When we visited Jax Burgers shortly after they opened last summer, we enjoyed the restaurant and its signature burger, but felt that it just missed the mark. The hamburger patty was a bit bland and unseasoned. But we generally liked the place, and on a sunny late June afternoon we decided to visit again.
The restaurant was just as we remembered it - sparklingly clean and full of the aroma of grilled beef. The Jax logo was prominently displayed all over the restaurant, and two flat-screen TVs were displaying a couple of different sporting events.
It was time to check and see how the burger had fared after Jax settled in. We ordered at the counter, and our burger promptly arrived. We bit in, and had a surprise...
A very pleasant surprise.
We're happy to report that the previous problem we had with the burger has been addressed, and addressed well. The beef patty is still a half-pound of never frozen beef, but it's now sporting a lively seasoning of black pepper and just the right amount of salt. The bite of the pepper is front and center, and it plays a nice counterpoint to the rich flavor of the high fat content beef. There's a new swagger, and a bold, beefy flavor that is worthy of the lovingly hand-formed patty. The difference is like night and day.
The patty was griddled to a nice medium - hints of pink were still present in the center. The thickish slice of good quality American cheese was nicely melted, and the eggy bun also spent some quality time on the flat top, and the result was a gloriously oozy burger. Veggies were fresh, but not terribly crisp.
Interestingly, the burger arrived upside-down - something we can't recall ever seeing before.
We're glad to find that the staff at Jax have improved this burger, and we welcome Jax into the upper echelon of Houston burger joints.
Keep up the good work, guys!