"Ingredients Matter" is the tagline for the limited run, high end burger company known as Elevation Burger. According to their website, founder Hans Hess was having trouble finding a burger similar to ones he'd had in California after moving away from their about a decade ago. This spurred him on to create a burger that was full of good flavour, was healthier for the customer, was environmentally friendly and produced in a sustainable fashion. In fact their burgers are 100% organic, grass fed, free range beef. Their fries are cooked in 100% olive oil. And they use real Cheddar Cheese, no plasticky, rennet-custard imitation cheese here Elevation Burger opened its first location in 2005 and began franchising in 2008 as a result of Hess's creativity and action. Elevation burger opened in Austin in 2011 and is now opening its first Houston location on Halloween, 2012.
Coca-Cola Freestyle Machine. First of all this was a very good burger. The thin beef patty was meaty and juicy--reminded me a little of In-N-Out, as did the Elevation sauce. The veggie patty was somewhat like a Boca Patty--grainy, cheesy, good texture and flavour. The veggies were very fresh as well and I liked the Elevation sauce quite well. The fries were an interesting hybrid of shoestring and natural cut--with the distinct twang of olive oil giving them extra flavour. I was also glad that the food wasn't too salty tasting either--I think at times we get too used to food being oversalted and this was a fresh change of taste that I liked quite well.
Report Card for Elevation Burger Kirby Drive:
Half the Guilt Burger: A
Atmosphere: Organic, Efficient: A
Dining Room; A
Men's Room: A
Overall Grade: A
Elevation Burger to me had a feel that was like a mix of several places--some of it like In-N-Out Burger, some of it like Steak-n-Shake, some of it like Jerry Built Burgers and some of it like Freddy's Frozen custard. And yet despite those similarities it is also its own unique place as well. It's a good fit in the Houston area and I honestly think that they will do well at Kirby to be sure.
Elevation Burger is located at:
3819 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77098
Hours of Operation
Mon-Sun 11 AM to 9 PM
And remember to Eat Happy, Y'all!!!