Saturday, November 2, 2013

Stanton City Bites- A Gem Near Downtown

Restaurant: Stanton City Bites
1420 Edwards Street, Houston, Texas 77007
A-la-carte or buffet? A-la-carte
Date of visit: 11/2/13

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UPDATE 8/10/15:
Have been a regular ever since the first visit and they have never failed to impress. Every trip was absolutely worth it. They also have halal chicken patties, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and chili! The restaurant was remodeled since the beginning of the year. Grading is the same. The pics below are from the various visits that I have made.

Basic Cheeseburger

Blue Moon Burger

Chicken tenders, fries, and BBQ sauce


Curly fries

Holy Cow with extra chicken patty

Chili Dogs with Cajun fries

Sliders and fries

Truck Stopper



Salam/hey guys! Today brings the oldest established restaurant in this review so far: Stanton's City Bites. This restaurant has been in the exact same location since 1961, beating out Famous Hamburger by 9 years. It is actually well known to many Houstonians. Its founder, Art Fong, was an icon in the city. He was regarded by many to be the best burger chef that Houston ever had. His legacy continues even after his death in 2010. His restaurant has won awards from the Houston Press as being the best burgers in Houston.  It was even featured in many prominent national blogs and was shown on Travel Channel's Burger Land. That was all before I heard about this restaurant. Only this year did the management decided to make this place halal! The news spread like a firestorm! Soon, I would see people talking about this restaurant and how amazing it is! This motivated me to try it out and see whether it was true or not. So after my chem lab, I made the trip.

Let The Experience Begin!
Stanton's City Bites is located just a few blocks down the City of Houston Municipal Courts in the 6th Ward. The parking is a bit narrow, as you would have back out onto the streets. Inside, it was getting crowded. It was like your usual convenience store with tables and chairs. There are coolers that sell soda, water, and alcohol. There were memorabilia of classic Houston sports events, such as the 1989 Houston Oilers Schedule, an ad for the 2004 MLB All Star Game that was held in Houston, and Rockets schedules being available at the front. There was an awesome mural of the Simpsons police officers going after a juicy burger. This reminded me of being in a nice cozy restaurant somewhere between Houston and Dallas on Interstate 45, where there were murals of cattle traveling through the cattle trails and Texas landmarks like the Alamo and Big Bend National Park. The menu is directly on the billboard. After going through the billboard, I was ready to order.

Let's Eat!
I ordered the Monster Burger without Bacon, fries, and Mexican Pepsi (Pepsi with REAL sugar) The Monster Burger had two patties, 4 pieces of American Cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and their special house sauce. I paid a total of $16.24 (tax included). The waiting time was great for a burger at 9 minutes and 1 second. While eating, I noticed that the people make the customers feel welcome at the restaurant. Some even had casual conversations with the customers. They would come around the tables and ask the people for their feedback. This is an excellent tool to measure how tasty the food was as they could improve their recipes if a customer wasn't satisfied. Some would talk about the Rockets upcoming season or the Texans game tomorrow against the Colts. Some would talk about how the restaurant is going after Art Fong's passing.

Now everything is not halal. Everything is halal except the bacon. For any of the burgers, you can request them to not put bacon in it. The halal beef is cooked separately from the pork. The fries are also cooked in vegetable oil, not beer batter. The only haram burger is the Miss Piggy burger, as it has a mix of beef and bacon patty.

Halal sign displayed on door

Mexican Pepsi

Monster Burger, fries and Pepsi

The Verdict:
I have nothing but praise for this restaurant. The burger was just magnificent! It tasted like the burger from Famous Hamburger in Dearborn. The burger was one of the juiciest that I have ever eaten. I really loved the goo-like cheese that was in the burger. All the vegetables were fresh, including the pickles. The fries were perfectly cooked, and it tasted great with ketchup. The food was washed down with the bottle of Mexican Pepsi. Overall, two thumbs up. Now when the people came and asked me how it was, I said that it was amazing. One was even surprised that I had finished the monster burger quickly (yes I was extremely hungry xD). The other person even said that he eats one of these every day! I do not complain as it was very delicious!

Stanton City Bites has been added to my list of favorite restaurants in Houston (I have more than 1, but I will not reveal them all). Their great burger and service has turned me into a future loyal customer. No wonder it is a household name in Houston and that they have been awarded many times for their burgers. I will definitely start making more trips here now, considering that it is near UH. I wish the best for them and hope that they would succeed with their business while supplying halal beef. If you are on a business trip and staying at a hotel in downtown, or if you have to come to the courthouse to fight a ticket or serve jury duty, then take some time and stop at this place. You will come out a satisfied customer.

Service: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Waiting Time: 10/10
Overall: 30/30 = 100% (A)
Pricing: $$ out of $$$$

Restaurant Information
Stanton City Bites
1420 Edwards Street, Houston, Texas 77007
Phone: (713) 227-4893
Instagram: follow them at stantonscitybites
Timings: Mon: closed; Tue-Thu: 11 AM - 8 PM; Fri-Sat: 11 AM - 9 PM; Sun: 11 AM - 4 PM
Caters: Yes

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Zain Mohammed

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