By: Elizabeth Webber Akre
Click here to read part 1 of Elizabeth’s “Tales from Texas” series.
As soon as we arrived in Houston, we were starving. Thankfully, Southwest Airlines stills treats their customers like customers and we’d had some Diet Coke, Ritzbits, and peanuts on the plane, but the snack was wearing thin by the time we landed. My sister works from home and had a few things to finish up, so mom, dad, the Vivver and I headed out to a place called Miller’s Café. My parents had tried it out on their last visit, so it was a place they knew and could find. (Important when driving someone else’s car in a foreign town!)
As my sister had already pointed out to me about her new town, everything seems to reside in a strip mall. There are very few free-standing buildings or restaurants. I guess since Houston pretty much developed around the astronauts in the 60’s and 70’s, the shopping center mentality went along with that era. Miller’s is on the corner of a strip mall. It’s a casual, unassuming “joint.” The first thing I noticed as we drove up was a sign on the window that reads “Home of the Almost Famous Hamburger.” They had me at hello.
So, we entered and it’s was a pretty typical burger joint. Big coolers filled with ice and bottled beer and a huge menu hung up high describing all these great burgers. There were some other sandwiches and stuff offered, but I was all about the burgers. My eyes stopped on the “grilled onion burger.” So, I ordered that, mom had a bacon cheeseburger, dad went cheese-less (I know, he’s a cholesterol Nazi) and the Vivver got a basic kid-sized cheeseburger. The kid burger came with some awesome fries. I tasted them and was tempted to order some for the adults, but turns out, we couldn’t have eaten them. We could hear our burgers sizzling up on the flat top and they were served to us steaming hot. I think I failed to mention so far that these are hamburgers about the size of my 7-year-old, Viv’s, head. Like most people, I looked at it and said something profound like “oh, wow, these are huge. I’ll never be able to eat that.” Well, I realize I was ravenous after my peanut snack, but I’m telling you, this was an amazing burger. It was hot, juicy, and well-seasoned. The onions were grilled perfectly so that they were soft & sweet. And, I ate the whole thing with no regrets and no stuffed-to-the-gills feeling afterwards.
I’m liking this Lone Star state!