Originally posted by bookem
It is difficult to compare burgers eaten 30+ years apart. What I remember and still prefer about Kincaid's (besides the excellent beef), is that nothing was shredded or chopped. Intact iceburg lettuce peeled from the head, a solid onion slice, etc.
I ate at Lankford's only once before the Houston Chronicle "outed" them last year. I could not even find a place to park the only other time I tried to partake after that. As I recall, it was a very good but not spectacular burger. If I were to try again I would go early in the day and soon. Its once "low rent" location is now in the midst of the midtown revitalization meaning they will probably be bought out or taxed out as property values soar.
I like Jax Grill, especially when the weather is nice so I can sit on their patio. The burgers are mesquite grilled, the beer is icy cold, and they have other excellent selections.
I also like Bubbas's Texas Burger Shack for their buffalo burgers. In addition, buffalo is healthier than beef so I can add bacon and double cheese to compensate.
Man that sounds good. I've lived in Ft. Worth twice for brief periods; in 1970 I was just off Camp Bowie and apparently just a few blocks from Kincaid's and never knew of it. Aint' life grand?
What I hear you saying is not only were the patties not prefab, neither were the fixins.
I have't even been whelmed by Lankford but I hear others compare it favorably to Kincaids. I try to get there before noon, preferably before 11:30. That whole over-sized meat patty, overstuffed bun approach to burgers is not my style. I approach bbq as a carnivorous experience but a burger is a 'well-rounded meal' and I like a balance of fixins vs. meat, etc. and something manageable. Actually I like a burger that starts out the picture of neatness and perfection but gets real messy in the process of being devoured, rather than one that's falling apart as soon as it's put in front of me.
Sweet Mesquite produces mesquite grilled burgers very similar to Jax; I like the location just off FM 1092 just north of TX 6 in Missouri City but some Sweet Mesquite's have bad reps. As far as fixins and sides go between SM and Jax, it's 6 of one, half dozen of the other. Sweet Mesquite does have buffalo burgers but I haven't tried 'em.
Bubba's Texas Burger Shack hasn't impressed me, either, but I recently went into Pete's Fine Meats on Richmond hoping to get some chili and settled for a double cheeseburger instead and it was very, very good. Being a butcher shop I'm sure they grind their own meat fresh, tho I don't know that it's more often than once a day.
Thanks for your comments.