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, May 22, 2011

Little Bitty Burger Barn

Another trip for gastronomical indulgence.  I had high hopes for this little burger joint in Northwest Houston.  I needed - yes needed - a cheeseburger, so off we went to check out the Little Bitty Burger Barn.

Little Bitty Burger Barn

The place is a stereotypical dive.  Small.  Not fancy.  A few tables inside.  Additional picnic table seating outside. Order at the counter.   You know the type. Little Bitty's does actually offer many ordering options from the Basic Burger (of course!) to wings, salads, sandwiches, etc.  Again, what you'd expect from a place that has "Burger Barn" in the name. 

Menu Board

I tried the 1/4 lb. Cheeseburger ($5.25).  That's all I have to say.  Yes, that is about the extent of my thoughts on it.   The lack of exciting descriptive language might give a hint that I found the burger to be, well, pretty boring.  No pizazz.  No juiciness.  No flavorful seasons.  Just dull.  The Onion Rings were just as disappointing.  The batter didn't crunch.  And, the Rings didn't have that great sweetness that I love in an onion ring. 

1/4 lb. Cheeseburger and Onion Rings

My dining companion tried out the Ultimate Jalapeno Cheeseburger ($6.25).  Although the burger was indeed spicy, his sentiments matched mine.  Disappointing burger.  He ordered a side of the Cajun Fries, and while they had more flavor than the regular fries, tater tots, and onion rings, the fries were still limp, no zest, no crunchiness.  Just so ho-hum.  Disappointing for home-cut taters.

Ultimate Jalapeno Cheeseburger with Cajun Fries

Let me end on a couple of higher notes.  First, the Big Dog ($4.25) was big, beefy, and juicy.  It was really good!  We enjoyed the dog more than anything else we tried (even if the regular fries were a let down).

Big Dog with French Fries

Okay, so the other high note worth mentioning about Little Bitty Burger Barn is (okay,well, it's two):  Charlie's 5 Alarm Fire Burger ($7.95) and the Little Bitty Double Dare ($24.95).    The Double Dare contains 2 lbs patties topped with cheese, jalapenos, bacon, and BBQ Sauce.  If you eat the whole thing, you get a t-shirt and your picture taken for their wall. 
Order the 5 Alarm Fire Burger, and you get a hat!

Even more impressive is the....Fire Burger.  The 5 Alarm Fire Burger even comes complete with a siren sounded upon the delivery of the burger and a fireman's hat.  We actually sat next to a guy who ordered this insane burger.  In fact, it was so hot, he couldn't even finish it.  It ripped his stomach.  Two of his friends, who had also tried the Fire Burger previously, said it was THE hottest thing you can imagine.  And, from the looks of the guy eating today -- they were right.  This guy looked like he wanted to die.  So, for the non-faint-of-heart, go check out the Fire Burger.  The burgers may not be fantabulous at Little Bitty Burger Barn, but I guess if you want to challenge your gastrointestinal power, it doesn't really matter what the burger tastes like, you are just surviving!

Little Bitty Burger Barn
5503 Pinemont Drive
Houston, Texas 77092

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