Houston’s Annie Cafe & Bar only makes 30 burgers a night


Like the allure of playing cat-and-mouse in the romance department, there’s something very appealing about scoring a hard-to-get tasty dish. From searing barbecue to time-consuming boat noodles selling out at lunch, Houston has plenty of conquests worthy of revamping your schedule. The 30 Count Burger at Annie Cafe & Bar is such a dish.

As the name suggests, the burger is made at 30 each night. The 30 Count Burger is also available at lunch, as the Post Oak Burger, but it’s during dinner service that supply is limited. “If someone really wants one at dinner, they need to get there early and get it,” said Ben Berg, owner of The Annie’s parent company, Berg Hospitality.

For what it’s worth, the handheld is carefully prepared with quality ingredients. Bourg Meat is a juicy patty constructed with a signature beef blend of Gyulais – a combination of Texas Wagyu and Charolais beef – Black Angus chuck and beef brisket.

The patty is cooked over a wood-fired grill, which gives it a distinct smoky flavor with some caramelization. It is then traditionally layered with lettuce, tomato and onion on a soft brioche bun, presented with homemade chipotle mayonnaise and served with fries. The tedious process of grinding the meat mixture by hand is part of the reason The Annie only cooks 30 for dinner.

At $28 for dinner, the price is steep, but not compared to some of the restaurant’s other dishes. Annie’s has been serving fine dining on Post Oak since 1980, and its menu is just as polished today, with specialties like Dover sole, priced at $76, and a Texas Wagyu rib eye steak, which will set you back $96. $.

The 30 Count Burger is one of the cheapest items, which is another reason it has a limited supply. “Burgers bring down the dinner check average,” Berg explained candidly. “If everyone ordered hamburgers during dinner, we couldn’t pay our rent in Post Oak.”

Berg’s flagship steakhouse, B&B Butchers & Restaurant, doesn’t have a burger on the menu, and he wanted The Annie to be more accessible, especially during dinner. It’s a destination where guests can enjoy a relatively casual meal in the bar or dining room, while B&B offers an elevated steakhouse experience.

The 30 Count Burger isn’t totally unicorn – after all, it’s available in unlimited quantities (within reason) for $20 during lunch. But where is the fun in that? This signature burger is sure to taste better when you’re just one of 30 to get your hands on it.

The Annie Cafe and Bar

Find it: 1800 Post Oak Blvd Suite 6170, Houston, TX 77056; (713) 804-1800
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11am-9pm; Friday-Saturday, 11am-10pm


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