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I generally prefer sticking to Mytiburger's standards, however, like surprisingly excellent frozen fries that feature a nicely crisped exterior and soft, mellow inside that's never mealy or mushy. Equally good are the crispy little sticks of sweet potato fries or the house specialty onion rings dipped in the jalapeño ketchup that sits on every table.
"We hand bread them every morning," says Salyers, who knew that he could never remove the popular side from the menu. Mytiburger also still makes its cherry limeade with fresh limes and its extra-thick, extra-creamy shakes with extra malt — upon request — but has also added fresh, house-cut fries if you're feeling extra fancy.
In addition to those fries and the new burger accoutrements, Salyers has also installed Wi-Fi — no easy task, as he had to get a drill hammer to punch through walls "built like a bunker." It's worth it to him, though, to try and encourage a new generation to discover the "Myti Good" burgers in what he likes to refer to as a "vintage" — not "old" — restaurant.
2211 W. 43rd St.
Houston, TX 77018
Region: Outer Loop - NE
Plenty of other things are still vintage at Mytiburger, from the 45-year-old grills to the staff, many of whom have worked there for 15 years. Salyers was excited to hire them back and equally excited to get Green's help in running the place. After the sale, she signed a six-month contract with Salyers to help out, show him the ropes and keep the place running smoothly. She's also helping Salyers retain another demographic that's as important as new fans: loyal regulars.
"The whole dynamic of the place is that it caters to the older crowd and people who've lived in the neighborhood a long time," says Salyers, "I want to keep those customers. I want to keep it basic, keep it to what they expect." He recalls one of his first days in business: "One guy came in and said he was standing right here when he heard that John Lennon had been shot. That's history right there."
But Salyers isn't stagnating. He has big plans for Mytiburger aside from just fried eggs and refried beans. He wants to build a seating area under an oak tree out back when he's saved the money and wants to start serving breakfast soon. "Breakfast tacos," he says, "and breakfast sandwiches. Stuff we can cook up on the grills."
The new era of Mytiburger is fully dawning this week, when Salyers will take the reins for good. Green — who typically works seven days a week, 12 hours a day, and knows every customer before they even walk in the door — is leaving. Her contract ends on February 15. I think that this new phase of Mytiburger's life will end up suiting the old burger joint just fine, although Salyers admits he's a little nervous.
"A car pulls up, and Kathy starts making the order," says Salyers. "I don't know if I'll ever get there, but I'm trying."
Since I've been trying to eat lighter recently, I've been getting two little burgers with mustard at the typical fast food joints for lunch. (no fries and just water.) Not only is it typically only 3-4 bucks, but it is definitely filling enough for lunch and is usually right around 500 calories.
Not only are these little burgers good, they're pretty good for you. Just an FYI to any dieters out there.
there's another in Spring Branch at the corner of Kempwood and Blalock. thanks HP, you've got my mouth watering now! i think i might head over there in a minute
Tosshi, try the Spring Branch location. We love it there. It's not gourmet. The parking lot is a nightmare. But the people are friendly and the burgers and fries are just fine. Also good coffee in the mornings, served in actual coffee mugs. You always see a cool cross-section of Spring Branch in there. It's a comfort spot.
What's the story with the Mytiburger in Spring Branch? It's right around the corner from my house, so I've been tempted to try it due to enjoying the original location but, to put it kindly, the Spring Branch location looks like a bit of a dump.
I grew up eating at this place. It's like home for my family. We still go there frequently, even though we've moved a little farther from the area. I'll miss Kathy. She has always been very good to my famly and others in the neighborhood. I'm thrilled to see the new owner has plans to keep the place open and vital. It's still my favorite place to get a burger in Houston.
Nice job capturing the spirit of the place. It's in Oak Forest, though... not Garden Oaks. (I just went through the Oaks learning curve.)
I've always meant to go there, so I'm going to try and make an effort to hit them soon. Thanks for the review!
Try 2 chili dogs with cheese and raw onions, all the way (w/ mustard) with a side of tater tots. Best meal for less than ten dollars in the neighborhood in my opinion.
What a great story! Your "Yet I still champion them..." paragraph is poetry, perfectly suitable for framing.
I was going to say how much I appreciate the sensible portions at Mytiburger. You get a large fries, and you're so used to the mountain of starch you get at places like Five Guys that you think you're getting ripped off, but in fact it's the perfect portion. I can have a meal at Mytiburger, fries and all, without feeling the need for a nap afterward.
@flamingorev I'm pretty sure the two locations are not related.
@TosshiTX I don't think it's the same owner. I don't know how it could have the same name.
@aguilar.charlotte I am honestly still confused as to the delineation between the two and I've lived here my whole life. Can you help me out?
@kshilcutt @aguilar.charlotte Ella is the recognized border between the neighborhoods. Ella runs north/south.
@OakForestNeighbor Don't forget Magnum Manor that begins west of Mangum on 43rd. lol - not Oak Forest there.
Marcy's right, the short version is that Oak Forest runs from Ella west to 290, and Garden Oaks runs from Ella east to Shepherd.
Very excited to hear that Mytiburger might be adding breakfast, I've been hoping they would for ages. And agreed with the other commenter touting the chili cheese dogs with mustard and onions!
Yeah I think Lebron is a bit confused...but I do not consider the neighborhood north of 43rd and west of Ella to be Garden Oaks; that area around Candlelight Park is Oak Forest, is it not? Then again, east of Ella is not all Garden Oaks, either; you've got Shepherd Park Plaza nestled in there, and that is definitely not Garden Oaks--at least that's how I see it. I thought Garden Oaks was the upscale neighborhood east of Ella and west of Shepherd, straddling 43rd for a couple of blocks in either direction, with more of it south than north...but am I wrong? Oh these questions are of such supreme importance...
@jdmkid77 It might be Houston but Oak Forest is