September 15th, 2011
H-Town Showdown: #1 Hubcap Grill vs. #6 Himalaya
Now that the first round of the H-Town Showdown is officially over, things get a bit more interesting. Those that made it, did so because of their strong followings. Sides had to be chosen. Rifts were created. The coming decisions will only get more difficult.
In the second batch of matches, a burger heavy-weight tussles with a damn delicious Indian joint—it’s The Hubcap Grill takin’ on Himalaya Restaurant. Combined, they had to slug it out with RDG + Bar Annie and Dolce Vita just to get here. Tough call. Who’ve ya got?
Seed #1: Hubcap Grill
There are more than a few places in this city to grab a decent burger, but at the top of the list has to be Hubcap Grill. Whether you want a classic burger with cheese or are a more adventurous type with an affinity for the strange, how’s about the Sticky Burger or Waffle Burger? Fries? Ricky has you covered there too. Greek Fries or Hell Fries, anyone? The location in downtown has thrived thus far and the newest installment of the brand—the beer garden in the Heights—already promises to do much of the same. Look, I made it five sentences without mentioning the Cheesy Cheetos Burger. That’s a record. It’s also my favorite pick off the menu. Cheetos. Cheez Whiz. Heaven. Challenge your perceptions of Houston’s burger spots and try one today.
Seed #6: Himalaya Restaurant
Seemingly another ubiquitous storefront restaurant in an unassuming shopping strip at 59 and Hillcroft, Himalaya Restaurant is one of those places you can go and later brag about. Sure, it’s nothing flashy, but you’re in the know: the Garlic Naan, the Steak Tikka, the perfect Chai Tea, and the “best Lentil Curry in Houston.” Chef/owner Kaiser Lashkari keeps his restaurant’s atmosphere simple so the focus is on the enormous portions and flavors of his food. Himalaya churns out some of the most consistently delicious Indian food in the city, with a healthy side of excellent service. It’s a place you’ll inevitably return to again and again in a quest to leave no curried dish untried.