One of the most anticipated debuts in the Houston dining scene has been B&B Butchers & Restaurant on the east end of the popular Washington Avenue strip. Specializing in custom hand cuts, including Texas-bred Wagyu beef and Japanese Kobe, the whole animal butchery also offers house-made and house-cured meats and sausages. Made-to-order sandwiches, featuring house-made deli meats, can be ordered at their street-side Butchery, but it was the Butcher Shop Burger served in the restaurant that I had come to feast on.
Ordering a hamburger at a restaurant specializing in steaks may not seem like a reasonable choice. And, I have dined at exceptional steakhouses that served merely an ordinary burger. However, this was not the case at B&B, and ordering their Butcher House Burger made for a very good lunch.
Using a mixture of prime dry aged sirloin and ribeye with ground tenderloin, producing the perfect 80/20 (lean meat to fat) mix, this was burger aristocracy. The burger was just slightly over-cooked from the medium temperature I requested, but was generously topped with an impressive beefsteak tomato slice, leafy green lettuce, Applewood smoked bacon, and white cheddar cheese evenly melted on the nicely charred patty, all perched upon an evenly grilled and sweet tasting artisan bakery potato roll. While a tad over-seasoned, the various flavors complimented one another with the variety of spices, subtle juiciness, and tangy zest. The accompanying side of fries was nicely seasoned with a crispy texture.
The burger was generous in size, and I ate every last bite, not offering to share with any of my esteemed dining companions. B&B's other hamburger offerings include Hill Country Burger (with Texas Smoked Sausage), Spiced Lamb Burger, and Truffle Burger. I look forward to trying all of the creative burgers from Benjamin Berg and his masterful team at B&B.
Burgers aside, mixologist cocktails and the decor of B&B are equally delicious. Located in a turn of the century bakery, the brick facade and interior walls presents a sleek, elegent, industrial setting in which to dine. The rooftop deck offers beautiful views of downtown Houston, which I am eager to experience at night - with or without a burger.
Cheers to Eating More Burgers!
11a.m. - 11p.m. Mon.- Wed..; 11a.m. - 12a.m. Fri. & Sat.; 11p.m. - 10p.m. Sun., 1814 Washington Ave., 713-862-1814. bbutchers.com $$-$$$