One great thing about the Houston Heights is the number of exceptional and unique restaurants and bars. I love eating and shopping local, and this area gives me that opportunity in great quantities. Garden Oaks is an quaint neighborhood just north of the Heights. One such find, tucked away in the corner of an updated 43rd Street strip center, is "Plonk! Wine and Beer Bistro", a place that many friends had been to, but we had not. For sometime, I had been wanting to experience this place named for a term that means "derogatory wine" - indeed, my visit here was anything but derogatory!
Yes, I had heard they made a very good burger, so I was not one to try something else. While we started with wine (Malbec for me, Pinot Grigio for Susan), along with a Scallops appetizer, I ordered the $14 Guanciale Burger - Hand-Formed Angus Beef Patty, Niman Ranch Guanciale, Gruyere Cheese & Caramelized Onions on their signature Shallot Bun served with BAKED! Sweet Potato Fries! While I was doing my usual photography, Susan cut hers in half, and commented on the juiciness of the burger. So, I really couldn't wait for my first bite.
My first bite taken, I enjoyed the taste, but felt there was something missing, which I kept commenting on to Susan. The meat was cooked perfectly, it was juicy, the bun, caramelized onions, cheeses and Guanciale proved quite flavorful, but the meat itself was not overly "biting". But, once dipping into the side of the accompanying secret sauce, I GOT IT! That was the missing piece. To fully experience the meat and dipping it into the sauce for a true compliment of aromas, tastes, and flavor. From that point on, I just took bite after bite. And, those sweet potato fries - hand cut sweet potatoes with cayenne pepper and molasses were the most incredible ones I had ever eaten! EVER EVER! (No, this is not a Taylor Swift song!) Just take a look below.
So, there are a lot of great things to say about Plonk! But, since this is a burger blog, I've told you about the burger. When you go to try it out for yourself, you can see all the other cool things about Plonk!
Cheers to Eating More Burgers!