Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Who Started Houston's Gourmet Burger Craze?

A recent lunch at Beck's Prime made me wonder:  Who started the whole gourmet burger trend in Houston?  Beck's has been my benchmark gourmet burger for years; they opened their first store in 1985.

You, pretty burger, are responsible for all this.

Before that, I remember burgers from Prince's Drive-In and Bellaire Broiler Burger, but while good, they aren't the same sort of burgers that Beck's.  Same goes for Rosnovsky's and Someburger.  Been around forever, but they serve fast food-style burgers, albeit very good ones.

An astute Twitterer, Jennifer King, remembered that Cafe Express started around the same time period, but while they do serve burgers, I don't think they're in the same class as Beck's.

Another of the Twitterati, Joey, reminded us about Annie's on South Post Oak.  I'm a fan, but I wouldn't consider them to offer a high-end experience.

So I'll put it to the experts here:  Who started the gourmet burger craze in Houston?

8 comments:

  1. I'm going to say Fuddruckers set the tone for upscale hamburgers in the area.

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  2. Agree. Fuddruckers

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  3. Vic & Anthony's brought the $12 burger to town, before that none were over $8 bucks.

    Dream

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  4. Around 1980 my favorite burger was served up at Old Bayou Inn on Heights. I remember it was smothered in grilled onions, exceedingly messy, and almost impossible to finish... but I always did!

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  5. Hamburgers by Gourmet.
    Roznovsky's off Kirby, behind where Beck's is now.

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  6. Gourmet Hamburgers on Kirby started it.....

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  7. Hubcap Grill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Hamburgers by Gourmet was open in Houston in the mid 70s.

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