I was recently in Houston, TX on business (yes, that does mean that Texas has Tillamook!!) and was told that I HAVE to try this cool Gastropub with the best burgers in town. In a city known for their burgers, I obviously obliged without much fight – and I am glad I did! When I walked into BRC Gastropub (519 Shepherd Dr Houston, TX 77007), I knew I was home. Was it the warm red and white wallpaper? The butcher paper specials menu? The kind and genuine service? Yes! And then there was the smell of burgers and melted cheese! Some may call it sensory overload in the best way – I call it perfection!
It was a Monday night – a busy night for BRC due to the burger special they feature – so we sat at the bar to start with a nice glass of red wine and some Poutine St. Baconry. Put this in front of any red blooded man and you will hear, “OH LORD. I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN EAT ALL OF THAT, BUT I’M GUNNA TRY!” Crisp Fries, Pulled Pork Shortrib, Mushroom Pan Gravy and Chile con Queso. You can even add a fried egg if you’re not drooling enough already!
We were seated surprisingly quickly, for how busy they were, at a table right in the middle of the room. Our bartender continued to be our server – and we couldn’t have been more pleased. He was terrific. I was with two co-workers and we all ordered a burger of various types – all thoroughly enjoying them! I ordered the BRC Pub Burger with fries and cheddar cheese. With fresh ground beef, mapley bacon, really nice sauce (that’s actually what the sauce is called on the menu, and Tillamook Cheddar Cheese, it was tender, moist and incredibly flavorful. The bun (courtesy of Slow Dough Bread Co.) had great flavor and texture – holding the patty and fixins’ together perfectly.
Tillamook has partnered with BRC in the past when the Loaf Love Tour was in Houston and we really hope to be back in 2012. If you are reading this and live in Houston or if you plan to visit Houston, PLEASE make sure BRC is on the schedule! It is an establishment that has been given the Tillamook stamp of approval! Enjoy!
~ Matt of the Tillamook Team