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George Motz’s Southern Burger Odyssey: Houston Edition

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George at Stanton's / Photo courtesy of George Motz
Motz at Stanton's / Houston, TX / Photo courtesy of George Motz

Don’t let the nondescript whitewashed exterior fool you. Behind Stanton’s windowless facade in downtown Houston lies one of the great under-the-radar burgers of the South.

Stanton’s started as a grocery store in the 1960s and featured a butcher counter. When Stanton Fong’s son married a chef things began to change. Eventually, food and beer eclipsed the groceries and today tables and a full roadhouse menu prevail. True to its roots, a handful of convenience store items remain, along with a robust craft beer selection.

Photo courtesy of Stanton's City Bites  
Photo courtesy of Stanton's City Bites

With its butcher pedigree, the beefiness of the burger can’t be beat. The special house-ground blend of brisket and chuck goes back 50 years, a recipe that was developed by Stanton and passed to his son Arthur Fong. Apparently, the secret recipe is known only to Art’s wife Theresa, and now remains with her after Art’s passing in 2013.

There are many burgers on the menu that chef Theresa Fong and her family have dreamed up, but the classic bacon cheeseburger is an excellent place to start. This ½-pound two-fister is cooked on a flattop and develops a tasty griddle crust. It’s served on a soft, seeded challah bun with the usual fixings, onion, lettuce, tomato, etc..but the real standout here is the beef blend. The sweetness of the fresh ground brisket and pillowy challah bun perfectly compliment the salty goodness of the bacon.

And fear not this burger’s hefty dimensions—although impressive, it is a surprisingly easy burger to consume, and it’s one of the best Texas has to offer.

Photo by George Motz
Photo courtesy of George Motz

 

Stanton’s City Bites
1420 Edwards Street
Houston, TX 11001
713/227-4893