As a hamburger joint with Pappas in the name, Pappas Burger is pretty much what you would expect from the family. This is a good thing. Pappas Burger is a slicker-than-usual operation for a modestly priced restaurant that primarily serves hamburgers: service is much better; the setting is cleaner and more comfortable; the food is well prepared; the large portions provide a decent value; and the menu hits more accurately at its target patrons. Not unimportantly, the burgers are very good here, too.
The burgers are made with patties of around one-third pound. These are cooked to the properly charred exterior while retaining a juicy interior. The buns and the rest of the accompaniments are fresher, and better than at most burger places. For burger creations beyond the basic Pappas Burger, there are a cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, chili cheeseburger, and the Hickory Cheddar Bacon Burger.
The similar hot sandwiches include a Grilled Portobello mushroom burger served with grilled onions and feta cheese, a grilled chicken sandwich, a fried chicken sandwich, and a Grilled Ahi Tuna steak “Burger.” Each of the hamburgers and sandwiches comes with a large amount of suitably crisp, freshly cut fries.
Though burgers are the primary attraction here, the well-planned menu is more than just burgers and hot sandwiches. There are a number of appealing, zesty dinner- sized salads including the popular Caesar and Greek Salads. Though “Burger” is in the name, the salads are also a reason for a visit.
For the less health conscious, there are also cheese fries, nachos, cheese bread, quesadillas with chicken, Buffalo wings and a half-dozen rich desserts. All of these are well done here, and more than sufficiently caloric. As proficient as Pappas Burgers is, the system of ordering is a little odd: you order at the counter; find a seat; your food is brought to the table; and you pay the wait staff when finished. No matter, Pappas Burger is well worth at least a short drive when you have the craving for a well made burger and fries, or the like.
5815 Westheimer (west of Chimney Rock)
Houston, Texas 77057
7800 Airport Blvd. (in Hobby Airport)
Houston, TX 77061
Copyright Mike Riccetti. Adapted from Houston Dining on the Cheap, and used with permission.
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