Double Cheeseburger at Southwell's Hamburger Grill

It's amazing how many burger places are closed on Sundays. I learned this fact recently when, at the end of the weekend, I was craving a cheap, greasy burger and began perusing the websites of Bellaire Burger Broiler, Lucky Burger, and a few other establishments.

With my first, second, and third choices in burger restaurants not open for business, I decided to try Southwell's Hamburger Grill, which I had passed many a time on my way to school but so far ignored in favor of kitschier places not located in strip malls.

Some online reviewers suggested Southwell's burgers were similar to BK Whoppers in their texture and thickness; others noted their low prices. No one suggested the burgers' flavor and quality put them on par with those served at Houston's premier joints, but I figured a decent patty or two for less than $8 would be money well spent (or reasonably wasted).

Low expectations can be a good thing when trying new restaurants. My double cheeseburger ($6.77) was juicy, tender, and dripping with creamy American cheese. Although no one asked me how I wanted it cooked (it came medium; rare would have been ideal), the cook honored my request for no mayo and extra tomatoes. I also appreciated the choice of whole wheat or white bun and the service - I got my burger in less than five minutes despite a semi-full restaurant.

I skipped the sides, a decision I immediately regretted when I spotted a fellow diner's order of spicy waffle fries. Next time, next time.

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Joanna O'Leary