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Which places are ideal for family members (with wheelchair accessibility) and which places are ideal for friends in their 20s?

I went to beer and burgers joint outside of Houston and it was more like a truck stop than anything else. The people were friendly but the only seats available were bar stools! :lol:

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Both, Longhorn Cafe and Frank's Pizza (yes pizza) have excellent burgers and are downtown. Unfortunately, I don't think either is wheelchair friendly due to the ages of their buildings.

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My favorite burger is Goode Company's Mesquite Grill (you know, the taqueria at the corner of Westpark and Kirby). Parking is a PITA and there's not much seating except for the patio which is only semi-climate-controlled, but a mesquite-grilled burger is hard to beat flavor-wise. The set up is build-your-own similar to Fuddrucker's, but you can grab a beer from the cooler while you're waiting in line to order like at other Goode places.

The clientele is very West U, so whether you think that's good or bad, that's what you get.

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A couple I've had lately that are good were at Bellaire Broiler Burger (chili cheese burger) and Beck's Prime (blue burger).

I wasn't overly impressed with Someburger (Heights or the ultra-religious Baytown location), Christian's, Lankford's, Southwells, Tookie's (Seabrook), or Prince's (all decent, just didn't stand out).

I haven't been to Bubba's in years - I need to go back...and I'll be checking out Smashburger, too.

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edit - has anyone been to Poppa Burger on N Main?

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Bellaire Broiler Burger is great, but the best burger in town at this very instant is served at the Barnaby's on Fairview. They have a ramp, too.

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i'm gonna give an average rating to bbb and to frank's. i would rate barnaby's and market square b&g significantly better.

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Beck's is my favorite burger because they actually grill it I think, instead of griddle. I like the one at Memorial Park. The Kirby one is a bit hectic with the construction right now.

I also like Bubba's. Both of them. Bubba's Texas Burger Shack on Westpark by 59/S. Rice has good buffalo burgers and great atmosphere if you like shack style dining. Bubbas on Westcott/Washington is fun too, although service can take hours or years because most waitresses have been working there for 40 years (literally) and either forget or don't care about you.

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I love burgers but I've never really been blown away by one...weird

Been everywhere here mentioned but Lankford

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I haven't lived in Houston since the mid '90's . . . but Sparkle's Burger Spot anyone?

Big, greasy cheeseburgers $3; chili cheese $4.

A Houstonian's burger joint for sure.

I'll be in town in mid January for business and look forward to getting away from the snow and ice and getting me a Sparkle's burger (Leeland and Dowling).

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I haven't been to a lot of places mentioned. I like Lankford's and Christian's. Beck's is solid too. However, the best in town for me is at Amazon Grill. It is a great burger. It has a little different flavor then the average burger too.

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Never been to Sparkle's, but it's on the list (along with Cream-Burger, which, after all my years at UH and then some, I never got around to... :unsure: ).

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Never been to Sparkle's, but it's on the list (along with Cream-Burger, which, after all my years at UH and then some, I never got around to... :unsure: ).

I'll also visit UH when I come to town.

Love walking around the campus of my alma mater. I also like to see how my small donations get spent. :D

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I love Bellaire Broiler Burger. My family went there so much when I was growing up, and I love that it hasn't really changed that much.

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Has anyone ever been to Burger Park?

It's on MLK (aka south park) just south of 610.

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Has anyone ever been to Burger Park?

It's on MLK (aka south park) just south of 610.

isnt this where they have the slushies? if so they are pretty good.

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I'll add another vote for Bellaire Broiler Burger - certainly best value. But if you want the absolute best cheeseburger in the city, I have to agree with the recent Ultimate Houston section editors at the Chronicle: Amazon on Kirby. Cordua's next venture needs to be a chain of burger stands...

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To be fair, Beck's Prime does have some good food, burger and otherwise, but I am chain-averse. ;)

:D

Lucky Burger is a burger-Chinese fusion joint, if you can wrap your head around that.

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A couple I've had lately that are good were at Bellaire Broiler Burger (chili cheese burger) and Beck's Prime (blue burger).

I wasn't overly impressed with Someburger (Heights or the ultra-religious Baytown location), Christian's, Lankford's, Southwells, Tookie's (Seabrook), or Prince's (all decent, just didn't stand out).

I haven't been to Bubba's in years - I need to go back...and I'll be checking out Smashburger, too.

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edit - has anyone been to Poppa Burger on N Main?

