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Burger Shot: House of Pies' Texas Cheeseburger

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Get your burger with a side of nostalgia at the 24-hour Houston classic diner, House of Pies, 3112 Kirby.

Here we have the monster-size Texas Cheeseburger ($9.95).

But be warned: Whether you're going for a mid-afternoon lunch or a late-night snack, you'll likely need a long nap after devouring this beefy, overloaded grease bomb. And we say grease bomb in the nicest possible way...

The massive, loosely formed 1/2-pound patty is fatty in a way you totally want it to be fatty. Each crevice drips succulent beef juice that gets sopped up in the larger-than-life bun.

On top comes a healthy amount of sharp and tangy melted cheddar and a crap ton of "Texas sticks" -- which, in case you didn't know, are heavily battered and deep-fried onion and jalapeño strings that add the proper amount of crunch and spice.

Served with a side of fries and dressed with all the usual suspects -- lettuce, tomato, pickle chips and a side of mayonnaise that you should totally slather all over the burger because at this point, why the hell not! -- the Texas Cheeseburger is an overlooked classic that everyone should get reacquainted with.

Just don't forget to save room for a slice of pie (we are pretty much obsessed with the Bayou Goo). It'd be a sin not to.

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