Night Heron Burger

A plethora of new dining spots have opened up over the last few months. Many focus on the cocktail crowd while others focus on the culinary scene. Several of the newer establishments offer both. On a recent visit to Night Heron, in the former Montrose area Lowbrow space, a valiant attempt is made to bring bar food to life.

There is no doubt that Night Heron sees itself as a bar over a restaurant. To keep everyone happy they offer food to compliment their cocktail offerings. Fortunately, one option from their bar bites menu is a hamburger.

Night Heron's Smoked Cheddar Burger is made from 44 Farms beef, leafy lettuce, red onion and cheddar cheese atop an "everything" brioche bun. Served with a side of Curry Fries (skillet fried potato wedges), the burger was a nice companion for the 1860s Manhattan I was enjoying. 44 Farms beef is really good, and there is nothing better on a burger, especially when it is prepared right. For this burger, the meat is the star, as it should be. The glistening charred crust had just a hint of smokiness that melded well with the juices flowing out of the center. Cut in half, the pink middle was a welcome sight, as my request for the burger to be cooked to medium temperature often goes ignored. Those potato wedges were addictive, and I kept snacking on them even after I was done with the burger. 

All in all, this was an enjoyable experience. If you are looking for something other than a hamburger for dinner, then I suggest Night Heron for cocktails, and then heading over to one of their other fine establishments from Agricole Hospitality for dinner. With options such as Coltivare and Revival Market, all things are possible.


Cheers to Eating More Burgers!

Open Mon. - Fri. 2:00pm - midnight; Fri - Sat. 11:00am - 2:00am; Sun. 1:00am - midnight; 1601 W. Main Street $$

Post Oak Burger - Craft F&B

Southern charm is alive and well in Houston, and in an unlikely place - The Post Oak. Tilman Fertitta recently unveiled this luxury crown jewel from the Landry's world of hospitality. Look beyond the glamour and the glitz, and you will see impeccable friendly service, great food, and the hidden gem that is Craft F&B.

Craft F&B is where you to go relax and enjoy comfort food and beverages. Creative appetizers, handcrafted or Neapolitan style pizzas, and salads highlight their menu, but burgers are the main attraction. With six hamburger options, I ordered The #1, which I found aptly named. This 1/2 lb. 100% American beef burger is prepared and served with two patties in what is commonly called smash-style. Yet, apparent in the photo below, this burger was anything but smashed. When you think Tilman Fertitta, like his burgers, you think "go big or go home".

The burger was impressive upon its arrival. Topped high with shredded lettuce, evenly melted cheese, tomato, house pickles, and secret sauce, The #1 was quite a sight to behold. Wrapping my mouth around that burger, I took the first bite where a savory explosion of flavors greeted my tastebuds. The meat was nicely charred, which created nice thin juicy patties. The brioche bun added a hint of sweetness for a nice contrast in tastes. While the burger was quite large, I somehow managed to eat every morsel until it was gone. 

Only the memory of a delicious hamburger experience remains. That can be resolved by a return visit, which will happen very soon, this time sitting in their popular outdoor seating area sipping potent “Craft” cocktails.

 Craft F&B's Classic Burger @ The Post Oak

Craft F&B's Classic Burger @ The Post Oak

Cheers to Eating More Burgers!

Open Sun. - Thurs. 11:00am - 11:00pm; Fri - Sat. 11:00am - midnight; The Post Oak - 1600 West Loop South, Main Lobby $$