Have you ever had the urge for a thick, juicy burger cooked to perfection, or that gooey cheese and thick crust on that slice of pizza just out of the oven?
You probably have had such a craving at least weekly, as hamburgers and pizza are two of the more popular comfort food choices. So, it’s a good thing that the local area is bustling with places to get your fix.
This week’s Leader Ultimate Venues (LUV) section is focusing specifically on burgers and pizza joints. Whether it’s traditional spots like Domino’s for pizza or Burger King for a burger or those under-the-radar and independently-owned spots that give this area its vibrancy, there are a plentiful number of options for those in Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, the Heights and other northwest Houston neighborhoods.
In Ella Plaza at 3452 Ella Blvd., The Union Kitchen has provided an eclectic menu since opening in October of 2016. Included in its offerings are everything from burgers and pizza to fresh fish and steaks. Some of the more popular dishes are Union Kitchen’s brick-oven pizzas, which are made to order. One of the main offerings is the margherita pizza, which is fresh mozzarella, shredded mozzarella, parmesan cheese, basil pesto, fresh tomatoes and fresh basil. There is also Katie Mae’s four-meat, which is ground beef, Italian sausage, pepperoni and bacon, as well as a traditional pepperoni.
Its Union Burger has sharp cheddar and swiss cheese, along with Applewood smoked bacon with a barbecue aioli. On top are some onion strings that give it a little bit of a crunch, all surrounded by a sweet sourdough bun. Union Kitchen also offers the occasional specialty burger.
Local chain Pink’s Pizza has two area locations for residents to get fresh pizza pies, one at 1403 Heights Blvd. in the Heights and another at 3404 N. Shepherd Dr. The small spot serves both by the slice and full pies of their hand-tossed pizzas for residents to enjoy.
Mellow Mushroom, which sets up shop at 1919 N. Shepherd Dr., has a funky twist to its service. Customers can enjoy their pizza while looking at artwork, sculpture, and design tributes to NASA, Bob Marley, trolley cars, longhorns and train stations.
One of the more popular burger spots is Miller’s Café, located in the Garden Oaks Shopping Center at 3830 N. Shepherd Dr. For nearly 30 years, the family-owned café has been a mainstay for Houstonians to get their classic hamburgers, sandwiches and comfort-food sides such as fries in a casual, nostalgic environment.
Another longtime community staple is MytiBurger at 2211 W. 43rd St., which has been serving Houstonians “Texas-style” burgers since 1967 along with homemade onion rings and “just about anything else you can put bacon and cheese on,” according to the company.
“People here are very committed to their community,” owner Shawn Salyers says on MytiBurger’s website. “You see second- and third-generation families and new residents. It made me want to have a business here and put down roots here.”
Down in the Heights, there are also several popular spots. The Burger Joint at lets you customize your burger however you’d like at 2002 N. Shepherd Dr., while Hubcap Grill at 1133 W. 19th St. and Hopdoddy Burger Bar at 449 W. 19th St. serve up specialty burgers.
So, whether it is one of the options listed above, or another favorite spot within the neighborhood, the residents on Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, the Heights and northwest Houston have shortage of options by which to enrich their palates on a daily or weekly basis.