Nothing in my hamburger world is more exciting than stumbling upon a new burger find. Especially when I am not expecting to find a burger on the menu. But, such was the case recently as I was driving through the Timbergrove / Lazy Brook area of town and came across Hughie's Tavern & Vietnamese Grille.
This unassuming former Dairy Queen/Queen Burger spot is known for their Vietnamese specialties and impressive selection of craft beers. The owners came to this country in the early 1980's with a goal of sharing their family recipes and joy of fellowship with the community. They have blended both perfectly at Hughie's. With the goal of ordering the traditional Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich, my eyes focused on the Banh Mi Hamburger that was front and center on their menu. I immediately thought - the best of both worlds.
The Hughie's cheeseburger presented was breathtaking. Hand-formed, house ground angus beef, topped with all the classic Banh Mi Vietnamese vegetables - shredded pickled carrots, cucumbers, sliced fresh (potent) jalapenos, leafy lettuce - accompanied the evenly melted cheddar cheese and special Vietnamese mayonnaise, topped by a nicely grilled and fluffy bakery bun. A side of seasoned batter fries complimented the hamburger.
Eagerly taking my first bite, I was greeted with a myriad of flavors and some very spicy overtures. Juiciness sprang from the burger as fire from the fresh jalapenos hit my tongue. The Hughie's cheeseburger made quite the first impression. So much so, I have been back 3 more times in as many weeks. With friendly and impeccable service, why would I not become a regular?
Cheers to Eating More Burgers!
11a.m - 10p.m. - Mon.-Thurs. Fri.-Sat. 11a.m - 12a.m., 1802 W, 18th St.., 713-860-1830. hughiesgrille.com $