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Muffuletta Burger at Hubcap Grill

The fries were admittedly problematic. For fear of serving limp fries, Hubcap Grill is making their french fries a little too crispy. There isn't much in the way of squishy soft potato left inside. The sweet potato fries are so crunchy, they taste like sweet potato chips. Not that this is all bad. Anybody would rather eat crisp chips than limp, greasy french fries, but I think there's a little room for improvement.

I also tried the Ricky Dog, a hot dog so loaded with chili and bacon that I couldn't find the dog. It was a boring beef frank. I much prefer hot dogs with a natural casing like Vienna Beef or Boar's Head ­frankfurters.

Purist that he is, Bebout frowns on such motley creations as Hubcap's open-faced chili burger, or the Quadruple Bypass, a hamburger topped with a hot dog and chili. But then again, Bebout wouldn't eat a muffuletta burger either. I myself relish local variations. Like the San Antonio bean burger, I see the muffuletta burger and other such combinations as fascinating expressions of multiculturalism. On that second visit, I asked Ricky Craig which of the other cross-cultural burgers he suggested.

Inspired: The combination of olive salad and burger meat in the muffuletta burger.
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Inspired: The combination of olive salad and burger meat in the muffuletta burger.

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Hubcap Grill

1111 Prairie St.
Houston, TX 77002

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: Downtown/ Midtown

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Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Triple Decker: $7

Muffuletta burger: $5

Greek burger: $5

Cheeseburger: $4

Ricky Dog: $3

Fries: $2

1111 Prairie, 713-223-5885.

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"I sell a lot of Greek burgers," he said. I gave one a try.

It turned out to be a cross between a burger and a Greek salad. Lettuce, tomato and green pepper slices were loaded on the bottom half of a toasted bun and lightly doused with an olive oil dressing. Then, nested inside several rings of raw onion, there were round slices of high-quality jumbo purple olives. The hand-formed fresh ground chuck patty rested on top of the Greek salad ingredients with melted feta cheese on top. There was no fear of this burger tasting dry — it oozed burger juice and olive oil and tomato drippings with every bite.

Ricky Craig's Hubcap Grill has barely been open a month, but it's already a hit in hamburger-happy downtown Houston. I suggest you go for an early lunch if you hope to get a table.

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