Burger report: Pappas Bar-B-Q

We were finally able to sample Pappas Bar-B-Q’s burgers today after an aborted attempt earlier this week. It seems that not only do certain locations not serve burgers, which we found out about two weeks ago when we tried to go to the location on S. Main near Reliant Stadium, but even those that do don’t serve them all the time, as we found out this week. The location on San Jacinto at Pierce, downtown, only serves them after 2:00 p.m. during the week, so imagine our disappointment when we went there for lunch at noon on Wednesday and couldn’t get them.

However, the third time was the charm, and we finally got burgers at the location on 59 near Beechnut today. Mom, Dan, and I all sampled them, and we all give them a thumbs-up rating. The patties, in particular were very good, and the cheeseburgers had a nice amount of cheese on them. The buns were nothing special; in fact, they were the same buns that they use for the barbecue sandwiches, so they’re really just bland Texas barbecue buns, but the patties made up for it. They were juicy and thick and well-cooked. The condiments were a little skimpy for my taste, other than the cheese, but overall it was a very good burger. Those of us who had tried Prince’s rated it higher than Prince’s, although we also all agreed that these were not “best burger ever” burgers.

Other places we plan to try: Lankford’s Grocery in Midtown; Avalon Diner (although we’ve been many times, this time is for official research purposes); and if there’s time (i.e., if the baby doesn’t cut short our research), Cue’s Burgers in SW Houston and Bellaire Broiler Burger.

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