Ever since I read an online review of Texas Grill, I’ve been itching for an opportunity to drive down to Southampton to try out the 8oz Beef patties stuffed with gooey Monterrey Jack cheese. Even the most vehement burger fan would find it difficult to drive 90+ miles to satisfy their beefy fix.
A family trip to the Isle of Wight was hastily arranged and even though its quicker to go via Portsmouth, Team HaloodieFoodie decided to go via the capital of Hampshire. Only real foodies plan their holidays around burgers!
We arrived at 7pm to a full restaurant, we were asked to wait for 30 mins. I promptly decided to take a short walking tour of Southampton. Upon my return, we waited for a further 20 minutes, after which we were very hungry and finally got a table. Texas Grills’ decor is best described as an American Diner/Ice cream hybrid with high padded U shaped booths and fixed wooden tables.
We ordered three burgers, the infamous Juicy Lucy, The Angry Angus and the Stuffed Joe. I requested the burgers to be cooked medium, as all good Gourmet burgers should be!!
The Juicy Lucy is an 8oz beef patty stuffed with Monterey Jack Cheese, topped with American cheese, Turkey Bacon, Grilled onions,tomato slice, lettuce, ketchup and mayo! Served in a Brioche bun with a side of Sweet Potato Fries (an additional upgrade). I wanted to see the melted cheese inside, so I cut my burger in two and the cheese just oozed out onto the plate! A real feast for the eyes.
You would expect the Juicy Lucy to be a delicious patty stuffed with gooey melted cheese, sadly its seems the cheese had been stuffed between two processed burger patties. I was thinking that 8oz was an odd choice, Two 4oz processed Quarter Pounders crimped together!! After the first few bites, i realised that something was awry. After the strong taste of burger sauce (which i wasn’t expecting as its not stated in the description), I got a real kick of fattiness normally associated with machine made processed burgers. I found it very difficult to finish, even though I was famished.
The Stuffed Joe burger was virtually identical to the Juicy Lucy with the addition of Jalapenos instead of Grilled onions. This detour was disappointing…maybe the return from Portsmouth would’ve been a better option!
But all was not completely lost…the evening was partially salvaged by what I can safely say was the best burger of the night was the Angry Angus, It came with the normal accompaniments, such as turkey bacon, salad, mayo and ketchup.
The burger patty didn’t seem to be the processed and was cooked somewhere closer to well done than medium. I was pleased to see a comforting hint of pink, even though it was slightly dry. The cheese and the bacon worked well together and it was a reasonable attempt at a gourmet burger.
As consolation, we felt that perhaps sampling the sweeter side of Texas Grill was warranted.
Texas Grill has a wide selection of ice creams to choose from, and the kids decided to get Milkshakes to soothe the effects of the arduous journey home. The kids enjoyed the milkshakes, but the disappointment grew further after tasting the salted caramel ice cream, which was dubbed “cheap toffee” by Mrs HaloodieFoodie.
I left Southampton with a huge sense of disappointment at the displeasure caused by the non-fulfilment of my expectations. At least the long drive back had some pleasant memories, primarily due to action packed break in the Isle of Wight.
Halal Status: Verified by owners Beef is HMC certified and chicken is HFA certified.