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Lankford's Grocery & Market

Burger Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Neartown - Montrose, Houston
  • The experts at Serious Eats and Travel + Leisure recommend this place
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  • Laura C.
    "Houston Press We Love Food - favorite Houston dishes - Grim burger"(11 Tips)
    "The Firehouse Burger is super spicy and tasty."(7 Tips)
    Heather G.
    "South of the Border burger is delish!"(3 Tips)
    Joshua J.
    "Easily one of the best burgers in Houston."(2 Tips)
113 Tips and reviews
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  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeAugust 25, 2012
    The Grim Burger has just been bumped up to $9.25 for the 1/3 lb of juicy beef with jalapeño, bacon, and macaroni & cheese. It is a beast. My only wish for this is to use fresh grilled jalapeños.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureAugust 6, 2014
    Burger variations include the Firehouse (habanero sauce, cayenne butter, and jalapeños) and the Wasabi (with Wasabi sauce, pineapple, red onion, and Swiss). Read more
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressNovember 4, 2014
    Try the Grim Burger it's positively loaded creamy mac and cheese, jalapenos, bacon, and a fried egg, the Grim Burger ($9.25) is like a fat kid's heaven. Read more
  • D R.
    D RJuly 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The South of the Border Burger is more than what it promises to be. Here's the beef in case you were asking. Buns are perfection. The cilantro sauce sends it over the top w/just enough kick!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CalderoneJanuary 23, 2015
    You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. My favorites are the veggie burger for a healthy option or the firehouse burger.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeAugust 25, 2012
    The standard 1/3 burger is legit. Solid with little to improve on. The buns have the taste and consistency similar to the ones at Three Brother's Bakery.
  • Mike R.
    Mike RastielloDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Incredible burgers, but first you must prepare yourself sever days in advance. Get your mind, body and soul in the right frame of mind for this. You'll be miserable afterwards. But in a good way.
  • Dave
    DaveMarch 16, 2013
    If Mcdonalds is who you consider serves a good burger, this place isn't for you. If you want a delicious pile of juicy madness that oozes down your arm as you eat it - this is where you need to go.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeAugust 25, 2012
    The Greek burger is surprisingly good. It's the 1/3 burger with feta, olives and spinach. The olives used are terrific.
  • Christy L.
    Christy LandesDecember 13, 2014
    Cash only. come early or late to get a table. Great burgers: a single with cheese was a 5 napkin affair. Fries are not as good as rings... Great outdoor tables.
  • Joshua J.
    Joshua JagnananFebruary 16, 2015
    Easily one of the best burgers in Houston. Can't go wrong with any of them. Daily specials are usually on point too.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 4, 2014
    Run by head cook and surrogate mother Eydie Prior, Montrose's Lankford Grocery may be the homiest restaurant in the city. Read more
  • Randy S.
    Randy ShumateMarch 5, 2015
    The burgers here are quite good. They are large and juicy. Also they grow all of their own vegetables behind the restaurant.
  • Fuzr
    FuzrJanuary 3, 2014
    If you like Spicy then try the firehouse burger. It is habanero paste, chili powder and jalapeños! Amazing but so so hot!
  • Vlad D.
    Vlad DavidiukOctober 19, 2015
    One of the best hamburgers in Houston. Definitely a must try.
  • Pamela G.
    Pamela GleesonJune 2, 2010
    A step back in time. Great ambiance of a period. Wonderful salsa and chips, old fashioned burger, great fries and onion rings, very good comfort Mexican food , large portions, great prices.
  • Chadwick 😎
    Chadwick 😎October 6, 2012
    Try the pimento cheeseburger with bacon - The Pimento Cheeseburger (+ bacon) at Lankford's: So messy, yet so delicious.
  • Stephen G.
    Stephen GilmoreJuly 11, 2013
    Amazing!!! You definitely have to go on Wednesday's for the enchiladas they are the best in Houston!
  • sam r.
    sam ruizAugust 17, 2011
    Great firehouse burger, hot and spicy! Add bacon to any burger you get from here. Onion rings are great! *********CASH ONLY********
  • Carla
    CarlaMay 4, 2014
    Grim burger is one of the best hamburgers I have ever eaten! Can't wait to go back!
