Friday, September 9, 2011

Review Best Burger-Stafford TX

My kids' uncle Bill recommended Best Burger!  A local that sells flame broiled Burgers and Chinese Food over off Alternate 90 in Stafford, TX--a Southwestern Suburb of Houston. Given Bill's appetite and love of good food, I decided to pay a visit to this local establishment and give their fare a try. The atmosphere is unique--a cross between a small burger joint and a Chinese restaurant, that even has a few Mexican dishes to serve as well. FYI: The Kwan Family have owned and operated Best Burger for over 29 years. For my lunch I chose their bacon cheeseburger deal--includes the burger, fries and a soda for $5.89 plus tax. So without further ado in this page here is your...

Best Burger Bacon Cheeseburger Blueprint:
1/4 beef patty
Thick cut bacon
American cheese
Lettuce, tomato and pickle
Mayonnaise, ketchup & mustard
On a yellow egg bread bun

This is a good, standard burger at first bite. After a couple more, several good qualities come out. The flame grilled taste and the seasoning of the meat work very well. FYI: this is a thin patty burger. The bacon is thick cut, crunchy and chewy at the same time, and has a nice, sweet, smokey flavour. The veggies are very fresh--all tucked under the patty with the mayo. The mustard and ketchup are below the patty and above the veggies. The cheese and bacon are on top of the patty. This arrangement is less messy than some burgers. The yellow bun is tasty--almost like an egg potato bread. It holds the contents of the burger together nicely.

A cross between a local burger joint and a Chinese Restaurant
That is Best Burger's Style!
The fries are crinkle cut and a little thick. They are fried very crispy on the outside but tender on the inside--NOT burned. I like that they had Chinese Style mustard and Sriracha pepper sauce as well as ketchup to dip them.

The meal is tasty and an overall value, but a heads up to readers: Best Burger is CASH ONLY. Many diners are not aware of this, but taking credit, debit and charge cards costs more than taking cash due to bank fees at both ends--both the issuing card's and the bank where the restaurant has their business accounts.  Furthermore, due to possible fraud, many businesses do not receive the actual payment until 2 or 3 business days after the transaction.  Many banks will give them use of these pending funds for a fee, which again, makes operating the business cost more and these costs are passed on to customers in the form of higher prices. One other heads up: soda refills are $0.25 each and iced tea gets only one free refill. For those that might balk at this, this is a local business and there are relatively high marginal costs for them to give free refills compared to a corporate juggernaut. One quarter for a refill in a cup you've already paid for is basically selling it AT COST, so they are not profiting from it whatsoever.  I consider these policies to be reasonable but I know some folks might not.  As an Economics Professor by trade, I understand these things, but not all of my fellow Foodies get it, so I would hope an explanation here is helpful.

One of the Kwan family members who owns an d operates Best Burger, Emmanuel Kwan, was working the till and running the whole show. Overall he was very friendly and the service was quick and efficient.

The Foodie Professor's Report Card:
Bacon Cheeseburger: A-
Cleanliness: A-
Ambience: B+
Service: A
Value: A

Overall grade: A-

Best Burger
2203 S Main
Stafford, TX 77477

And remember:
Eat Happy!
Zao An, Y'all!

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