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Chili Burger at Houston's (Saturdays only)

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Chili Burger at Houston's (Saturdays only)

Eric Eto | May 19, 2006 03:43 PM

Every once in a while, I find myself at Houston's (the one on 3rd/53rd) for one reason or other, but when I do go, I make it a point to go on a Saturday, when they chili is their soup. It's pretty good chili, though not as good as Daisy May's. But one thing that Houston's chili is useful for is to have in a burger (I don't think Daisy Mays would work so well for this). I tend to go to Houston's during its off-hours like late afternoons, as it gets packed in there with tourists and other comfort-food-seeking folks. Recently I've been having a big hankering for a chili burger. Maybe it's because I grew up eating them in LA (I think they become part of your genetic makeup if you grew up eating at places like Tommy's or Pinks). The thing is that the chili burger is an off menu item. You just have to ask for it (on Saturdays). The hamburger plate with decent shoestring fries is $14, not inexpensive. But I do like their burgers and the combination with the chili is quite good. I think they use a similar method that Shake Shack uses adding butter into the patty to enrich it. For other days, if I find myself at Houston's I usually stick with the French Dip.

One other note. I've had the burger and chili separately at Waterfront Ale House, and while I thought the burger was good, I wasn't all that thrilled with their chili. I'll have to check them out next time I have this hankering. I'm probably sated for the next few months though.

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