Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Review: Husky's Burgers, Wings and Subs

In Northwest Harris County; more specifically the Houston/Cypress/Copperfield area, is a nice local chain that currently has 2 locations but is adding a 3rd soon by the name of Husky's.  Don't confuse it with the Canadian Gas Station chain--different company altogether.  They're motto is "Always Freshhhh!"--but don't confuse them with Tim Horton's Coffee, the Canadian coffee and doughnut giant either!  I teach out at Lone Star College CyFair and on this particular day I found myself having to come to campus early to handle some business.  The business took less time than I thought it would, so I decided to check some of the local fare out and see if there were any hidden gems out this way, and sure enough Husky's was just such a place. 

One of the first things I noticed when I checked out their menu was a large array of different kinds of patties to choose from on your burger.  You can have angus beef, grilled chicken, crispy chicken, garden veggie, turkey, black bean and reduced fat beef for the base price, or pay $2.00 extra for Kobe Beef, Buffalo, or Mahi Mahi fish (The menu link is old.  It says $2.00 extra on the menu board at the Copperfield Location).  They had a good choice of cheeses and buns.  And they had a works bar, similar to Fuddruckers or BurgerTex, that included 2 different kinds of pickles, sliced pepperoncini peppers like Harvey's uses in Canada, and a nice assortment of steak sauces and hot sauces along with the usual mustard, mayo and ketchup.  They have a daily lunch special which is an original cheeseburger, skin on fries and a beverage for under $8.00.  Bacon is extra.  So with that, here is my burger blueprint:

Husky's Bacon Cheeseburger:
1/2 pound Angus Patty, Medium
2 crispy strips of bacon
Cheddar Cheese
Shredded lettuce, tomato, chilled dill pickles
Sliced Pepperoncini Peppers
Mayo and A1 sauce
on a Sweet White Sourdough Bun.

If you look at that picture, your eyes will nearly pop out.  This is a really big burger.  The meat is sweet, beefy and cooked as ordered.  The seasoning blend is a mixture of sea salt and several different kinds of pepper that taste fresh ground--and it matches the seasonings they used on their natural cut fries in fact.  Ther were plenty of meat juices that came from the patty--a true medium with a hot pink centre as I prefer--that were mostly soaked up by a huge, fluffy sweet sourdough bun.  In fact, the bun's taste reminded me of Hawaiian style sweet dinner rolls.  The bacon was very crispy and was hickory smoked.  The veggies on the works bar were very fresh and tasty.   Overall the burger is meaty, substantial and quite satisfying to those of us who work up large appetites. 

I was also quite pleased with the fries as they were thick, natural cut and had skins on them, and the seasoning blend works very well with the Yukon Gold potatoes they're cut from--doesn't overpower the potato flavour to be sure.  I was also happy that Husky's stocks Heinz Malt Vinegar sauce.  I'm always found of having malt vinegar on my fries and not every place that sells fries keeps it on hand, so that was a big plus to me.  Now if only they had Poutine here...

Husky's also has a good selection of sodas, iced teas, bottled beverages, shakes, Icees and even wine by the glass for those of you that like a Merlot or a Cabernet with your red meat.  I was very happy they had the Gold Peak Tea machine that includes Iced Green tea--a personal fave of mine that not enough places stock. 

A quick note before I hand out the grades:  Husky's atmosphere is that of a sports bar.  There are several TV's around, they have an arcade and party room attached to it if you wish to host an event, and the lighting is a little dark.  While the restaurant was kept quite clean, the radio and music playing was a little loud for a lunchtime crowd, in my opinion.  Overall the staff was friendly and service time was quick. 

The Foodie Professor's Report Card for Husky's Burgers Fries and Wings:
Husky Bacon Cheeseburger (Combo #1): A-
     Friendliness: A
     Speed:  A
Atmosphere: B
Cleanliness: A

Overall Grade: A-

Husky's has 2 locations with one more in the works.  I went to the Copperfield/Cypress location at:

16010 West Road (at Telge)
Houston, TX  77090

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

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