Burgers the Brazilian Way at Friends Pizzeria

Categories: Burger Break

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Photos by Katharine Shilcutt
Now that's a burger.
Upon initial glance, there are so many flummoxing things about the newly opened Friends Pizzeria: A pizza place that's Brazilian? A pizza place that serves hamburgers? Hamburgers and pizza with corn and peas on them?

Houston might have become familiar over the years with its fair share of ethnic cuisines from Ethiopian to Japanese. But for all the Brazilian-style rodizios and churrascarias we have in town, we don't have a place that specializes in the endlessly fun stuff that is Brazilian fast food. Friends Pizzeria seems intent on changing that.

The small but high-energy restaurant next to another high-energy place -- Genji Karaoke -- on Westheimer has super-late hours to appeal to its neighbors (it closes at 3:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday) and a broad menu that would appeal to the drunkest barhound as well as the casual neighborhood visitor. And, of course, the adventurous food lovers.

That's where the Brazilian portion of Friends' menu comes in.

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As I understand it, the "X" that comes before every burger on a Brazilian fast-food-style menu indicates that the burger will have, at the very least, cheese. That's because the letter X is pronounced "sheesh" in Portuguese, a sound which comes very close to sounding like "cheese." So a X-Tudo burger on the Friends Pizzeria menu means that you're getting a cheeseburger "Tudo" -- with almost everything.

Everything means everything: bacon, ham, peas, corn, potato sticks, tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise and even a fried egg. It's a burger that's difficult to eat, for sure, but rewarding. I liked the pleasant crunch provided by the peas, corn and potato sticks, although I wasn't a fan of the extra-fatty bacon used on the X-Tudo ($6.95). It reminded me of the fatty bacon used in an English fry-up or a bacon buttie. Give me some American-style crispy bacon any day of the week.

What I loved, however was the pizza.

Location Info

Friends Pizzeria - CLOSED

7952 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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jhonny
jhonny

Im a regular at this place and to be honest with you those guys are pretty nice !

bguy Knobe
bguy Knobe

These guys are SOOOOOOO RUDE!!!!!! - I will never return, They screwed up my order so instead of a remake the just pulled off some toppings added what was missing (uncooked) and handed it back to me - YUK!! they shouted at me for having the nerve to complain about their screw up. They broke health violations when they took a pizza that was on my table in the back and re worked on it. This place does not deserve your business.-**** Added Comments **** The owner sent me a private message "get a life fat A**" this shows you they type of person that owns this place this guy has no morals. He claims my review was made up that is a lie my review was 100% truthful. I used a groupon big deal! you did not even give me the full value, don't offer it if you don't want the business. I asked if I could get it to go you said so so I sat down, You put it in a to go box because you butchered the pizza and wanted me to leave.  

Steve
Steve

The owner of Friends Pizzeria is racist, prejudiced, narrow-minedand treats customers horribly. The owner called me a “cheap ass”, because Iused a Groupon his company endorsed to use with Groupon! He (looked Pakistani,gray mustache, about 5’6”and his bald co-worker (about same height) hurledinsults and close-minded stereotypes of my race, because I did not want to paya spontaneous 18% additional charge for using a Groupon his company endorsed!They took off the charge after I called the police.  As a customer and a person, I’ve never beentreated so disgracefully and dishonorably in my life!

Ronaldobeverly
Ronaldobeverly

im brazilian and in brazil thats how we eat burgers, with a lot of vegetable and much more, burger with just  ketchup and pickles  is just sad if your from houston you shoud try this place i ate there 2 times all ready and as brazilian i love it.

craig
craig

My neighbors from Rio only eat sugar.

I'm serious. 

Anne Sauer
Anne Sauer

 There's a Brazillian pizza place here in SF called Pizza Orgasmica. We tried the "Girl from Ipanema"--shredded chicken, corn, and biana cheese: http://www.pizzaorgasmica.com/... I am now a fan of corn on pizza.

Aoeje
Aoeje

My thinking behind the corn and the peas: Brazil's green and yellow national colors! Otherwise, why?

John Kiely
John Kiely

That explains the 2 tablespoons of sugar in the Ypioca Caipirinha recipe.  It tasted like a sweet sweet typo. 

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