Posted: June 29, 2012 | By: John DeMers | Photo: Mark Lipczynski
We’ve been noticing a “growing”
trend among many of our best burger joints,
and in some fine-dining palaces as well. “The
higher the better” is now the rule when it
comes to burgers. Here are five of what we’ve
started calling sirloin skyscrapers. How does
your favorite burger stack up?
Farm & Sea Burger -
Triniti has an ever-changing array of
burgers at lunch, but the one called Farm & Sea comes to your table with that butter-beef, house-cured pork bacon, and even
slices of duck foie gras representing the Farm, plus tender, delicious chunks of lobster representing the Sea. There are thin sheets
of nori (Japanese seaweed) where the lettuce would normally be. Molten Gouda cheese is a nice touch, too.
2815 S. Shepherd Drive.
The Big Reubowski -
Kenny & Ziggy’s
There’s a half-pound patty of Hereford beef, plus another half-pound of thinly sliced corned
beef cured in-house for 45 days. The sauerkraut is pickled below-ground on New York’s Lower East Side, while the melted
cheese is sharp-but-creamy Emmentaler Swiss and the bun, of course, is challah. And it wouldn’t be “Reubenesque”
without Russian dressing.
2327 Post Oak Blvd.
Death by Burger -
There is braised spicy chipotle pork belly beneath melted Manchego cheese,
as well as crispy Berkshire bacon and a half-pound of beef on this bun.
Samba Grille offered a burger as
soon as they started serving lunch, then took it off because nobody ordered it. When the idea of a burger was brought
back by popular demand, it was a burger in spades, complete with sliced fried potatoes, pickled red sweet peppers and the terrific huacatay (black mint) sauce favored in Peru.
530 Texas Ave.
Kobe Beef Burger -
Max’s Wine Dive
Officially, it’s known as the Kobe beef burger with the “upgrade” of sliced avocado, Cotija cheese and habanero
Salsa.There’s a nifty half-pound of wagyu beef between these two briochy (meaning more
egg) buns from Slow Dough, but there’s also all that other good stuff mentioned, plus some terrific housepickled
jalapenos that take turns lulling you to sleep and being hot.
4720 Washington Ave.
Ginormous BLT Double-Grilled Cheese Ranch Burger -
Houston Texans Grille
When this, team-themed, royal blue and battle red eatery opened,
it seemed the burger it served needed to be, well, Texas-sized, of
course. So the chefs came up with a half-pound beef patty, lettuce and
tomato positioned between two grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches (yes, that’s four slices of Texas toast) and a
thorough dousing of ranch dressing.
12848 Queensbury Lane.