We are all living in a strange new world under Harris County’s stay-at-home, work safe order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
For me, one of the hardest things to give up has been dining out. Luckily, I can still support restaurants by picking up an order to-go.
One place where I’ve twice picked up a curbside order is The Burger Joint. The reason I was keen to order again is that the burger was still plenty hot when I got home the first time. More impressive is that the milkshake I got with my second order was still thick.
The first burger I had from The Burger Joint was the classic, which comes with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and mayo. I replaced the mayo with mustard and ketchup.
Though sometimes I’ll get the condiments on the side so they don’t make the bun soggy on the trip home, I found that the burger held up well with all the ingredients staying between the buns. It was a simple burger that stood out in freshness, even while getting it to-go. I can definitely see why so many people were excited for the 2002 N. Shepherd Dr. location to open.
The hand-cut fries, sprinkled with salt, were also an item I really enjoyed. Sometimes places make the mistake of putting an order of to-go fries in Styrofoam, which makes the fries soggy. I was glad to see that wasn’t the case at The Burger Joint.
My second time around in the curbside line, I picked up a BBQ Burger, fries (again, because I couldn’t resist) and a peanut butter milkshake with chocolate added.
The BBQ burger came with lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, bacon, onion rings, cheddar and BBQ sauce. I got mine with no cheddar and the sauce on the side, because I didn’t want to ruin my burger if I didn’t end up liking the sauce.
Trouble is, my side of sauce wasn’t in my to-go bag.
I thought the burger was good nonetheless. The bacon brought in a smoky flavor to the mix, while the onion ring added texture.
I was also impressed with the milkshake. I’m a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate, but I loved that there were bits of peanuts in the creamy, thick shake.
Most of all, I didn’t feel worried about waiting in the curbside line. From what I could see, the workers all wore gloves and masks.
It was also a quick turnaround. My order was ready 15 minutes after I placed it. Once at the curbside location, I got my order right away.
Plus, with every $20 you spend, you receive a $5 gift card back.
The Burger Joint
Address: 2002 N. Shepherd Dr.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Alcohol: Not during this time
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the Show: Classic burger