A Burger and Bourbon - The Whiskey Cake

A classic hamburger paired with a good bourbon is a true Texas meal.  The Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar in Katy takes this combination seriously. With literally hundreds of "brown" whiskey options and the aptly named Hangover Burger, I thought I had found the right place for lunch.

The first thing you notice when you enter is the massive bar flanked with a tower of bottles. I was in awe trying to find my favorite allocated bourbon brands. They were all there, which gave me comfort. Ordering a Four Roses Single Barrel Old-Fashioned, I then built the Hangover Burger to my liking, and waited patiently (a little too long) for my server to bring out my creation.

Just as I finished the Old-Fashioned, our server brought out my burger. Trying to be a little more health-conscious these days, I made some adjustments to the burger. The meat, however, was still a brisket mix, with aged white cheddar, mayo, lettuce, and onions. I omitted the bacon, left off the tomato and pickles as usual, and substituted a sunny up egg and challah bun with egg whites and a whole wheat bun. 

The juicy and flavorful medium-cooked patty was definitely the star here, as none of the other toppings made any impression. The lackluster cheese barely melted over the patty, so the full flavor of melted cheese was missing. While firm and lightly toasted, the wheat bun was simply bland. However, the house made chips were crispy and delicious.

The Whiskey Cake is promising, with a lively atmosphere, knowledgeable mixologists, and stellar Bourbon selection. With just a little more attention, their burgers could complete the picture. I'll give them a few months before I make another visit.

Hangover Burger at The Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar in Katy, TX

Hangover Burger at The Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar in Katy, TX

Star of a Burger

When dining in France, I have observed that people don't just eat - they feast!  Each meal is a dramatic production, accented with rich flavors and classic regal presentation. One local French cafe, étoile Cuisine et Bar, offers the same experience, even with their hamburger.

This quaint French cafe in Uptown Park offers a unique take on an American classic. In-house ground beef adorned with luscious gruyere cheese melting atop a house-made brioche bun created quite a splendid hamburger. The juicy medium cooked patty was flavorful with every bite; the gruyere offered a tasty contrast that stood out, but did not over-power. The toasted brioche bun was firm, yet fluffy, and offered a hint of sweetness. I felt a tad healthier opting for a tart side salad over the frites. While the frites are quite delicious, we are now in 2018, and resolutions for the new year are still on my mind.

Service here is a little relaxed, never rushed. This mood enhances the ambiance of this local favorite. But, the food is certainly the star at étoile.

The Hamburger Fait Maison from Etoile Cuisine et Bar in Uptown Park

The Hamburger Fait Maison from Etoile Cuisine et Bar in Uptown Park

Cheers to Eating More Burgers!

Open for Lunch Daily at 11:00am; Open for Dinner Daily at 5:00pm Fri.; 1101-11 Uptown Park. $$-$$$