Review #2: Bellaire Broiler Burger - Bellaire, Texas
In response to a review request received from a reader this week, I made the trip to Bellaire Broiler Burger tonight with a good buddy of mine. Upon laying our eyes on BBB - we immediate agreed that this place met the criterion for being reviewed on Texas Burger Guy. It truly is a mom and pop burger joint.
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BBB Flame Broiled Hamburger No. 3 Review
All in all - the burger had a pretty overpowering "grilled" or "charcoaly" flavor to it. This coupled with the melted cheese, vegetables, and bun made for a pretty solid burger. Every person is different - here is how I see the Bellaire Broiler Burger ranking in the Texas Burger Guy categories:
A little light on the ooze. I didn't have anything running down my arms and didn't really have any use for a napkin when eating the burger. It was moist enough though - just not very ooozy. The burger came in a cute little paper burger robe that was not even the least bit wet after the burger went bye bye.
Oooze Factor Rating: 4
The burger I ate was a 1/3 pound patty. It was flattened out pretty good. Not really a thick and hearty meat patty by any means. The best thing about the patty was it absorbed the american cheese that was melted on top of it. So much so that the cheese melted down into the grooves of the meat itself. Kindof like the meat and cheese became a new creation... a "chatty" if you will. It was evident the cheese was melted into the meat because it all stuck together during the first bite. That may be more info than you wanted - but oh well - for you connoisseurs out there - you'll know what I mean. All in all - the herds are safe from being exterminated by BBB.
Herd Killer Rating: 3
Despite the picture - the BBB was not huge. It wasn't small by any means - but it is not a big bulky burger. The buns on the burger are soft. No sesame seeds, just your run of the mill buns. It does require 2 hands to eat, but you could also one hand it if you really had to.
Handing Rating: 3
The money you pay for this is being spent on the flavor. It really isn't a big bulky burger. It isn't meant to make your belt bust off or a button to shoot off your shirt from eating it. The burger I had was 3.55 plus they charge 50 cents for cheese to bring the total to $4.05. All in all - it isn't excessive. Pretty standard cost for a burger at a mom and pop.
Bling Bling rating: 5
Overall Bellaire Broiler Burger Rating: 6
Bellaire Broiler Burgers menu is pretty diverse. They have everything from hot dogs to chili and even some salads on the menu. Pretty good looking stuff. We tried the burgers, onion rings, fries, and shakes. Onion rings and fries are nothing special. The shakes however would make a lactose intolerant person drink one anyway and just suffer the consequences. They are awesome!!! We tried the strawberry and chocolate and both were fantastic!!! Highly recommend the shakes!
Bellaire Broiler Menu: (click to enlarge)
The outside of the restaurant is small. The parking lot only has parking for about 10 cars at the most. The outside looks seventies and the inside is so seventies it is shagadellic baby! We both felt like we had stepped through a time machine and were in the 60's or 70's. It was messing with our minds. Booths are small - hard to sit straight if you are tall like me. Tables looked a little bigger - but not much. Cash and check only. No credit cards accepted. They allow smoking. There is a little (and I mean little) bar area with a TV. No kidding - they have a Spuds McKenzie doll above the cooler in the bar area. I haven't seen that little guy since 5th grade! BBB definitely has the feel of a mom and pop joint complete with the Spuds and a set of longhorns prominently displayed above the grill in the kitchen.
Be ready to brave the Loop 610 west traffic to get here. Once you pull off the loop though - it isn't bad at all. It is at the intersection of Bellaire Blvd and Bissonnet.
5216 Bellaire Blvd
Bellaire Texas 77401
TBG Overall Rating
Bellaire Broiler Burger was not all I hoped it to be. The burger was pretty good - not great - just good. It definitely had flavor. If you don't like the grilled flavor - you won't like this place. The best part for me was the building itself and the atmosphere inside. I love little hole in the wall type place and BBB is definitely a hole in the wall. This restaurant has been around for a very long time and it has a lot of local appeal. For me though - it is all about the burger. Make the burgers a little more mean and the Texas Burger Guy rating will go up.
Overall TBG Rating for Bellaire Broiler Burger: 6
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