Top 10 Old-Timey Burgers in Houston

Sometimes, you don't want a burger covered with crushed Cheetos or peanut butter. Sometimes you don't want a burger served under flocked wallpaper that you had to wait 25 minutes to be seated for. Sometimes you don't want a burger that's served to you by a guy who's dressed better than you dress for Sunday morning church service.

Sometimes you just want a regular, no-frills, old-timey burger. Cheese optional, paper napkins mandatory. And at those times, you want to be able to head to a faithful burger stand or ramshackle joint under a bridge and get your meat on.

Below are our 10 favorite old-timey burgers in Houston. If we missed your favorite, let us know about it in the comments section below.

10. Sam's Deli Diner 11637 Katy Freeway

At one time, Sam's would have topped this list. As of late, however, the burgers at this west side haunt -- which has served the neighborhood around it for more than 30 years -- have slipped considerably in quality. Here's hoping it corrects the recent rash of bad burgers and becomes true to form once again. I'm keeping them on the list, although at the bottom, because I still have faith in Sam's. Their Blue Bell ice cream shakes are still tops, after all.

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Katharine Shilcutt