Farm-to-Market Road Burger

Burgers seem to be the food of the day in the Heights area, as new great finds are popping up in the Washington Avenue corridor. FM Kitchen is the brainchild of Ryan Hildebrandt, and his talent is on full display at this casual spot featuring drinks, food, music, and a huge patio with a variety of games including ping-pong and shuffle board.

The food is the true star at FM Kitchen. From salads and chicken sandwiches, to great tasting burgers, the food has been consistently good on each visit. The burger is simple and uncomplicated, yet the taste is exceptional. The hand-made patty is topped with Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Shhh Sauce. The fries look ordinary, but they are perfection in a cardboard container. The salty coating creates a tasty crispy texture with a tender middle. Once I devoured my order, I found myself stealing fries from my lunch partner. They are that good.

The service is friendly and attentive. The interior seating area is open, clean and sleek with industrial elements. The outdoor seating area is vast with covered and un-covered tables flanked by games and a music area with sand on the ground. If you are in the mood for a drink, FM Kitchen serves creative craft cocktails and a more than ample whiskey selection.  While they tend to get crowded for dinner, lunch is less busy, and is my favorite time to stop by for a darn good burger.

FM Burger @ FM Burger

FM Burger @ FM Burger

Cheers to Eating More Burgers!

11:00am - 10:00pm Sun. - Fri.; 1112 N. Shepherd Dr. $-$$

Let's Play (Burger) Ball

The Houston Heights has gained many new burgers spots recently, with Balls Out Burger as one of the new additions. There premise is a simple one - serving up cooked-to-order single and double hamburgers using local sources in a casual setting focusing on a vast outdoor seating and entertainment area.  I, for one, could not wait to experience my first Balls Out.

It took a little longer that expected to have my burger brought out after I placed my order at the counter; however, it was a beautiful sunny day, so I enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time outdoors with a burger buddy and meaningful conversation.  When my cheeseburger and fries were brought out, the presentation was underwhelming. But, that does not always lend to a bad burger experience.

The glistening bun was nicely grilled on both sides. Yet that was overshadowed by the wilted leafy lettuce flanking the bun. As I took the first bite, I experience a bland over-cooked tasting burger with little noticeable seasoning. The texture was dry with no juices flowing, but the slice of cheese did help some. The thin cut fries were evenly sprinkled with pepper, with an average taste and texture. Overall, I was extremely disappointed in Balls Out Burger. I realize they had only been open a couple of weeks when I made my visit, so I will do a follow-up visit soon, where I hope to have a better burger adventure.

Balls Out Single Cheeseburger

Balls Out Single Cheeseburger

Cheers to Eating More Burgers!

11:00am - 10:00pm Sun. - Thurs., 11:00am - 11:00pm Fri. - Sat.; 1603 N. Durham Dr. $