*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.