Small Bites, Big Bites, Big Taste

Bigger is not always better. Proof of that is evident at The Tasting Room - Uptown Park. Their Kobe Beef Sliders may be small in size, but they are big in so many ways.

Served as a trio, each Kobe beef slider patty was cooked to perfection, nicely charred on the outside with succulent juices flowing from the middle. Savory caramelized onions and cheddar cheese atop the glistening brioche bun added nice flavor contrasts. The accompanying house french fries, dusted with parsley flakes, were crunchy on the outside and tender in the middle.

What most people don’t know is that The Tasting Room has a wonderful chef-driven menu with exceptional food. I have known about their hamburger options for years, having enjoyed them while dining here with my “Burger Buddies”. Besides the Kobe beef sliders, a Tasting Room Burger is also offered. More of the same, but a larger version, the TTR Burger offers the same great taste. This version is jazzed up to include a pepper encrusted hamburger patty, which is a mixture of all beef short rib, brisket and chuck, on an onion challah bun. Talk about your flavor contrasts! Bite after bite, the burger selections at The Tasting Room are great examples of what a good hamburger experience should be.

In the interest of full disclosure, as of November, I am employed by the Corporate entity who owns The Tasting Rooms (Uptown Park & City Centre) in Houston. Yet, as I said, my burger adventures have taken me to The Tasting Room for years, and now I get to enjoy them more often.

Kobe Beef Sliders - The Tasting Room, Uptown Park

Kobe Beef Sliders - The Tasting Room, Uptown Park

Tasting Room Burger

Tasting Room Burger

Cheers to Eating More Burgers in 2019!

Open Mon. 11:00am - 10:00pm; Tues. - Wed. 11:00am - 12:00am; Thurs. - Fri. 1:00am - 10:00pm; Sat. 3:00pm - 1:00am; Sun. 3:00pm - 10:00pm;  1101-10 Uptown Park Blvd. $$

City Centre location for hours and burger menu items - https://www.tastingroomwines.com/city-centre/

Huguenot Burger - Peli Peli

Should you be craving a lunchtime burger adventure, look no further than Peli Peli in the Houston Galleria. The Huguenot Burger will definitely take you on a culinary journey. I recently enjoyed this unique take on an American Classic.

As is my preference, the meat is the main attraction on the Huguenot Burger. The frikadelle patty, which is a Northern European meatball made with beef and pork ground with onions, peppadew, cilantro and spicy biltong seasoning, made quite an impression. However, their Huguenot topping not only wins the presentation award for a stunning burger, but it adds so much flavor to the overall experience. A blend of raspberry chipotle sauce, creamy blue cheese and bacon, each ingredient complimented the other, and only added to the deliciousness of the meat. Juiciness reigned with each bite, certainly due to the nicely charred patty, and I cannot recall taking a pause during the entire meal.

The glistening toasted brioche bun held together nicely, yet was light and robust with flavor. Served with a side of their seasoned crunchy sweet potato fries, sweet and salty came together for a harmonious burger adventure. Thank you Peli Peli for being brave enough to present a hamburger that represents the culture of your heritage, and presenting a new way to enjoy a most beloved food group.

Huguenot Burger from Peli-Peli in the Houston Galleria

Huguenot Burger from Peli-Peli in the Houston Galleria

The Huguenot topping is a blend of raspberry chipotle sauce, creamy blue cheese and bacon.

The Huguenot topping is a blend of raspberry chipotle sauce, creamy blue cheese and bacon.

Cheers to Eating More Burgers!

Open Mon. - Sun.. 11:00am - 10:00pm; 5085 Westheimer Road $$-$$$