Bernie's is Open (Enough Said)!

One of the most eagerly anticipated events in the Houston area has been the grand opening of the storefront for Bernie's Burger Bus in the Bellaire Triangle.  It has happened, and where would this burger blogger wanted to have been on their very first day of business?!  At their front door as their very first customer, of course. Okay, their first official day of business was Monday, June 30, but I was there on the Saturday before as the first customer of the day.  That counts as being first, right?!

Walking into the "bus stop" themed shop, I was greeted by an abundant and jubilant team. Glancing at their menu, beaming in conversation with the staff, and talking with owner Justin Turner, I took a seat in what I hope will become "my booth", and studied the school-themed menu with burgers such as "The Principal", "The Substitute", "The Bully", "Homeroom", etc.  I was sent to "The Principal" where I would encounter fresh ground Angus beef with cheese and homemade mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, thin sliced onions, shredded lettuce (my favorite) and slow roasted garlic tomatoes served on a freshly baked challah bun.  

What I noticed about "The Principal" was simply an awesome taste that began with an extremely juicy hamburger patty.  Cooked perfectly to medium, with a nice pink center and cheese covering the sides of the meat, along with the sweet flavor of the bun (grilled to perfection) and Bernie's signature ketchup (homemade Worchester version), I was whisked away to a very happy place. Bernie's grand opening was, indeed, worth the wait.

Overly excited as I was, I immediately texted my burger buddy, Scott, to get his butt over to Bernie's and join me.  As soon as I had left, he texted me back letting me know he was there.  Of course, I turned around and headed back to be present for his first Bernie's (storefront) experience. Scott and I agree that this is on our list as one of Houston's best burgers.  Add their full bar to the equation, and we look forward to more classroom time with Bernie!

Bernie's is now in session

Bernie's is now in session

The Principal

The Principal

Bernie's Back in Town (Bellaire)!

Bernie's Burger Bus has been serving old school burger awesomeness since 2010.  Bernie is everywhere.  Now there is one place where we will always find Bernie - in Bellaire!  Preparing for their April storefront opening in the Bellaire Triangle, Bernie set their Burger Bus up in the parking lot this past weekend, and plan to be there each weekend going forward until opening.  So, of course, I gathered up friends, neighbors and pets to join me for a Bernie's Burger.

My burger of choice - The Principal.  I did it simple, as I really wanted to sample and taste the flavor of Bernie's meat.  Burger with lettuce, onions, and light mayo.  The burger, handcrafted from scratch with no preservatives, is angus beef.  The buns are made fresh daily (I could definitely taste the freshness).

My take on the burger - very good.  The meat was juicy and flavorful, cooked exactly to my order of medium.  The bun was light, with a hint of sweetness, that did not overpower the burger.  Do I wish for a little more taste in the bun, yes.  But, that's my only gripe.  The rest of the group concurred - this was a great burger, and we are all excited to welcome Bernie's to the neighborhood.  One friend joining me said he thinks Bernie will give another Bellaire favorite, Bellaire Broiler Burger, some real competition with better hours and better food!  Hmmmmmm...

Josh Tucker, Director of Operations for Bernie's, sat with us telling us more about their burger, their commitment to the community, and their excitement about opening up in Bellaire.  And, since all of their condiments are homemade, we each got nice bottles of their hand-made "Small Batch Ketchup" and Chipolte Aioli to take home.  Bernie's is welcome in my house anytime, and we want Bernie to stick around for the long haul.  Welcome to Bellaire!!!

The Principal - No, I wasn't in trouble!

The Principal - No, I wasn't in trouble!

Bernie's Newest Fans, with Josh Tucker.

Bernie's Newest Fans, with Josh Tucker.

Cheers to Eating More Burgers!

RW