Saturday, September 8, 2012

Discovering Hubcap Grill

Shortly after I started working downtown (7 months ago), I heard about Hubcap Grill - home of "the best burger in Houston" - and I knew that I had to try it.  Sadly, I wasn't able to convince any of my regular lunch buddies to go there due to the five block walk. 

A few weeks ago, my mom texted me from the county courthouse, where she was waiting on her husband to be released from jury duty, and I immediately arranged to meet them for lunch.  I had the perfect place - Hubcap Grill.  Their downtown location at 1111 Prairie is between my office and the courthouse (a bit closer to the courthouse).  Perfect!  Hubcap Grill is the most unlikely looking burger place I have ever seen.  It's a tiny, cinder block building that seats maybe 12 people with an attached covered patio with additional (non-air-conditioned) seating, and it's decorated with hubcaps (surprise).  It reminded me of an old fashioned gas station, back when full service was still the norm.

Philly Cheese Steak Burger
I hear that the place is really packed between 11:30 and 1:30, so I was a little worried about dealing with the crowd. But thanks to some long-winded lawyers, we arrived after 2:00 - giving us our choice of the two tables in the main building  and just enough time to enjoy our lunch before they closed for the day at 3:00.  After asking which burger was the most popular, I ordered the Philly Cheese Steak Burger.  It was amazing - a 1/3 lb burger topped with grilled onions and peppers, ribeye shards and Swiss cheese on an in-house baked bun.  Mom and her hubby both chose the Greek Burger - with feta cheese, kalamata olives, onions, peppers, tomatoes - and claimed it to be delicious.  We shared an order of sweet potatoes, which we weren't able to finish after polishing off our burgers, and topped off our meal with bottles of root beer and cream soda.

The meal was definitely worth the long walk - and the exercise was a helpful start to burning off all the calories I consumed.  I'm ready to go back again to try that Greek Burger, so if you're in downtown Houston and you're looking for a great burger and a lunch date... give me a call!  Oh, and if you go to Hubcap Grill, make sure you take cash... they don't accept anything else.  Happy eating!