Safari Burger - Peli-Peli Galleria Houston

To find a hamburger on the menu at a least likely place is always a pleasant surprise. If I'm being honest, I was aware there would be on one on the menu at Peli-Peli Houston Galleria's location, because a co-worker insisted I join him to try it out. The revelation they serve won was still amazing though.

With a name like Safari Burger, I was surely about to embark on an exotic burger adventure. The menu description, Certified Black Angus Frikadelle (pan-fired meatballs now popular in South Africa) and cheese served with sweet potato fries, certainly alluded to that. However, it was the taste that called me home. I am not sure what spices were used, nor am I sure I really need to know. What I did experience was one of the most original tasting hamburgers I have enjoyed in quite awhile. Juicy, tender, tasty, due to the nicely charred crust prepared to order at medium temperature - served piping hot. The homemade potato bun was fluffy and moist, not dry and flaky as some tend to be. The accompanying tasty sweet potato fries were glazed with a nice layer of spices and pepper, which presented a glistening crispy texture. 

Peli-Peli presented a wonderful burger experience, taking me on a journey from the classic burger adventure. The South-African inspired decor, mixed with the owner's Jewish roots, added a nice touch to my midday meal. Cheers to eating more burgers!


Safari Burger from Peli Peli - Galleria Houston

Safari Burger from Peli Peli - Galleria Houston

Open Mon. - Sun.. 11:00am - 10:00pm; 5085 Westheimer Road $$-$$$

Night Heron Burger

A plethora of new dining spots have opened up over the last few months. Many focus on the cocktail crowd while others focus on the culinary scene. Several of the newer establishments offer both. On a recent visit to Night Heron, in the former Montrose area Lowbrow space, a valiant attempt is made to bring bar food to life.

There is no doubt that Night Heron sees itself as a bar over a restaurant. To keep everyone happy they offer food to compliment their cocktail offerings. Fortunately, one option from their bar bites menu is a hamburger.

Night Heron's Smoked Cheddar Burger is made from 44 Farms beef, leafy lettuce, red onion and cheddar cheese atop an "everything" brioche bun. Served with a side of Curry Fries (skillet fried potato wedges), the burger was a nice companion for the 1860s Manhattan I was enjoying. 44 Farms beef is really good, and there is nothing better on a burger, especially when it is prepared right. For this burger, the meat is the star, as it should be. The glistening charred crust had just a hint of smokiness that melded well with the juices flowing out of the center. Cut in half, the pink middle was a welcome sight, as my request for the burger to be cooked to medium temperature often goes ignored. Those potato wedges were addictive, and I kept snacking on them even after I was done with the burger. 

All in all, this was an enjoyable experience. If you are looking for something other than a hamburger for dinner, then I suggest Night Heron for cocktails, and then heading over to one of their other fine establishments from Agricole Hospitality for dinner. With options such as Coltivare and Revival Market, all things are possible.


Cheers to Eating More Burgers!

Open Mon. - Fri. 2:00pm - midnight; Fri - Sat. 11:00am - 2:00am; Sun. 1:00am - midnight; 1601 W. Main Street $$