A recent birthday lunch took me to Shade in the Heights. Shade has been a staple of this quaint area for several years, but this is the first visit where I tried their hamburger. For my birthday, several friends asked where I was having a burger to celebrate, so there was no question as to what would be the lunch choice.
Shade offers their version - Grass Fed Black Hill Ranch Hamburger with lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickles on a homemade bun. Taking off the tomato, as is my custom, spreading on a light dusting of mayo, I sunk my teeth into the first bite. While grass fed beef is usually a little leaner than I prefer, I was plesantly surprised at how juicy this cooked to medium patty tasted. The bubbling cheddar cheese melted evenly across the patty adding an additional burst of juiciness. The hamburger meat was thick and flavorful, if not a little salty. I would advise the chef to dial the salt notch down to ensure that the flavor of the meat remains the focal point of this burger experience. The accompanying fries were nothing more than the battered frozen variety with seasoning sprinkled on top. Even though this burger was nicely presented, I actually expected more from Shade, given their reputation for fresh and innovative offerings. While I am glad I made their burger a part of my birthday celebration, and I cheer Shade for keeping things local with Hill Country Beef, I'll return to their more insprired dishes on future visits.
Cheers to Eating More Burgers!
Lunch & Dinner Sun.-Sat., 250 W. 19th St., 713-863-7500. shadeandcanopy.com/Shade/ $$