Food & Drink

18 Houston Burger Bargains, So You Can Eat More Burgers

Published On 06/22/2015 Published On 06/22/2015
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
Doc’s Bar & Grill
El Big Bad
Dogwood Houston
Christian's Tailgate Bar and Grill
Brooke Viggiano/Thrillist
Mockingbird Bistro
Gratifi Kitchen + Bar
Pub Fiction
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
JULIE SOEFER PHOTOGRAPHY
Table 57
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1. BRC Gastropub 519 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007 (Washington)

This spunky bar and kitchen in The Washington Corrider is named after a big red cock (truthfully) and serves as haven for beer and comfort food lovers. Burgers and mac and cheese are always in the menu, in addition to other pub grub favorites and over 20 taps of craft beer. If you're an adult but a kid at heart, order one of their boozy milkshakes for dessert.

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2. Sparrow Bar + Cookshop 3701 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002 (Midtown)

As they say themselves, Sparrow Bar + Cookshop is "locally sourced, globally inspired." The menu changes daily based on what's in season, but you can be certain that chef Monica Pope will be whipping up something killer for tonight's dinner (or today's lunch or Sunday's brunch). And don't forget Wednesdays are Burger Night and you get to build your own!

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3. Moon Tower Inn 3004 Canal St, Houston, TX 77003 (East End)

Awesome events like horror movie nights and growler giveaways, tons of craft brews from their wall of taps, and exotic hot dogs like a wild game sausage make Moon Tower Inn a unique and enjoyable hangout. Oh, and they have a backyard, too.

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4. Doc’s Motorworks Bar & Grill 1303 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Austin import Doc's is a great neighborhood bar with a relaxed vibe and zero pretension save for the impressive 50 taps of craft brew, which we'd never object to. This Montrose spot also has a 100-seat patio and plenty of Tex-Mex-inspired pub fare. It's the kind of place where you can kick back and watch the game with friends, go on a casual date or just show up by yourself for a beer with some friendly strangers at the bar.

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5. El Big Bad 419 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)

El Big Bad describes itself as a "feisty" cantina and we agree. This downtown tex-mex spot not only has the eats, but also specializes in infused tequilas so you can get your drink on. Come by for happy hour every from 3pm to 7pm when cocktails and margaritas are $3 off.

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6. Red Lion Pub 2316 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019 (River Oaks)

This friendly, British neighborhood pub in River Oaks keeps a steady crowd due to daily specials like $5 Burger Mondays and Fish & Chip Fridays, all of which are complemented by cheap pints, pours, and bottles. There's surprisingly great Indian food on the menu as well, and you can often snag a beer and curry combo deal. Belly up to the bar for a may even find a few real life Brits to faff around with.

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7. The Dogwood 2403 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)

Not only do they have a rooftop bar, but patios wrap around the entirety of this open-air building design at The Dogwood meaning MAXIMUM outdoor time on a warm summer's night. With a southern-influenced menu perfect for bar snacking and Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka on top, what more could you need?

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8. Rudyard's 2010 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

Any true beer geek has been to at least one of this classic watering hole’s beer tasting dinners -- where pours from a different brewery are thoughtfully paired with chef Joe Apa’s badass food each month. $50 will get you a spot at the table -- but if that’s too steep, stop by almost any night of the week for live local acts, a seriously good pub burger, and a cheap pint from their constantly rotating tap and bottle list.

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9. Down House Houston 1801 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008 (The Greater Heights)

Down House serves up beautifully presented, seasonal eats alongside craft beer and specialty coffee drinks. This spot is an especially good choice for brunch: Big Ol’ Bloody Marys are on hand, ready to help you wash down a giant kimchi burger.

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10. Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar 1985 Welch St, Houston, TX 77019 (Montrose)

Mockingbird is the casual hang out spot you've been looking for. The menu is familiar with a slight French influence and is updates seasonally. Go for lunch and get a bacon-marmalade topped, kobe beef M Bistro Burger and fries for $10, it's the more affordable cousin of the dinner burger that is also toped with seared foie gras (and is also awesome).

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11. Gratifi Kitchen + Bar 302 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

Gratifi Kitchen + Bar is an American bistro on a mission to prove that Houston is more than just tex-mex cheesy goodness and BBQ. Their burgers come with hand-cut fries or onion rings and their patio is dog friendly (they even have house made bacon dog treats), so you've really got no reason not to head on over.

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12. Front Porch Pub 217 Gray St, Houston, TX 77002

Front Porch is a laidback patio bar, offering up steak and trivia nights, crawfish boils, and cornhole tournaments. A perfect place to bring your dog along for a drink.

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13. Pub Fiction 2303 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)

Whether you're looking to catch some live music or dance to a DJ, enjoy something from a menu full of savory, satisfying choices (fried pickles, tacos and quesadillas, half-pound burgers), or catch the game and drink $6.50 domestic pitchers at happy hour, Pub Fiction will gladly meet your needs.

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14. The Hay Merchant / Underbelly 1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

A joint venture, The Hay Merchant and Underbelly operate separately but are attached via a butchering room that’s fit to hold a whole hog, a cow, and other large, meat-bearing animals. Hay Merchant, a craft beer bar, boasts 75 draft beers that range in style from cask-conditioned American porters to sour and funky wild ales. Underbelly, the more upscale of the two, is a restaurant and wine bar serving up juicy burgers and meats, like roasted pig’s head and smoked brisket. No matter how adventurous your palate, consider pairing your dish with one of the aged barleywines on tap.

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15. Table 57 Dining & Drinks 5898 San Felipe, Houston, TX 77057

Table 57 is a New American restaurant located inside the San Felipe HEB, offering up delicious fare like pork belly BLTs and Korean BBQ pork sliders.

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16. Pistolero's 1517 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

This Montrose taco and tequila temple covers all the bases when you're craving Mexican. From Dia de los Muertos decor to street-style corn and house-infused tequilas, you're getting a fiesta with every visit. It's known for great happy hour deals in addition to Taco Tuesday, when you can snag the stuffed tortillas for $1 each.