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Lankford Grocery

88 Dennis St., Houston, TX - (713) 522-9555
Tables are covered with vintage rose-pattern oilcloth and the plastic that covers menus is peeling off the ancient paper documents like skin off salted peanuts. The hamburger is Houston's best. Each patty is a gnarled, uneven circle with crunch to its crust and juices that ooze. Breakfasts are excellent, too.
85% Approval Rating (7 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Triple Bacon Cheeseburger

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Michael Stern - Photos (10)
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" The Lankford Cafe has the lumpiest upholstered booths in which we've ever tried to get comfortable. And it also has one of the most uneven wooden floors in any place to eat. Tables are covered with vintage rose-pattern oilcloth and the plastic that covers menus is ..."   [Read More]

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88 Dennis St., Houston, TX
(713) 522-9555

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Size matters when it comes to this triple bacon cheeseburger, but what's really important is that the meat patties upon which it's built are wonderful: hand-formed patties sizzled to crusty succulence. And it doesn't hurt that the bun is impeccably fresh and the condiments are applied with abandon.
"Size matters when it comes to this triple bacon cheeseburger, but what's really important is that the meat patties upon which it's built are wonderful: hand-formed patties sizzled to crusty succulence. And it doesn't hurt that the bun is impeccably fresh and the condiments are applied with abandon."
Michael Stern





Chilaquiles: a Tex-Mex breakfast casserole of salsa, hot peppers, fried tortilla strips, and cheese, topped with three eggs. The texture of the tortilla strips is magic, some soft and mushy, others chewy in parts and crisp at the edges. And that heap of bacon on the left is a single order.
"Chilaquiles: a Tex-Mex breakfast casserole of salsa, hot peppers, fried tortilla strips, and cheese, topped with three eggs. The texture of the tortilla strips is magic, some soft and mushy, others chewy in parts and crisp at the edges. And that heap of bacon on the left is a single order."
Michael Stern


Lankford's is a very relaxed place where regular customers come to chat as well as to eat. Regulars get up and help themselves to coffee refills.
"Lankford's is a very relaxed place where regular customers come to chat as well as to eat. Regulars get up and help themselves to coffee refills."
Michael Stern


Lankford's started serving meals in 1977, but the Lankford family opened it as a grocery store in 1940.
"Lankford's started serving meals in 1977, but the Lankford family opened it as a grocery store in 1940."
Michael Stern


Coffee is served in mismatched mugs acquired from virtually everywhere in America. This one is from a local radio station. Jane's mug was a souvenir of New York City.
"Coffee is served in mismatched mugs acquired from virtually everywhere in America. This one is from a local radio station. Jane's mug was a souvenir of New York City."
Michael Stern


Good ol' American French toast: just waiting for a spill of syrup
"Good ol' American French toast: just waiting for a spill of syrup"
Michael Stern


Outdoor dining is a pleasure at Lankford's.
"Outdoor dining is a pleasure at Lankford's."
Michael Stern


There aren't any other businesses near Lankford's, which is surrounded by town houses and apartments. Groceries are no longer available, just breakfast and lunch.
"There aren't any other businesses near Lankford's, which is surrounded by town houses and apartments. Groceries are no longer available, just breakfast and lunch."
Michael Stern


Condiments are organized in cardboard beer totes. In lieu of napkins, every table is outfitted with a roll of paper towels.
"Condiments are organized in cardboard beer totes. In lieu of napkins, every table is outfitted with a roll of paper towels."
Michael Stern


Here I am trying to at least hoist a triple bacon cheeseburger off the wrapper in which it is served. I gnawed at it plenty and still had at least a meal's worth of leftovers to take away. Jimmy Lankford told us that one customer,
"Here I am trying to at least hoist a triple bacon cheeseburger off the wrapper in which it is served. I gnawed at it plenty and still had at least a meal's worth of leftovers to take away. Jimmy Lankford told us that one customer, "a really big guy," ate three double meat cheeseburgers in a single sitting!"
Michael Stern



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