I go to Poppa Burger once in a while. It's OK, but there are plenty of better places around town for a burger. The burgers are smaller than most of the places you listed, and if you weren't impressed with Lankford, you're probably not going to be adding Poppa Burger to the regular rotation any time soon. But it's worth a visit purely from a historical standpoint, as I believe it's been there for close to 45 years.

Add my vote to the list of those who mentioned Sparkle's on Dowling (and be sure and check out the chicken mole tacos at Brothers Taco House across the street too). I'll always have a soft spot for the Hickory Cheeseburger at Beck's, and I'm eagerly awaiting the Fatburger that's supposed to open near the Target on Taylor. Would love to see an In-N-Out in Houston, but I'm afraid spreading the franchise too far outside California might screw up what's good about that place.

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My favs would be Christian's (Washington location only), Lankford, Sparkle's, Someburger, Blake's on Jeanetta and Little Bitty Burger Barn on Pinemont.

LBBB has a kids eat free Wednesday deal and there is a ramp; they're super friendly but it's tiny (it's a doublewide) so not good for a large group.

Blake's website seems to have been taken down; besides good burgers and chili there's great homemade cakes and Hank's Ice Cream, but the bbq is mediocre. There's no ramp but I don't think one would be necessary.

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looks like the chron is in action again...

best burger

1. Hubcap Grill's cheeseburger, as per above. (Hubcap Grill, 1111 Prairie St., 713-223-5885. Breakfast & lunch only.)

2. Sparkle Hamburger Spot's cheeseburger and chili cheeseburger. (Sparkle's Hamburger Spot, 1515 Dowling St. @ Leeland, 713-225-8044. Close 7:30 pm M-F; 5 pm Sat.)

3. Bubba's Texas Burger Shack's juicy buffalo cheeseburger. (5230 Westpark Dr., 713-661-1622)

4. Stanton's City Bites' cheeseburger. (1420 Edwards @ Houston Ave., 713-227-4893)

5. Wunsche Brothers Cafe's cheeseburger. (103 Midway, Spring, 281-350-1902)

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looks like the chron is in action again...

best burger

1. Hubcap Grill's cheeseburger, as per above. (Hubcap Grill, 1111 Prairie St., 713-223-5885. Breakfast & lunch only.)

2. Sparkle Hamburger Spot's cheeseburger and chili cheeseburger. (Sparkle's Hamburger Spot, 1515 Dowling St. @ Leeland, 713-225-8044. Close 7:30 pm M-F; 5 pm Sat.)

I can attest to the Sparkle Burger. Yum! Probably the best I've had in the city since the old Roznovskys. Sparkle is the bright blue shack, and they get lots of business.

For urban-sensitive types, it's on an old corner in an old neighborhood, and if it looks scary like because black men are loitering around, they're waiting for their orders, not panhandling. ;)

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Probably the best I've had in the city since the old Roznovskys.

Isn't Roznovskys still there? TC Jester & 34th

I second the vote for the cheeseburger at Miller Cafe on Shepard.

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I love a good greasy burger at Blancos, along with a side of cheese fries! Mmmmm!

Blancos only serves food on the week days I think, and its primary function is a country western bar. Its located near the NW corner of Buffalo Speedway and West Alabama.

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I'm amazed nobody has brought up Champ Burger on Sampson, about a mile east of downtown. They make a killer bacon cheeseburger. They use a heaping mound of nice thick juicy bacon, too, giving the burger an unbeatable mouthfeel--assuming you can get your mouth around it. Get a side of onion rings. You won't regret it.

There's a taco trailer on Canal east of Lockwood that makes their standard cheeseburger with a slice of pan fried ham, avocado, and green salsa, with buns that are practically basted in grease. It's pretty darn good. For a side, they give you a cup of beans dripping in bacon fat; by mass, the beans are mostly just juice, and if you eat the beans and let the cup sit for any amount of time, it jells up solid. Needless to say, there's good flavor there.

I haven't tried Sparkle's but apparently it needs to go on my list. Also in the East End, John's Boiler Burger is kind of a disappointment. There's nothing wrong with it except that it is garden variety stuff at Champ Burger pricing.

When I worked off of the North Loop years ago, Roznovsky's was a twice-per-week pilgrimage. Miller's was a little further and was more expensive, but quality was better; they have a location in Smith Tower in the Texas Medical Center, too, and it is relatively faithful to the original. Someburger was worth going to every once in a while to provide variety, and they do remind me of Champ Burger, except that Champ is better managed, gives better portions, doesn't take as long, and has a nice well-landscaped outdoor patio area.

Bubba's is OK, but doesn't stand up to its reputation. Bellaire Boiler Burger is awesome.

