Thanks, Bushie. I probably won’t get up to Central Texas until next spring. I sure am getting a long list of places to try; usually have just hit the bbq joints in the past [:p][;)]. I’m having fond memories of Holiday House.
Hermitt, I gave you some bad information about the Holiday House Airport location. It’s closed, and apparently has been for quite awhile (guess I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I drove that section of Airport [:I] ) It’s now a convenience store.
After seeing it closed this weekend, I called the Tarrytown one this morning. It’s still open until May or June of next year, and they’re opening a new one on Bee Caves near Walsh Tarlton. That is supposed to open in a week or two.
Actually, I don’t, but I did make a generalization in my post above that I shouldn’t have. Forgive me.
Hermitt, the one on Airport is still open.
Holiday House – there’s a name I haven’t heard in years, and I used to live just a few blocks from the one in Tarrytown. Where’s the other one that’s still open? I’ll have to visit on my next trip to Austin.
I try to get out to the Frisco shop on Burnet every now and then also; I still like the Frisco burger.
Funny, this left-winger doesn’t take right-wingers seriously because you equate anyone who doesn’t agree with you with fringe idiots like PETA. But that’s another topic.
Maynerd, yes the Holiday House in Tarrytown is planning to close.
To give you people an idea of what PETA is really about: the owner of the shopping center (the aforementioned veggie who lives in Houston, btw), refused to let a tenent exterminate the ants that had infested her shop. She insisted that the owner RELOCATE the ants. And y’all wonder why we right-wingers don’t take you left-wingers seriously.
The shop on Burnet, Maynerd, is still called "The Frisco". It’s still one of the best places for breakfast in Austin.
Here’s a few in Texas I like in addition to what has been mentioned:
Holiday House in Austin. Cooked over open flame.The #2 with grated cheddar cheese and mayo is fantastic. Best onion rings me thinks (thin and crisp). Go there soon. Only 2 locations left and one is in a shopping center owned by a rabid vegetarian that has closed other businesses that sold meat products.
Update: I just saw a report on Fox news last night about the shopping center owned by the vegetarian. The Shopping center has an ant problem. But the owner won’t let the tennants kill the ants, she wants the ants to be diverted around the shopping center! This location is destined to close soon. A shame. Been in that location for over 30 years.
Rose’s in Dallas. Good luck finding this place. Took me 2 years. Wasn’t sure if this place even existed. Phone number not listed. Open for lunch only Monday-Saturday. I had read that several local chefs thought these were the best burgers in Dallas. It’s on Greenville Ave. just north of Yale in a dark red building that looks like an abandoned house. You enter from the back. You get a choice of hamburger or cheeseburger and mustard or mayo.(comes with veggies) That’s it. Suggest you try not to order anything fancy! No fries, just grab a bag of chips and a cola from the fridge. Pay as you leave. This place is small, dark, has low ceilings and mismatched furniture. It’s a trip!
Night Hawk on Burnet road in Austin.The same Nigh Hawk that sells frozen food entrees in the supermarket. Really a small steak house, but has a diner feel. Used to be part of a local chain of steak houses. It is known for it’s "Frisco" burger.Has a big neon sign of a burger out front.
If y’all ever make it to Plano there’s a great little hamburger place called JC’s Burger House. It’s been around for years. They make great jalapeno cheeseburgers.
Hermit – I agree with you about Jax grill. We usually go there at least once a week for lunch. It always amazes me how they can have such an extensive menu and still move the hordes of people so fast!
I like to get the Bellaire basket, chicken fried chicken strips with fries and gravy[:p]
Their crab bisque is also delicious along with a baked potato or a salad.
Here in Beaumont, we have the Novrozsky’s chain with locations in Nederland and in Bridge City as well. Great burgers with other stuff, good CFS, shrimp poboys, chicken strips, catfish, onion rings, fried mushrooms, boudain balls, sweet potato fries, tuna steak, mahimahi, and turkey and buffalo burgers.
Get there early. Guy’s only smokes 200 burgers a day, Tues thru Fri; starts serving them at 11am, usually runs out by 1pm. Because they’re smoked in advance (along with the days bbq production) they lack that ‘fresh and hot off the grill’ appeal, but still one of the better burgers in the Houston area.
Cue is good too, especially the sausage, which they make on premises. Ribs are okay; brisket tends to be a little too dry (they trim too much fat).
I agree with your comments on Roznovsky’s; I’ve never been impressed, going back to the 70s when they were located in that former church and all the rage. Cook’s other recs in the Houston area: Bellaire Broiler Burger, Tookie’s in Seabrook (currently 2 stars) and Jax Grill on N. Shepherd, 2 blocks south of I-10. The only one I agree with is Jax.
I don’t know if it’s still open (went only once and haven’t been in 3 years or so) but Bear’s in Alvin does a burger in line with the Lankford/Guy’s/Kincaid’s oversized meat patty genre (Clara Peller would be so happy). That’s not really my style of burger.
Best burger I’ve had in years was at Timbo’s in Spring Branch. Unfortunately, this is the Spring Branch north of San Antonio on US 281, not the one on the west side of Houston. Former employees of Little Hipps in San Antonio opened the place earlier this year after Little Hipps closed.
Has anyone tried Adrians, the place raved about in the Press about 4 months ago?
Thanks Dozer! that doesn’t look too far from our office in the Heights, and we are always looking for a new and intersting place for lunch.
I need to recommend the Yale street Grill and Pharmacy to you (19th & Yale in the Heights). It is the original drug store soda counter and grill built there. The pharmacy part is a gift shop now, but the grill is original. It is popular with the local residents and office workers. The waitresses know many people by name, and call everyone "hun" and "dear".
You have to get the patty melt and a 1/2&1/2 order of fries and onion rings.
5410 Mulvey St
From Downtown, take I-10 east to Lockwood, go north on Lockwood to Mulvey St.
And yes, that is not the best part of town. Part of why I want to really try it out.
I heard about it in "A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in Houston." It was listed as one of the top 10 burgers in h-town, along with Lankford, Bellaire Broiler, etc… That book is an interesting read; I don’t agree with it on many occasions, but it does offer a comprehensive list, many of which I have never visited or even hear of!
Where is the Lockwood Malt Shop? I’ve never heard of it, but it sounds interesting..
Lone Star –
Haven’t tried Guy’s Meat Market. I’ll put it on my list.
Just tried Roznovsky’s, on TC Jester this past Saturday. Apparently it is Alison Cook’s (Chronicle Reviewer) favorite burger spot. I was unimpressed. The burgers are skillet cooked, not grilled, and the burger was tiny. Price was really low, so maybe to compare apples to apples I should have gone with the double meat cheeseburger. Horrible onion rings.
I’ll try Guy’s Meat, and Lockwood Malt Shop is on my list.
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