Miller’s Café in Houston, Texas was recommended to me by my hairdresser so after having ten vials of blood taken for medical tests, I thought a little beef was just the thing my body needed to replenish its iron levels. My husband was kind enough to stop by on his way home from work so I could satisfy my meat craving.
I ordered a hamburger with fries – yes, it seems all American but it’s not the usual for me – while my husband had the onion rings. Miller’s Café isn’t just for burgers though; they also have hot dogs, chicken tenders, black bean burgers, turkey burgers, and tuna sandwiches.
The hamburgers at Miller’s Café are no sliders; in fact, they’re huge and could easily be shared by two people if they both had sides. For only $4.70, that’s a bargain. I thought the burger was very messy but maybe that’s because I made the mistake of removing it from the paper wrap. It was also a bit watery as tomato juice from the two large slices of tomatoes dripped everywhere.
The burgers usually come with lettuce, mustard, onions, mayonnaise and pickles but my husband ordered my burger without onions and mayonnaise; I would have preferred if the mustard was omitted as well. I don’t mind a small amount of mustard to offset the ketchup but I thought the amount of mustard used at Miller’s Café was a tad much for my taste buds. We were given tons – and I mean tons – of Heinz ketchup packets and because of those, I discovered that I actually prefer Hunts which has a slightly thicker consistency.
The poppy seed bun was large and if I liked poppy seeds I’d be in hog heaven but unfortunately I’m a sesame seed type of gal so I was not overly fond of the poppy seeds sprinkling my plate. My husband, however, loves poppy seeds so at least his bun palette was satisfied.
The meat itself was OK; not great, not bad, just OK. It got lost in the mix with the other ingredients but once I took it out of the bun the taste stood out. The beef was too gristly for me since I prefer lean meat but I don’t think it was fatty enough to put regular meat eaters off.
The French fries cost $2.25, and were obviously homemade which is a plus but whoever made them has a thing about salt. My body and salt don’t mix so after just a few bites I knew these fries would not work for me. I gave them the benefit of the doubt though and decided to heat them up in the broiler just to make sure I tried them the way they were meant to be eaten: hot. This only intensified the strange taste and salty texture so I have to give the fries two thumbs down. My husband, however, tasted the fries in the car immediately after they were made, and thought they were pretty good.
My husband ordered the onion rings as his side dish and when he was done – he ate all but one onion ring – he said he wished he had ordered the fries. Hmm. The onion rings apparently were like the burgers; nothing great, nothing bad, just OK.
I’m sensing a theme here but in all fairness we had our food to go, and this is the type of place where the food really should be eaten as soon as it is made. I’m not sure if it’s the prices, the atmosphere of the cafe or the owners, but Miller’s Cafe usually has a line out the door during lunchtime, so maybe this place is worth a second try – only next time I’ll avoid the fries.
Miller’s Café has four locations throughout the greater Houston area but the one we frequented is located at 3830 North Shepherd Drive, Houston, Texas, 77018. Their phone number is 713-699-2947. The Miller’s Café web site (which has a complete menu for each location) is http://millerscafehouston.com. The Garden Oaks location is open from 11 AM to 9 PM during the week, and from 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday.