*I had finally decided that today was the day I went to Morton’s. So I’m walking over there (I work a block away) and I glance over into Houston’s and notice that the bar stools are almost all empty. Was this a sign? I took it as one and now there was a change of plans. I walk in and I could not believe I was finally inside of Houston’s. I always drive by, see the lines and think, there is no way I would wait in those lines to eat there. So I take a seat at the bar & order a refreshing Coke.
While checking out the menu, I come across a banner under the Burger heading in the menu: “Our burgers are house-ground each morning for today’s service only.” That’s always great news so I order the Cheeseburger. The bartender comes back with three little metal cups: Mayo, Mustard and Ketchup that are placed ever so lovingly next to my drink. The burger looks pretty. The fresh baked Bun topped with the perfectly cooked Burger exceeds my expectations. I know quite a few folks who swear by everything on the menu especially the Burger.
The Fries were nice and crispy, and without a doubt freshly cut. In some ways they remind of the little fries served on steaks at Lila’s (R.I.P.) or Rio Cristal . If you’re not from Miami, particularly the Westchester area then you won’t have a clue what I’m talking about . I ate my Fries with Mayo after a consultation with Vincent Vega, not too bad.
Overall a great experience and I must mention the service at Houston’s is top notch. While I was drinking my Coke, I could see the bartender from the other end of the bar eyeing my Coke so he could refill once it got low (which he did 3 times). I felt as if I was in that I Love Lucy episode where they kept refilling her water. Not that I’m complaining.
I returned to Houston’s a few days later and met the love of my wife. Her name? The Hickory Burger.
201 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, Fl 33134
*Houston’s changed its name to Hillstone, it’s still the same restaurant though.