).
Belgian Fries and Onion Strings
- Their fountains sodas are made with Real Imperial Sugar. Ahhhhh! Outstanding!
- Their hotdogs are huge, beefy, and delicious. The hotdog buns were soft and scrumptious.
-The Salted Caramel Milkshake ($3 for a half -- which was huge!) was Heavenly! I. Couldn't. Stop. Drinking. It. I may go back JUST for this Salted Caramel Milkshake. Really. It was THAT good.
For the 3 highlighted items, the trip is worth going back. For a burger, though, I will probably go somewhere else for a juicy, seasoned burger. Unless, of course, the burger comes with the milkshake.
12225 Westheimer (near Dairy Ashford)
Houston, Texas 77077
(fyi: closed Sundays)