Grease collected onto the bottom of my plate after a few bites of my burger — and by collected I mean my plate was covered in grease.
While that could summarize my dining experience at Hubcap Grill in the Heights, I must say I’m not afraid of a greasy hamburger. But it’s a bit of a problem when it’s the only flavor I can taste.
The low-key vibe of the grill makes it a cool place to sit back and hang out with friends over a burger. The uniqueness of the place is its burger-shack look, complete with an outside walk-up ordering window.
There is a small seating area inside, but the majority of seating is outside under an awning or out in the open.
I ordered a hamburger that came with lettuce, mustard, pickles, grilled onions and a patty, which according the restaurant is fresh, never frozen. If you want ketchup, you have to get it on the side and put it on yourself. I also ordered a side of hand-cut fries.
The need-to-know concerning drinks is there are plenty of bottle-only selections, but don’t expect ice with your soda. I didn’t mind so much because the Sprite I got was cold.
My order didn’t take too long to come out even though I was warned it may take a little longer than normal since Hubcap Grill prepares it fresh.
The toasted bun was still warm when I took my first bit. This is when the grease started dripping onto the plate and onto my hands. Like I said, I don’t mind grease, but it was all I could taste with every bite.
I don’t think it was the patty itself that was so greasy but the grilled onions. My lunch partner got the same thing as me but without grilled onions, and that burger didn’t have the grease issue the way mine did.
I could tell the fries were genuinely hand-cut from the few fries that didn’t quite get split apart. They tasted homemade with just the right amount of salt.
What I liked most about the fries was they weren’t greasy like most homemade fries and not as greasy as my burger.
While there are plenty of burger places in the area, my favorite are the no-frills restaurants that are just trying to serve up a good burger. This one just didn’t impress me.
With five locations in the Houston area, I wonder if it’s a hit-or-miss kind of place.
Address: 1133 W. 19th St.
Hours: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday–Saturday
Healthy options: No
Star of the show: Hand-cut fries