Devouring Houston: Exploring Houston One Bite at a time

Houston has so many incredible food establishments...from sumptuously designed restaurants to fun storefronts selling gourmet cookies. From Mexican Food Carts to the Best BBQ in the World. And...I want to expore it one bite at a time.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Burger Shack

If you know me, in addition to loving cupcaked and chocolate, you know my next favorite thing is a good cheeseburger.  I had heard that The Burger Shack in West Houston made a mean burger.  And, that means....a mandatory trip.

The Burger Shack is a no frills burger eatery.  It is not so much a shack, but a simple burger dive. Patties are homemade and the fries and onion rings are hand cut as well.  I had high expectations for this burger mecca.

The Burger Shack

A dining companion ordered the Chili Cheese Dawg.  Okay, not so much a burger, but a delectable choice nonetheless.  It was a plump, juicy, beefy dog, surrounded by fairly good beefy chili and ooey, gooey, melty cheese.  The bun was fairly soft (but hard to cut with a fork).  The dish was good.  We paired it with their beer battered onion rings.  The rings were tender, fresh.  Thin strips of fried onions.  (Chili Cheese Dog - $3.75.  Onion Rings - $2.60).  Good start.

Chili Cheese Dawg with Beer Battered Onion Rings

Next up, the Spicy Southwest Cheeseburger ($5.75).  The burger had tons of flavor, but was a little over cooked, leaving it dry.  It wasn't so much spicy either -- more like a burger with some jalapenos thrown on it.  We paired the burger with a side of the seasoned curly fries ($2.60) -- which I think were voted our favorite item of the meal.  They were crispy on the outside, soft inside with a great seasoning coating them.

Spicy Southwest Burger and Seasoned Curly Fries

Finally, our table sampled the Shack Salad with Grilled Chicken ($4.50 salad + $2.99 for chicken).  Shredded iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, banana peppers, bacon, and sliced onion.  The chicken was a little dry and the veggies weren't super fresh.  Although, I did love the addition of the banana peppers.  The salad was pre-made.  I guess it was fine for a "burger joint," but I did expect a tad more.

Shack Salad with Grilled Chicken

The Burger Shack
14741 Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77079

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