Hillstone – Coral Gables, Florida

Houstons - Coral Gables, Florida

*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.

Coke w/Sauce Trilogy

Coke w/Sauce Trilogy

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.

Burger w/Cheddar Cheese

Burger w/Cheddar Cheese

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.


Hickory Burger

Hickory Burger

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.

Comments (6):

  1. Ceasetodream

    January 2, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    You left out the most important factor…….how expensive was this experience? I’m sure you paid top dollar for that bartender to watch your soda. Come to think of it, maybe they just hire people with OCD to serve their food and drinks. That bartender will probably fall to his knees and cry like a bitch if he ever saw an empty glass…his world would fucking end right then and there.

  2. Ana(bell)

    January 4, 2009 at 2:19 AM

    I guess me saying "thank you" made you think I was interested in having lunch with you again… WRONG. But I will say this, you forgot to mention that the guy refilling our drinks, was the only Hispanic looking person in there, & he had the shittiest job.

  3. Carlos Miller

    January 31, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Lila’s was the best. Not only for their steaks and fries, but their Cuban sandwiches.

  4. gcbron

    June 26, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    I love Houston's. Everything they serve is consistently good. The burgers, Asian salad, ribs and steaks never disappoint. The staff is excellent and attentive and I don't think they're expensive considering the quality of the food and service.

  5. Anonymous

    August 10, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Had a cheesburge last night at Houston's and swear the thickness of the meat has shrunk like a Costanza after the pool. Economy cut backs I guess, very disappointed and still hungry.

  6. Patty G.

    February 4, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Houstons burger (it’s called something else now, but same chain restaurant group), was a standout for the grilled flavor, actual oak smoke, and yes those Lila’s style shoestring fries. Heaven. Next time you eat at the bar, though, enjoy an orange margarita and watch them squeeze the oranges first. Delish. I used to frequent this location as well as Aventura, which has a nice soothing lakeview and music speakers around the walkway they built into the shoreline (great if you’re waiting for a table or wanna snog someone post dinner).