Burger Bracket 2012: The Elite 8

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Green Seed Vegan

Team Fatty FatBastard


Bracket: Veggie Burgers

First up was Ziggy's Healthy Grill. It took us all about 30 minutes to show up, so we ordered some chips and "homemade" salsa... Tostito's and Pace would have been better. Sadly, this was the highlight of the meal.

We decided to order one chickpea burger, one bean burger, and a buffalo burger. We all agreed that everything was horrid. The buffalo was overcooked and dry, and the two veggie options? We were very worried about the rest of the places we were obligated to go...

Next up was Beaver's. We all agreed that this burger was pretty good, although a slice of cheese would have really added to it. And the $12 price tag was ridiculous. However, if you're going to get this, might I suggest you split a side of mac & cheese? That was the show-stopper. I highly encourage you suggest this to the next team, as well.

Then came Green Seed Vegan. This one we went in pairs on, with wildly different results. The first two sent me texts this week showing they were there. The next pic showed this. (I have the pics...)

They said it tasted like dirt, and found it inedible. Needless to say, my friend and I went for round 2 with very low expectations. We chose to split one, and the lady cheerfully obliged. (She really was sweet.) When we tried ours, we both nodded and shrugged. This was pretty damn tasty. I even envied the fact that his half had more cilantro and avocado than mine. I would recommend folks to try this (at least the one I had) and will be taking the other two back to try this again to see which one of ours was more accurate.

Finally we got to Natachee's. Naturally we ordered one vegetarian sandwich, three chicken fried steaks with eggs and hashbrowns, one open-faced meatloaf sandwich, and a club. This one was also very good, and we all agreed that the cheese made the sandwich. Would we order it again? Certainly, if our doctor said we had to go meatless for a month. There are far too many good items here.

As to the results? Here's the funny part. Even the two who thought Green Seed tasted like dirt preferred it over Ziggy's. Their entire menu needs serious work. Green Seed wins easily.

As to Natachee vs. Beaver's? This was, by far, the hardest to judge, as both were interesting, pleasant and (hopefully) healthy. Major points went to Natachee's for automatically adding cheese. But Beaver's wins by a nose. I also suggest that the next team try one with cheese and one without to see if it makes a difference.

Location Info

Venue

Map

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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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?

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.

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.

SirRon
SirRon

 Solid comment. *My* dome is exploding.

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

 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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