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.