The upscale Houston Galleria area sports more than one upscale burger establishment, and The Burger Palace on Sage has occupied this niche for several years. “The Palace” features Kobe-style Akaushi beef (pronounced ah-ka-oo-shee), which has a higher fat content than normal beef. Their menu includes a variety of specialty burgers, chicken sandwiches, sliders, and hot dogs; something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Though the Spicy Vietnamese burger with cilantro, cucumbers, jalapeno, and Sriracha looked interesting, I chose the French Connection burger with brie, crimini mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, and spinach. Lunch mates chose the chicken sandwich and the Ultimate Grilled Cheese with bacon, which is a comfort-food favorite. A glitch in the kitchen meant my burger was last to arrive, but “Good things come to those who wait!”
Classic flavor combinations like bacon and cheddar or mushroom and Swiss cheese are a known-quantity around here, and venturing outside that comfort zone paid off. The creamy brie cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and earthy mushrooms went together beautifully. I’ve long been a big fan of the sweeter taste of baby spinach as well. My burger was cooked nicely, and the pillow-top bun didn’t fall apart (kudos). The Akaushi beef had a very nice flavor and was juicy from beginning to end.
The service at The Burger Palace was a little lacking, and pay no attention to the forgettable tempura battered onion rings. But if you’re on a mission to find great burgers in Houston, The Burger Palace deserves a visit.