Burger Bracket 2012: The Elite 8

Categories: Burger Break

Between our last Burger Bracket 2012 announcement and today, we had an interesting development: The owners of H-Town StrEATs welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world. The team is taking a well-deserved leave of absence, which means that H-Town StrEATs had to drop out of this year's competition.

Never fear: We're saving them a spot in next year's bracket, and our burger judges were quickly dispatched to El Gran Malo instead. The gastrocantina's chorizo-and-fried-egg-topped torta burger stepped in to fill the Extreme bracket.

Did the torta burger advance? Find out below.

Each team also helpfully sent us the tasting notes they used to determine the winners in each bracket. The notes have been transcribed in their entirety -- including one epic burger poem from Team Burgerteers that you simply must read.

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Bracket: Fancy-Pants Burgers

Down House - Great use of local ingredients. The cheese had wonderful flavor. It was the meat that was a little bland and not consistently cooked. There are a lot of great things happening for this burger, but the meat fell short.

Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro - Amazing flavor! The mango chipotle salsa with the "panther" sauce was a great balance of sweat/spicy. The meat also did not fall short and was perfectly cooked and seasoned. This burger may not be for everyone because of the spice, but it was tantalizing to our palates.

Mockingbird Bistro - This burger definitely matched up to the wonderful atmosphere of this place. A well cooked and seasoned burger was definitely set-off by the other accoutrements on the plate. The Gruyere cheese in all of its melted glory was just the right touch to make this one of the better burgers.

Block 7 Wine Company - This unsuspecting burger packed a ton of flavor. Though there is a lot going on with this burger flavor wise, (the bacon "relish", the arugula, and the aioli (with a little Dijon)) no one flavor overpowered the wonderfully seasoned and prepared meat.

Location Info

Down House

1801 Yale, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro

1214 W. 43rd St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

1985 Welch St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Block 7 Wine Company - CLOSED

720 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: General

Bernie's Burger Bus

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hubcap Grill

1111 Prairie St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bubba's Texas Burger Shack

5230 Westpark, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Little Bitty Burger Barn

5503 Pinemont Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Gratifi Kitchen + Bar

302 Fairview, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Beaver's

2310 Decatur St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Natachee's Supper 'n Punch

3622 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Green Seed Vegan

2305 Wheeler, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Burger Guys - CLOSED

12225 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Gran Malo - CLOSED

2307 Ella, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Max's Wine Dive

4720 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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14 comments
Ziggysbarandgrill
Ziggysbarandgrill

Awwwww....high school all over again.  Got invited to the party only to get dissed by the mean girls.  Get the name right. It's Ziggy's Bar + Grill.  Screw healthy.  Now where did I put Ricky Craig's phone number?

Jomaflo
Jomaflo

you've got it all wrong with the veggie burger. its all about becks prime veggie burgers. yeah its a chain, so what...sue me. at least its a local chain. 

trizza nizza
trizza nizza

the El Fake burger didn't advance!? gasp!!! I'm surprised shilcutt's dome didn't explode under the weight of her disappointment.

Paul R.
Paul R.

I see The Burger Guys & Bernies in the Finals!!  Damn...I'm craving the Country Boy burger right now.  

Nathan
Nathan

The Shack was not included, so I am not intrested anymore

Cory
Cory

I find it surprising that Petrol Station wasn't a contender.   They have some great burgers!

SirRon
SirRon

I feel like I can now stop pimping Block 7's burger here. After years of work down here in the comment section, this great burger has finally gotten some respect above the Disqus line. Yessss.

Eric S
Eric S

Based on my burger eating, I'd say the only real upset was Block 7 over Plonk.

I'll pick Mockingbird, Burger Guys, Bernie's and Beaver's to advance. No disrespect to Hubcap, but their basic burger isn't as good as Bernie's basic burger. Either way, that's the most competitive matchup, in my opinion.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

 I don't "diss."  I simply say how I, or in this case, we feel.  Use it as a review to check the kitchen on consistency, if nothing else.  We ordered 5 items and there wasn't a shining moment with any of them.  I try to balance the positives with the negatives, but on our visit, there were no positives.  Use it as constructive criticism.

SirRon
SirRon

 Solid comment. *My* dome is exploding.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

 Beaver's with cheese may very well win, but if I were to suggest a veggie burger in Houston to a guest, I'd go Green Seed.  I'm not a fan of vegan nonsense, but good is good, and that truck deserves credit for creating a good substitute.  I will say that my friends said they had no avocado and minimal veggies, so I'll just say to the owner "Be consistent."

Bruce R
Bruce R

Watch out, Eric.  Hubcap Dude probably has a flaming bag of shit with your name on it.

Eric S
Eric S

Nah, Ricky knows I love his burgers. It really depends on what the judges' instructions are. If they can order whatever they want, then Hubcap has a good shot. If they can only order single-patty, basic cheeseburgers, then Bernie's has the edge. Then again, I don't get the basic burger at either place, so my perspective is warped. 

Kagan23
Kagan23

Master of Illogic, watchout! Eric might be as right as a political pundit

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