Office building Greenway Plaza is hiding some of the best burgers in Houston, all thanks to Kuma Burger, the brainchild of former Oxheart chef Willet Fang. The 5oz, wide yet thin, never-frozen patties are slung onto the flat-top grill where they are slathered with an umami glaze of browned butter, soy, pureed shitake mushroom, roasted garlic, and Worcestershire before they can finally relax atop their Sheila Partin sweet sourdough rolls. Your fun begins when you select your combination of toppings (choose from cheese, veggies, kimchi relish, seared spam, guacamole, and others) your smudgy fingerprint on the greasy sandwich. Too hesitant to take the plunge? Order a tried and true chef-designed creation like the SPICY!!!, served with fresh, charred, and pickled jalapenos, sambal mayo, pepper jack cheese, and soy-marinated serrano chilies.
This cult sensation has moved on to bigger digs after closing its Greenway Plaza food court stand. Now in the Galleria area, you’ll find vigorously griddled, umami-packed burgers to build as you please, single, double, or triple stacked and festooned with trimmings from pickled habanero and fried egg to house sambal aioli. Or go for the newer, bigger patty. Whatever you pick, don’t make the mistake of forgetting the tots.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.