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Hubcap Grill
April 1st, 2009 by Joemoney

hubcap grill 10 votes, average: 8.30 out of 1010 votes, average: 8.30 out of 1010 votes, average: 8.30 out of 1010 votes, average: 8.30 out of 1010 votes, average: 8.30 out of 1010 votes, average: 8.30 out of 1010 votes, average: 8.30 out of 1010 votes, average: 8.30 out of 1010 votes, average: 8.30 out of 1010 votes, average: 8.30 out of 10
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Hubcap Grill
www.hubcapgrill.com
1111 Prairie St
Houston, TX 77002-3118 (map)

What’s all the Hub-ub –

Hubcap Grill is one of those places that came along unexpectedly, for me at least. I had seen it a few times in downtown Houston and always thought to myself “I should check that place out”. It wasn’t until it was voted the best burger in Houston in 2008 that I was motivated to break out of my routine of eating Christian’s Totem (review to come) every week with the Burger Tymers from work. On our first excursion nine people walked with me about 6 blocks to Prairie and San Jacinto to try out Hubcap for the first time. When you first walk up to Hubcap you can see it is a bit unnassuming. “Burgers and Fries” is what the sign says. The full tables on the sidewalk and in the side alley renamed “New-Orleans Style Patio” would say that it is worth the wait in that line that was out the door. Oh, and when you finally get to the door, there is a reminder that it is “CASH ONLY” at hubcap. There is an ATM inside in case of an emergency or if a co-worker doesn’t owe you a lunch.

The Rill (real) Deal –

The menu was much more than I expected. There were all kinds of burgers with interesting names : The Hubcap Decker, The Quadruple Bi-pass, Muffaletta Burger. So for my first venture I ordered the regular cheeseburger with everything on it, a side of regular fries (you have two options; regular or sweet potatoe), and a bottled IBC Root beer. I love bottled soft drinks, by the way. The wait wasn’t as long as I expected considering the number of people who ordered in front of me and boy was it worth it. This was one of the most unique and delicious burgers I’ve had in a while. To start with, the buns are ciabatta-ish and made by Hubcap. The burger comes out with grill marks on the top and bottom of the bun giving just the right amount of crisp. The meat is seasoned well and is very juicy. The cheese was perfectly melted over the patty and the vegetables were good.  This was a big cheeseburger, but nothing could prepare me for the Hubcap Decker (pictured on the left).  Two patties between two buns and a peice of texas toast in the middle and american cheese on the top half and monterrey jack on the bottom. It also had the Hubcap Special Sauce which was very good. It was a daunting burger but I’m glad I was convinced to give it a try. Every mouthful (and it was full) was a burger lover’s dream. The fries were fresh cut and fairly good but in my opinion could stand to stay in the grease a minute or two longer. They tended to be a bit soft. I like a crispy, crunchy fry. An entire meal came to about $8 which is par for the course of fine burger tyming.

The Wrap it Up –

My first experience at Hubcap was good… So good, in fact, that myself along with some of the original nine easily convinced a total of twenty co-workers (not exaggerating) to return to Hubcap the very next day. That was the day I tried the hubcap decker. It was a good lunch but a sleepy afternoon. I have since returned to Hubcap many times with both co-workers, family, and friends and it has consistently been an outstanding burger and the people are friendly. This burger is definitely one of the best in Houston!

Here’s a hint – get the cheeseburger with everything on it and add the special sauce…

 

UPDATE:

Check out the review of Hubcap Grill’s Sticky Burger here


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9 Responses  
  • DisapprovingWife writes:
    April 1st, 20094:58 pmat

    Once again the fries bring down the rating. They are thick and limp, the worst combination. The burger is really good though. I like the homemade buns. Wish they had more sitting area too, but I guess that’s the charm of the place.

  • clemel1 writes:
    April 3rd, 20099:34 amat

    This was a good burger. However, I wasn’t quite as sold as you JoRo. We need to go here again soon so that I can reevaluate this burger.

    Also, I’m not fond of cash only. Come on, it’s 2009 people!

  • goodtymes writes:
    April 6th, 20094:51 pmat

    The Hubcap is my favorite thus far. I went for the basic burger w/ sweet fries. I never thought I’d rave about a bun…but it was fantastic. If for no other reason, one should go just to see what is pictured in the dictionary under “exceptional burger bun”. It did lose a point based on fries. Not crispy enough for my taste. Fortunately for them I go to burger joints for the burgers…not the fries.

    Though I’m no longer in the area (even remotely) I’m plotting my next excursion to the cap. Surely there is some client development opportunities there!

    Gravey_Train

  • Shay writes:
    April 17th, 200911:32 amat

    The burger here was quite tasty. The bun is definitely the star though. The fried leave much to be desired, which is why I can’t rate this place as high as Christian’s.

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    June 17th, 200910:43 amat

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  • Jeffrey writes:
    September 25th, 20093:26 pmat

    I’ve been on a mission with a couple of friends to try out some of the top rated burgers in the Houston area and see what we think for ourselves. Hubcap Grill is not on top of my list. Today I had a DMCB – just meat, cheese, and bread. It was fantastic! Hot and juicy, nicely seasoned and carmelized from the grill. The fresh cut fries were awesome and cooked all the way through. I am basking in the beefy afterglow!

  • Hubcap Grill - Sticky Burger | Burger Tyme writes:
    October 20th, 200911:11 amat

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  • ribdaddy writes:
    April 20th, 20103:45 pmat

    Hubcap grill is a true find. I really enjoy this place. Remember cash only.

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  • ddykes1222 writes:
    May 26th, 20109:14 pmat

    Who cares about the fries? This ain’t friestyme.com. The burger is outstanding. Great bun!!! Best to wash it down with an ice cold RC Cola in a bottle!


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