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Guru Burgers & Crepes offers up stunning combinations of burgers and craft beer in Sugar Land.

On my last visit, I asked our young server what was on tap and he immediately responded with a thorough explanation of the Six Point brews that were the night's special with all of the proceeds going to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims in Six Point's hometown of Brooklyn, New York, as well as a detailed account of some of the other brews: a cask of Karbach's Christmas ale, Yule Shoot Your Eye Out, and a chocolate-laced Russian Imperial Stout from Brooklyn Brewery that cost a measly $4.50 and could have been marked up at least $1.50 more. But that's just not Guru's game.
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Guru's game is simply making good food, like the completely addictive beet chips that I order every time I go. It's well-established, I think, that I love beets more than a normal person loves chocolate or puppies or watching Law & Order: SVU when no one else is around. They have long been my favorite food, but I'll admit to being wary when I first saw them on Guru Burger's menu. I imagined dehydrated slices that sapped all the earthy sweetness from the root vegetable, but I couldn't have been more wrong.

Instead, the beet chips just like the regular fries, the sweet potato fries and the fried yucca sticks have a perfect texture that's all their own, neither bland and dry nor soggy and overcooked. They have all the crunch of a well-turned kettle-style potato chip but with all of the beet's signature sugary depth and beg to be ordered over any of the other chips or fries, simply because you can't find anything else like them in the city.

Guru Burgers gets creative with items like the pineapple-topped ukulele burger and beet chips.
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Guru Burgers gets creative with items like the pineapple-topped ukulele burger and beet chips.

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Guru Burgers & Crepes

2268 Texas Drive
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Outside Houston

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Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
Beet chips: $4
Guru Sticks: $6
Weisse Guy: $8
Japaneiro's Burger: $8
Ukulele Burger: $8
BLT crepe: $8
Banana-and-Nutella crepe: $7

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Likewise, the Weisse Guy and the Guru Sticks appetizers are almost too good to get away from the Weisse Guy with its Karbach Weisse-Versa beer-battered green beans and spinach (yes, you can fry spinach and yes, it's amazing) topped with lump crab meat, the Guru Sticks turning the old mozzarella sticks trope on its ear by sticking queso fresco inside wonton wrappers before frying although you can attempt to keep it healthier by ordering edamame or one of four salads (all of which come in two convenient sizes, large or small).

The crepes are served with a side salad, too, although the health benefits of the mixed greens are somewhat negated when your Three Cheese crepe is oozing across your plate or the BLT crepe you ordered is positively spilling over with bacon and goat cheese. The batter on these crepes is okay, but it doesn't achieve the fine, slightly crispy consistency that I crave. That said, the ingredients, as with the burgers, are all fine, fresh stuff, so my complaints here are fairly limited.

In any case, it's the burgers that I'm ordering here anyway, pairing up an 1836 Copper Ale from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. with an Astrodome Burger (picture a Frito pie-hamburger hybrid, the summation of all your childhood fever dreams growing up in Texas) or a Southern Star Bombshell Blonde with a gloriously messy Ukulele Burger topped with grilled pineapple and a fried egg, a trio of meat juices, fruit juices and bright yellow yolk utterly glazing your fingers as you eat. And although you can certainly end your meal with a banana-and-Nutella-stuffed crepe (helpfully divided into four small, shareable crepes), I always end mine with a growler full of a cask ale special at Guru Burger's bar or a to-go bottle of some rare find like Karbach's Bodacious that I can add to our cellar collection back home.

To me, that's sweeter than a powdered sugar-topped crepe any day.

katharine.shilcutt@houstonpress.com

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Brazos

 Katharine, plz, shhhhhh.  This area is crowded enough already.  As much as I hate Town Center, City Square or whatever the area is called, I'm only 10 minutes north so it's an easy trip to Guru or the Saucer. At least parking is easier then downtown, Washington or Montrose.

 
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