Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review: Bernie's Burger Bus

It seems to be a food truck kind of Spring Break for the Hankster. I managed to catch Good Dog Hotdogs the other day and enjoyed them tremendously.  And now, as luck would have it, I was able to catch a ride on the gastronomic short bus known as Bernie's Burger Bus.  What's ironic was my daughter and I had gone over to Sugarbabys Cupcakes to try their couture cupcakes and Bernie's happened to be parked right out front.  We scored a 2-for!!!

Git on Da Burger Bus, Y'all!!!
Bernie's Philosophy, per their website is the following:
Bernie’s Burger Bus is taking the old school (no pun intended) approach to the classic American burger and fries joint – from scratch. From our fresh ground signature blend of three cuts of all natural Black Angus Beef, to the homemade ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, etc… Come experience an all natural, totally from scratch food experience made by people who just love good food for people who love to eat good food without all the chemicals, preservatives and fillers. Come see us for an amazing Burger Experience!
I had a little conversation with the operators today.  They confirmed with me a few facts:

1.  They grind a mixture of 60% Angus Ground Beef/40% Brisket Cuts

Homeroom Burger--Fried Egg! Yeah!
2.  They DO NOT use any Ammonia-Treated Beef.

3.  There is NO PINK AMMONIA SLIME in their hamburger meat.

Now that we've gotten those details sorted out, here is your burger blueprint:


Homeroom
Burger with Applewood Bacon, Cheddar
Tipsy Onion’s, Chipotle Aioli
Topped with a Fried Egg
on a freshly baked local artisan bun

I had my burger with their crispy fries.  Their menu includes a plethora of different burgers including a challenge called The Detention, as well as other kinds of fries.  I'm going to try the truffle-laced fries next time I catch the bus to be sure.

Now, for the meaty details of their Homeroom burger:  the meat had a sweet, semi-salty, buttery quality to it.  I was surprised when I found out it was Angus because the texture was more like Akaushi/American Kobe like that served at The Burger Guys.  The burger was well seasoned, but not overtly so.  The Chipolte Aioli was semi-spicy and semi sweet.  The Tipsy Onions were sweet like Vidalia but a tad stronger.  And the apple-wood bacon was crispy and tasty and worked well with the artisan bun.  This is by far the best burger I've had out of a Food Truck and has been inserted into my Top Houston Burgers at Number 5 now.  Well done, Bernie's Burger Bus.
Menu Boards on the Burger Bus and Me Waiting at the Burger Stop! 

Their fries were crispy, slightly salty, and natural cut, just like I like them.  They were crispy outside and yet soft inside.  I wonder if they use a 2-step Belgian frying method.  They'd be perfect for Poutine, or as is for a snack.  Again, well done Bernie's!!!

Note:  Food trucks usually don't get rated on ambiance.  However, the stickers, artwork and overall attitude got this one a rating!

The Foodie Professor's Report Card
Bernie's Burger Bus
Homeroom Burger: A+
Crispy Fries: A
Service: 
     Friendliness:  A+
     Speed:  A-
Cleanliness: A (took a hard look through the window and the open door--it was clean)
Ambiance: A
Overall Grade:  A


Bernie's operates for Lunch and Dinner at different locales in the Inner Loop of Houston Wednesday through Sunday.  Check Where's Bernie? and their Twitter account for details.

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

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