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Stanton’s City Bites – Update!
Dec 6th, 2013 by Joemoney

Stantons City Bites 12 votes, average: 9.00 out of 102 votes, average: 9.00 out of 102 votes, average: 9.00 out of 102 votes, average: 9.00 out of 102 votes, average: 9.00 out of 102 votes, average: 9.00 out of 102 votes, average: 9.00 out of 102 votes, average: 9.00 out of 102 votes, average: 9.00 out of 102 votes, average: 9.00 out of 10
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Stanton’s City Bites
1420 Edwards St
Houston, TX 77007
www.stantonscitybites.com

What A Difference a Bun Makes –

Stantons City Bites 2It has been quite some time since I’ve been able to update this digital ode to burgers. Several life changes have taken much of my time away from various passions, burgers included. We bought our first home and are soon expecting a little baby burger lover. In these exciting times, full of changes or updates, I felt it fitting to update a burger review that was one of the first posts on this site four years ago. Houston has always loved and voted Stanton’s City Bites as one of the best burgers around long before the recent national love affair with gourmet burgers began. Based on this high praise, I made my way over with some coworkers and tried it out. As you can tell in my review (www.burgertyme.com/stantons), I was less than impressed.

Recently, however, a friend of mine messaged me that I should check out Stanton’s. Specifically that they had amazing bacon. Well, I initially dismissed it as buying into the hype. Then one day, I was watching George Motz’s tv show, Burgerland, where he visited Houston and went to Stanton’s. The burger I saw on that episode did not resemble anything like the burger of my memory. Specifically their new buns seemed much better then ones used in the past. Suddenly, I realized that i was missing out on a great burger rebirth! With little hesitation, I rounded up a few burger lovers, and actually rode a bike to Stanton’s. It was an added benefit that this place was close enough to enjoy biking through the historic Houston district.

Sorry Kermit –

Stantons City Bites 3From the outside, Stanton’s looks exactly the same. No change whatsoever. Once we walked in, however, it was obvious, much had changed. Gone were the convenience store shelves replaced by a mish mash of tables and chairs for an eclectic dining area. If you recall, my prior experience involved taking the food and finding a park to sit and eat due to the absence of seating. No longer did you place your order over an out of service meat cooler (although it was still there). The new menu was posted high above the cash register where you place your order, and get your ticket number. Stanton’s impressed my on my first visit with their wide variety of peculiar sodas. This his not only remained, but gotten even better. There is a huge selection of traditional and unknown (to me) sodas from all over. Two of note, that are my new favorites are Dublin Tart-n-Sweet and Cheerwine.

Stantons City Bites 5So after the wash of burger euphoria subsided, I stepped up to order. The one that stood out the me was called the Miss Piggie. Bacon ground into the patty served with candied bacon and a hash brown… Oh my gogi that sounds good. So I rounded it off with an order of sides and plenty of bizarre sodas. While we waited I watched as neighborhood kids repeatedly came in and bought candy, so this is still a functioning store for locals. After about ten minutes, the burgers arrived. Gone were the store brand, dry toasted buns. The new buns looked great, and were buttered and griddled. The burger patties here were always good quality and the star of the burger. This was no different. The addition of bacon ground in to the patty added some great texture and savory flavor to the beef. The candied bacon was great, sweet and salty. The hash brown was a great addition to anyone who is a fan of putting fries on their burger. Another noteworthy item was the veggies. The lettuce was leafy and bright green and the onions and tomatoes were also good. Of course, I like tots, and these hit me right in the tot spot.

The Wrap It Up –

Stantons City Bites 4Boy am I glad I gave this place a second chance. I have been back several times and brought as many people as I can to this place. It is authentically Houston, and authentically great. From my last review to this one, it has gone from a place I never really cared for to one of my favorite burgers in Houston. It is really great! So as with all things, some times, change is for the better, as long as we can maintain the character that makes us unique. Stanton’s has done exactly that!

Stanton’s City Bites – Old Menu
Apr 19th, 2009 by Joemoney

Stanton's City Bites

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Stanton's City Bites

Stanton’s City Bites
1420 Edwards Street
Houston, TX 77007 (map)

Where in the World is Stanton’s City Bites –

Stanton's Ordering Counter

Stanton’s City Bites came upon a few recommendations. One of my co-workers interned with the owner’s daughter. I tried to gather the usual group from work to join in on this Burger Tyme. Unfortunately only two could come. When I google mapped the location the street view only showed a house with a sign saying Stanton’s. It didn’t quite make sense but I figured google can’t be wrong… right? So anyway, the three of us drove down Washington Ave, out of downtown to Houston St. Sure enough, the house from google street view came into sight. I parked right in front and we made our way in. It was surely a sight to behold. This hearkened to an era past where corner groceries were more common than the nearby Target. They had just about every beverage you could imagine and more snackfood than an eight year old could hope to eat. To the right of the entrance was what appeared to be the deli. We were greeted by a nice guy named Kyle who helped us put in our order. Stanton’s menu is rather impressive. They had a wide variety of sandwiches, burgers, and daily specials from which to choose. I also noticed that they had the distinguished honor of being voted the best burger in Houston for 2005 and 2006. This looked more and more promising. While we mulled over the choices to be made, there was a constant stream of people picking up phoned in orders. There were signs all around stating that the burger was “worth the wait”. Another thing that became apparent was the lack of seating. We inquired if there was anywhere to sit and eat. We were politely told “Not currently”. Maybe they have plans to add a table or two.

Take a bite out of being hungry –

Stanton's City Bites

Stanton's Burger

So I placed my order for a cheeseburger with everything on it and tots. Now, I was informed that all burgers come with bacon. I asked for them to hold the bacon because I generally don’t care for bacon on my cheeseburgers. I then began the wait. After about twenty minutes our order was ready and we selected our drinks, paid, and made our way to find somewhere to eat our Stanton’s burgers. After a short drive back to downtown, we found some seating at Jones Plaza and delved in. My anticipation level for this burger was pretty high. It looked good, it smelled good, and after my first bite, it tasted good too. The patty was nice an thick, 1/2 lb. It was very juicy, but not messy. The veggies were exceptionally good. The lettuce was not your run of the mill iceberg but a nice dark green lettuce that was fresh. The tomatoes and onions were also nice and fresh. The bread could have been better. It wasn’t that the bun wasn’t fresh but it was the buns were toasted in a toaster as opposed to toasted on the griddle. This gave the bun a slightly crunchy and dry texture. The tots were good. I tend to choose tots over fries when given an option.

The Wrap it up –

Stanton's City Bites

Stanton’s City Bites was an interesting Burger Tyme. It had a few unexpected surprises. The lack of seating gave us the option to make our dining experience as nice as we were willing to drive to. The wait gave me plenty of time to browse the many drink options they had. To my surprise they had something I had never seen before. “Tall Boy” versions of popular soft drinks. The price was not bad. Total for burger, fries, and a tall boy was about $7. I enjoyed bringing a few people there but was glad we did not have our usual larger group as we would have had trouble finding somewhere for all of us to eat. With a little planning, Stanton’s can be a great alternative to typical burger outings.

Hint- If you like soft drinks and you like brown paper bags, Stanton’s has you covered with their large selection of sof t drinks. As a bonus, all drinks are packed in a brown paper bag.

 

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