Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review: Café Michael Burger in Galveston

Last week it was Spring Break.  The family decided to make a trip to Galveston in order to stay at a Beach House near Indian Beach.  It's a nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of work, academic life and Houston Traffic.  En Route to meet our kids, wives, parents and other family members, my brother in law and I stopped at Café Michael Burger on Termini San Luis Pass Road west of the Seawall to grab a burger. We found ourselves stepping back in time--no credit or debit cards accepted, no WiFi and a nice seaside view in a German Themed Burger Shack.  And let me tell you, it was NICE!

But first a little background information from Galveston.com:

Laminated Menu
Café Michael Burger is a long-time Galveston beachside joint offering some of the best burgers and Gulf views on the Island. Beyond a wide array (dozen or so?) of themed-burgers, the establishment also offers German favorites - think wienerschnitzel, bratwurst, red cabbage, fried potatoes and sauerkraut. Cafe Michael Burger also features a nice selection of American and German beers for the perfect ice-cold accompaniment to your meal.  Don't fail to take advantage of the wonderful open-air deck upstairs.  
We went in to a burger joint on stilts with hurricane resistant garage doors for the open air patio.  Come to find out it's a Seasonal restaurant--open mostly on weekends when the tourists are in town.  It was open all week for Spring Break and let me tell you we were glad it was.   I was a little amazed that this place which served beer battered onion rings that are sweet and tangy, slightly breaded french fries that are a little thick and remind me of something called Jojo potatoes I had in Washington State, and plenty of cold bottled beer, including Shiner Bock--it has no website.  It certainly wasn't hurting for business as Bill and I took note when we placed our orders.

The Lichtenfeldt Burger at Café Michael Burger
I studied over the laminated pink menu and perused what looked like a wonderful Reuben Sandwich (almost went there) and different styles of hot dogs and bratwurst (those were both quite tempting I might add), but I homed in on the burgers and chose The Lichtenfeldt--beef patty with Swiss Cheese, sauerkraut, German mustard and onions.  I ordered it with what most of us like to call Frings--half Fries, half onion rings, and an ice cold Shiner Bock to wash it down.

Frings, as I like to call them
This was a worthy burger.  The beef was meaty, savoury, peppery and quite satisfying.  The Sauerkraut was crunchy, sour and salty.  The cheese was nice and smooth, and the mustard had a nice kick to it.  Their onion rings were tangy and a little sweet, and had a nice beer battering.  There was no separation of the coating and the onion piece as I ate them either.  And the fries were crunchy and savoury.  The meal is a good value.  Sans the beer it was under $10.00 for a generously sized burger and fries/onion rings.  Bill and I really liked it and you really can't beat the seaside view.  About the only crticism I could make is that they don't take credit or debit cards at the moment.  The staff is friendly and the service while not super fast, is timely--it doesn't take too long to get your food when you order it, even though the place was busy with a Spring Break Crowd.

Report Card for Café Michael Burger
Seaside view & Woody's Bar across the street!  

Food:
     Lichtenfeldt Burger: A
     Fries/Onion Rings: A
Service:
     Speed: A-
     Friendliness: A
Atmosphere: Beach Burger Shack with Seaside View: A
Cleanliness:
    Dining Area: A
    Kitchen (saw through service window):
    Men's Room: Incomplete (Did not check)

Overall Grade: A

I emphasize this is no frou-frou burger joint.  It's a laid back place for a beach weekend.  Next time I'm down this way on a beach weekend, I'll try the bratwurst and report back on that!

Café Michael Burger is located at:
11150 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd
Galveston, TX
(409) 740-3639

Hours vary by season, so I'd advise you phone them first before heading over there.  Galveston has PLENTY to do anyway but this is a nice local hidden gem on the Island everyone should try!

And remember to Eat Happy, Y'all!!!
吃得开心!!!

Hank

Cafe Michael Burger on Urbanspoon

1 comment:

michle john said...
This comment has been removed by the author.