Cute Burger Chan

A recent name change at a favorite burger spot prompted a re-visit to confirm they are still a top local burger destination. I am pleased to report that Burger Chan (cute burger) in Greenway Plaza serves even better burgers than they did prior to their name change from Kuma Burger. Why their name was changed is not important. What matters most is that the burgers served remain exceptional.

The best part of any hamburger is the meat, and Burger Chan's patty is top-notch. Create your own burger, or order from three specialty options. With a 44 Farms beef patty, the charred crust keeps the juiciness in the middle where it belongs. Mine was built from a blank canvas, where I added cheddar cheese, lettuce, red onion and spicy sambol mayo atop a toasted wheat bun. Seeing that cheese melt evenly over the glistening charred patty was only outdone as I took the first bite where juices were overflowing from the center. The bun had a welcome hint of sweetness, contrasting the spicy mayo, and was grilled nicely on both sides.

The burger is served in a paper sleeve, so this experience is not a fancy one. Again, the meat is the most important part of any burger. Burger Chan understands this, and excels in the process. While hidden in the Greenway Plaza food court, this is a true burger find, and worth the trip. Plus, they validate your parking ticket for 2 hours. 

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Cheers to Eating More Burgers!

Open Daily Mon. - Fri. 7:00am - 2:00pm; 5 Greenway Plaza C-630. $

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