Prescription for a Burger

Galveston, Texas is known for fresh seafood, not so fresh beaches, and sun.  On a recent weekend visit to "the island", I discovered that Galveston offered up a pretty good burger in a cool little neighborhood dive, Medicinal Purposes.  While this might seem like a funny name for a bar, as well as an odd place for a burger, it all really makes sense.

As the story goes, "subsequent to Prohibition, alcohol was available in speakeasies and through bootleggers, and whiskey could be obtained by prescription from medical doctors.  While labels clearly warned that it was strictly for medicinal purposes, doctors freely wrote prescriptions with pharmacies filling them without question.  Due to it's coastal location, and a loophole allowing ships (with crew and passengers) operating 3 miles off shore to possess and consume alcohol, Galveston became a haven for the trafficking of illicit liquor & spirits."  And, thus, Medicinal Purposes was born as a tribute to Galveston's rich history.

Equipped with a full bar and pool table, the food at Medicinal Purposes Bar & Grill was a real treat. Their "Half-Pounder" with all the trimmings was a nicely prepared 1/2 ground chuck patty smothered in cheddar cheese, mixed with bacon, lettuce, onion and light mayo on a nicely toasted egg bun.  The bacon mixed inside the cheese was a nice change of pace from the standard strip placed on top of the slice.  The side of hand cut sweet potato fries was the perfect addition. While the sun made me hungry, Medicinal Purposes fed my appetite.  The prohbition inspired libation, "The True Sazarec", was my inspiration for a pretty decent game of pool.  Just what the doctor ordered.

Burger and Bourbon - Prescription Filled

Burger and Bourbon - Prescription Filled

Cheers to Eating More Burgers!

RW

Medicinal Purposes Bar & Grill 712 7th Street. Galveston, TX. medicinal-purposes-bar-and-grill.com $

 

 

The Unlikely Burger Source

I receive many recommendations as to where I should eat a hamburger.  While most point me to a likely burger spot, occassionally one comes out of left-field. A recent random suggestion was Island Grill Mediterranean Restaurant.  With several in town, I chose their Bellaire location.

This unassuming strip-center family cafe offers 3 burger options - Certified Angus Beef Burger, Buffalo Burger, and Turkey Burger.  I walked up to the counter, placed my order for the "Certified option", and went to my table to await its arrival.  Unsure of what I would be eating, how it would look, feel, or taste, my expectations were not high.  After all, how good could a burger taste from a restaurant focused on Mediterranean specialties, smoothies, and juices?  Well, I was surprised that the burger was much better than my low-expectations.

The burger was brought to my table by one of their friendly staff.  As usual, I cut it in half, and I immediately encountered steam coming from one of the juiciest looking hamburger patties I had ever seen.  The cheese melted evenly over the patty, with leafy lettuce, sliced onions and mayoniase gracing the nicely grilled whole wheat bakery bun. This looked quite good, and as impressed as I was with the steam from the heat, I wondered if the taste would match. 

First bite taken - quite good.  Hot, juicy, and nice flavor.  This was just a good simple burger on quality meat, prepared cooked-to-order.  The bun, while grilled/toasted, was soft, fluffy, and full of sweetness.  And, I enjoyed every bite that followed.  While I do not consider this a burger destination, I would not discourage you from ordering one at Island Grill.

The Certified Angus Beef burger with cheese from Island Grill

The Certified Angus Beef burger with cheese from Island Grill

Cheers to Eating More Burgers!

RW