|Interior seems |
I read their lunch menu online and was wowed by the selection: Chessapeake Bay Crab Cakes; Sweet Chili Shrimp, Salmon Salad, Grilled Chicken BLT, Lobster Sliders, and it just rises up from there, dear readers. I also noticed they were BYOB, but did not find a corkage fee on the website. Still given the selection of steak and seafood, if you have a fine Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, I could fully understand bringing it along.
Since I am always all about the burger, and this was in fact lunch time, I perused the menu and went with their mainstay known as The Rub. While this is the name of their original burger, it refers to a mixture of spices they use. Per their website:
THE RUB is a blend of imported spices created for the passionate palette. It contains handpicked spices that our family has engineered for pure taste-bud satisfaction, and to bring out the flavors in everything we make. When we say we put THE RUB on everything, it's not hyperbole. From our garlic bread to filet mignon, the blackened scallops to our side of mushrooms; its presence is everywhere. It's the quality and combination of spices that lightly tease your palate and give The Rub its ability to complement any dish. When you use THE RUB you'll understand how delicious food can be.
|Meet The Rub Original Burger|
This was a very fine burger. The exterior was nicely charred with the interior having a juicy, hot, pink center. The meat is sweet, juicy and the Rub seasoning is fantastic on the burger. The Sheila Partin sweet sourdough bun reminds me of the bun on the Saucer Burger at The Flying Saucer Sugar Land--it's sweet, thick and a lot like Kings Hawaiian bread. Of note, the lettuce is hand leafed, the pickles crunched, the tomatoes were fresh and firm, not mushy, and the onions worked with everything just fine. This is a good burger. In fact it was so good, it's now #11 on my list on the sidebar and my top burgers list is now 19! The fries were fairly standard, but the Rub seasoning mix gave them a little oomph. I washed it all down with their house iced tea--was very fresh and had a slight peach citrus essence to it--couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it was good nonetheless.
I also noticed that although I came after 1 PM on a Friday, they were quite busy the whole time I was there--full patio and dining room. I was lucky I got seated next to the kitchen in fact! The service was friendly, properly attentive on call backs and the burger came out quickly. What I really took note of was that the other diners were clearly quite happy with their dishes and enjoying the place despite the hustle and bustle all around them. Maybe Mr. Levine needs to expand his dining area soon if this is a normal occurrence...
The Rub Original Burger: A
Rub Fries: A
Dining Area: A
Men's Room: Incomplete
Atmosphere: Combination American Bistro with Tuscan Inspired Frescoes: A-
Overall Grade: A
Jonathan's The Rub is located at:
9061 Gaylord Street
Houston, TX 77024
(one block south of I-10 and Campbell Rd. on the corner of Corbindale and Gaylord, in the same strip center as Sunny's Convenience Store.)
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri:
Lunch: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
I'll be paying them a visit again to try some of their other dishes--the menu is quite varied and extensive and warrants further exploration.
And remember to: Eat Happy, Y'all!!!