Saturday, November 12, 2016

Quick Review: Burger Tex Grill: Halal Burgers in Katy

Restaurant: Burger Tex
Address: 17756 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas
Buffet or a-la-carte: neither
Date of visit: 9/16/16

Salam/hey guys! Today I will be doing a quick review of another halal burger spot in town. This is called Burger Tex. I first found out about this place from Facebook while I was in Illinois. I made it a point to come back and give it a try. I got to try it before heading for my old office for some work and Friday Prayer.

Let The Experience Begin!
Burger Tex is located at the intersection of I-10 and Barker Cypress Road in the strip mall where the Firehouse Sub is. Inside, there were tables and a TV playing. There was a significant amount of people there, and the line kept flowing. I read the menu and was ready to order.

Let's Eat!
I ordered an 8 oz. cheeseburger combo. When it came, there was nothing but fresh buns, the patty, and the cheese. I then realized that there was a bar where you could customize the ingredients! There were toppings like romaine and iceberg lettuce, regular and caramelized onions, tomatoes, pickles and jalapenos. They even had different sauces like BBQ sauce ranch (personally I don't understand why), thousand islands sauce and the usual ketchup, mayo, and mustard. They even have sriracha. The combo came with fries and a drink. All of this for under $10 (tax included). Great value! I got the burger with mayo, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, caramelized and regular onions, and the gooey cheese sauce. For the fries, I made my own sriracha mayo sauce by simply mixing the mayo and sriracha. Think of this place as a cheaper, halal version of Fuddruckers or Elevation burger but with bigger burgers.

Menu: Now according one of the people working there, everything was halal. I also inquired about the turkey bacon, twice actually, and got that they were halal. But after reading online, some people were saying that that the turkey bacon isn't halal, but is cooked separately. On my next visit, I will find out the truth. I just hope it wouldn't turn out to be Turkeygate 2.0 (Turkeygate is a nickname of mine and others about the scandal of M&M Grill's turkey bacon from 2014). Anyways, the prices are great! Nothing over $10 and good size burgers. I'm sold.
According to their website, there is a new menu in the works. It has not been implemented at the time of the visit. When I make my next visit, or if they make an announcement of the new menu on Facebook, I will post it.

The menu (click to view)

The burger, fries and sriracha mayo

The Verdict:
The first thing that can be said is that this is nothing compared to Stanton's, but it beats Elevation Burger in terms of the build your own concept. The second thing was that the burger was pretty good, and filling as well. The fries were also good, and went well with the sriracha mayo (which I made myself)
No complaints about the service. I appreciate the lady for helping me out and clarifying that everything was halal.

Though Stanton's retains the title for best halal burgers in town, I found this place to be more better than Elevation. This is a place that I could go if I wanted a burger and didn't have the time to make the drive to Stanton's or if Stanton's is closed. I'd still recommend you guys to give it a try!

Service: 8/10
Food: 7.5/10
Total: 15.5/20 = 77.5% (C)
Pricing: $ out of $$$$

Restaurant Information:
Burger Tex Grill
17756 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas
Phone: (281) 578-9495
Timings: Mon-Sat: 11 AM - 8:30 PM; Sunday: closed
Caters: Unknown

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Zain Mohammed

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Bombay Chopsticks: The Best Indo-Chinese Restaurant near O'Hare?

Restaurant: Bombay Chopsticks
Address: 721 W Golf Road, Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60619
Buffet or a-la-carte: a-la-carte
Date of visit: 9/4/16

Salam/hey guys! At long last, I am in September. I definitely have A LOT of catching up to do. Today I will be talking about my trip to Bombay Chopsticks in Hoffman Estates, a suburb of Chicago near O'Hare. I mainly got to go here because I was hanging out with my cousins. We were hungry, so we decided to go here.

Let The Experience Begin!
The restaurant is located at the intersection of W Golf Rd and Salem Drive. This by the way is no way related to the Bombay Chopstix in the Dallas area. Once I went inside, I was amazed. It is such a nice place, considering what most Indian or Indo-Chinese places look like. Think of the ambiance as similar to Mayuri in Houston, but much nicer. It was bustling, and we were escorted to our table. After looking at the menu, we were ready to order.

Let's Eat!
We ordered a total of five dishes: chicken lollipops, hot and sour soup, chicken corn soup, American chop suey, and chili chicken. My uncle paid for the meal. We just sat around and waited.

Menu (click to view): Lunch Menu, Dinner Menu
The first thing that struck me when I looked at the menu was the dim sum, HALAL dim sum. Halal dim sum is such a rare food item in the world (excluding Muslim countries). This is because pork and lard are common ingredients in traditional dim sum.
The only other place that I heard serves halal Dim Sum that isn't a Muslim country is the Islamic Centre Canteen all the way in Hong Kong! My first instinct was to order them and FINALLY get to try it, but it would be a 25 minute wait and we didn't have that much time remaining. Bummer. Anyways, they have a very extensive menu of Asian and some Indian food items. Examples include paneer satay, chicken Singapore style, sliced lamb, and lettuce wraps. Despite the name "Bombay", the restaurant mainly focuses on Asian specialties.  The lunch menu doesn't apply for the weekend. Weird as they are open on the weekend as well.

Clockwise from top left: chicken lollipops, hot and sour soup, American chop suey with chicken, chili chicken, and chicken corn soup

The Verdict:
Man, this place was wonderful! This is also the best Indo-Asian place I've had in America so far, beating Bombay Chopstix in Dallas by a significant amount. It's the third best I've had in my life (first is Grill in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and second is Ohri's in Hyderabad, India). I use Indo-Asian instead of Indo-Chinese because not all Asian food is Chinese. Everything was of high quality and was really tasty. The chop suey was also good, even though I am not a big fan of the crispy noodles. The food was washed down with water. Overall, two thumbs up for the food.
No complaints about the service. The people were friendly. Special thank you to the waitress who told us that the Dim Sum was a 25 minute wait, otherwise we would have been late to the wedding reception.

If you want to have some good Indo-Asian food that is not at Devon Avenue or want to have a quick meal before your flight at O'Hare, then you should consider this place a try. I would definitely visit this place again and finally try their dim sum. With the trip over, I am hoping that I get to try other Indo-Asian places like Bombay to Beijing or Aling's in the future and compare it to the food here and the places I used to enjoy in Saudi.

Service: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Total: 17/20 = 85% (B)
Pricing: $$ out of $$$$

Restaurant Information: 
Bombay Chopsticks
721 W Golf Road, Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60619
Phone: (847) 380-5775
Timings: Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11:30AM - 2:30 PM & Sat 12 PM - 3 PM
Dinner: Mon-Thu: 5:30 PM - 10 PM; Fri-Sat: 5:30 PM - 11 PM; Sunday: 12 PM - 10 PM
Caters: Yes
Takes Reservations

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Zain Mohammed