Two medium-to-high-priced burger places I like are Southwell's and the Cliff's on Fountainview.

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I like Skeeters (there is one at Gulfgate now) or Annies (S. Post Oak)...there was one I went to with friends from work, was an old little hamburger shack, off MLK, I think...one of the best burgers I ever ate came from there, but don't know the name, may be the one you guys are talking about, above posts.

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I like Skeeters (there is one at Gulfgate now) or Annies (S. Post Oak)...there was one I went to with friends from work, was an old little hamburger shack, off MLK, I think...one of the best burgers I ever ate came from there, but don't know the name, may be the one you guys are talking about, above posts.

I always mean to check out Annie's, but I always forget when it comes time to go somewhere...

Was the place on MLK near 610? It might have been Burger Park.

There is (was?) also a Burgers n More at Reed Rd.

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I always mean to check out Annie's, but I always forget when it comes time to go somewhere...

Was the place on MLK near 610? It might have been Burger Park.

There is (was?) also a Burgers n More at Reed Rd.

Don't know, will ask my friend new time I talk to her. Wasn't too close to 610, may be closer to 288...not a fancy place, had an order at the window, and a walk in room. May have had red? poles, outside, looked like it could have been an ice cream place, a long time ago. Sound familiar to anyone?

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I like your list Albert.

Any old timers remember a place in the Village called Burgerville? My mouth would start watering just at the thought of getting a burger there. I practically lived off those burgers for a while. I don't know why it was so good. Wasn't anything fancy but man were they good. :P

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Any old timers remember a place in the Village called Burgerville?

It was Burgerville #2. Whether a Burgerville #1 ever existed, and what became of it if so, is one of those nagging questions that no one I've talked to has ever been able to answer.

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It was Burgerville #2. Whether a Burgerville #1 ever existed, and what became of it if so, is one of those nagging questions that no one I've talked to has ever been able to answer.

LOL. Your right. It was #2. I remember inquiring about #1 and seems like they told me they closed it shortly after opening the one in the Village but never bothered to change the menu or the sign. To bad there was no #3.

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Isn't Roznovskys still there? TC Jester & 34th

I second the vote for the cheeseburger at Miller Cafe on Shepard.

Roznovsky's is still there but I wouldn't recommend it. Thin, frozen patty, not juicy, and nothing special at all. May as well go to McDonalds. I live down the street, and try it every so often but finally gave up.

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Which places are ideal for family members (with wheelchair accessibility) and which places are ideal for friends in their 20s?

I went to beer and burgers joint outside of Houston and it was more like a truck stop than anything else. The people were friendly but the only seats available were bar stools! :lol:

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Try Pappys for burgers, they are on I10 feeder road going east between Echo Lane and Voss. Great burgers, at a fair price. Buns are to die for. It is a good not well known place, sort of out of site with the elevated I10 post construction. It is a little congested and small so a wheelchair would have to navigate carefully but it will work fine. I hightly recommend it for Burgers or most anything else on the menu. It is a casual eating place in town but more upscale they the ones you mentioned. Give it a try.

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Which places are ideal for family members (with wheelchair accessibility) and which places are ideal for friends in their 20s?

I went to beer and burgers joint outside of Houston and it was more like a truck stop than anything else. The people were friendly but the only seats available were bar stools! :lol:

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Not only does Sam's Deli Diner fill all of those requirements, it has the best burgers in town without question.

They're in a new location now on Wilcrest at I-10 but their burgers are as good as ever. My personal favorite is the jalapeno cheeseburger and a mint chocolate shake (made with Blue Bell ice cream, natch!). Give them a shot and you'll be hooked. :wub:

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Not only does Sam's Deli Diner fill all of those requirements, it has the best burgers in town without question.

They're in a new location now on Wilcrest at I-10 but their burgers are as good as ever. My personal favorite is the jalapeno cheeseburger and a mint chocolate shake (made with Blue Bell ice cream, natch!). Give them a shot and you'll be hooked. :wub:

I used to work near their original location. Its passable, but I wasn't all that impressed, really, and only went a few times.

Their double bacon cheeseburger with a side of onion rings doesn't hold a candle to Champ Burger.

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We went to Miller's on Shepherd today, it was decent. Same griddle-cooked, poppy-seed bun style as both Bubba's, must be a Texas thing.

I did go to Amazon recently, their burger is still awesome. There and Beck's are my places right now. My problem is I like grill-cooked, not griddle, and most places don't do that. So please tell me about some places that use fire that I don't know about!

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