$13 at Goode’s Armadillo Palace on Kirby

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: Goode’s Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby, 713-526-9700

What $13 gets you: A juicy burger cooked to your specifications and a Negro Modelo.

We could debate burgers in Houston till the cows come home medium-rare with just a little pink in the middle. But Goode’s meat-loving empire has devised a burger so juicy, so tasty, that I’ve forsaken all other burgers. You won’t even care when that burger juice drips down your hand and onto your new shirt.

Granted, at $7.95, it’s a little pricier than a Whopper, but it’s well worth it. You get shoe-string style French fries and a pickle with your order. The fries have a little too much seasoned salt, so you might need a cold beverage to wash it all down. I was hoping that an ice-cold Negra Modelo wouldn’t push me over the $13 edge. Sure enough, my grand total with tax came out to $12.86.

Recommended? It’s all Goode.

The Armadillo serves an enticing array of almost-gourmet bar food. Plus, the Goode folks are always inventing new burgers. A few weekends back, the special was the Pancho Villa burger, which sounded too much like a Dirty Sanchez for me. If there’s a down side, it might be the ex-frat boys (pleated khaki, polo shirt and cowboy boots) who seem to dominate the place on the weekends. It that bothers you, grab a seat on an old saddle at the bar, watch the game in High Def and enjoy your burger coma. You won’t even notice them.

Bonus point: A paper Texas flag staked in your burger as if it were the North Pole. – Russell Cobb

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