  • Cathal K.
    Cathal KeaneAugust 25, 2014
    Chiliheads, do you think you can handle the Firehouse? If you're into the type of spice that causes leakage in your nose and a change in your breathing patterns then this bad boy is for you.
  • George N.
    George NassarDecember 30, 2014
    Solid burger. Hand-formed patty - actually a minus when they're rushed; can be very uneven (and cook unevenly). Bun is a weak point.
  • Scott F.
    Scott FisherOctober 7, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The Tex-Mex is a great alternative to french fries. (and the jalapenos aren't hot at all)
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DouglassSeptember 29, 2015
    I had the patty melt. It wasn't super amazing, but it was pretty solid as far as patty melts go. Cash only is really dumb though.
  • Clifton M.
    Clifton MDecember 1, 2014
    Awesome burgers. Cheap beer. Breakfasts are the best though. Remember they close early.
  • chris l.
    chris lawlessFebruary 16, 2011
    The Wednesday special, Beef Enchilada Dinner, is amongst the best I have ever had. But don't tell anyone! It gets sooo crowded.
  • Israel R.
    Excelentes burgers al puro estilo texano. Classic with cheese and bacon... delicious.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeAugust 25, 2012
    The tots are your typical diner tots. Fresh and crispy.
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]December 9, 2011
    The Grim Burger has everything that you could have ever asked for on a burger! Unfortunately, it's probably the #1 cause of obesity among middle-aged Texan adults. Enjoy!
  • Joshua G.
    Joshua GrahamNovember 21, 2012
    Food is great but it's such a popular place the service suffers. Avoid the lunch rush or you'll be standing in line. CASH ONLY.
  • Wendy C.
    Wendy C.January 6, 2014
    Go early as it gets crowded quickly! So worth any wait regardless!
  • Craig T.
    Craig ThompsonDecember 18, 2014
    All the burgers are great. The Grim burger is the best I've had so far.
  • Schmidt
    SchmidtApril 5, 2013
    The Firehouse Burger is super spicy and tasty. Serious heat. Awesome burger.
  • Clifton M.
    Clifton MDecember 6, 2014
    Last tip: don't wait for your check. When you're finished, remember your table # and go to the register. BTW: they only take cash. No credit cards.
  • Courtney J.
    Courtney JillFebruary 28, 2016
    Classic burgers. They've been doing this for ages & they've got it down.
  • Clifton M.
    Clifton MApril 14, 2015
    Lunch is good; breakfast is better. This is definitely NOT a fancy pretentious place. The only thing that will impress you is the food.
  • Hubert L.
    Hubert LawJuly 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Grim burger. 1/3 lb beef patty, bacon, jalapenos, fried egg, and ... mac & cheese. Yes. Mac & cheese. Don't count on being productive at work after this bad boy.
  • Robert B.
    Robert BordenJanuary 3, 2014
    Great burger and specials CFS is awesome. Cash only
  • Peter B.
    Peter BNovember 19, 2013
    Greek burger is delicious, so is the fresh lemonade!
  • Kirk K.
    Kirk KilpatrickNovember 15, 2011
    Been a while since Hubert was here, Grim burger is now $9.25 but still delicious!! Btw onionrings are extra ;-)
  • Martin L V.
    Martin L VargasAugust 16, 2013
    Incredibly large! ... and with mac & cheese?!!!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 15, 2014
    Underbelly Chef Chris Shepherd's favorite burger in town.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MillerFebruary 18, 2011
    Try the Tex Mex (fried onion & jalapeño straws) with the cilantro jalapeño sauce. Magic!
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeFebruary 16, 2013
    The Philly cheese burger with double meat! 3 meals on 1!
  • Reagan C.
    Reagan CreelyAugust 27, 2013
    Burgers are really delicious. They only take cash!
  • Lee H.
    Lee HudmanMarch 20, 2012
    Be prepared. Every thing I've ever ordered (except burgers) have had so much pepper that it was almost inedible. I don't know if I can come back again.
  • Gil G.
    Gil G ⚡October 20, 2011
    Leave a lot of time. The wait for a table can be very long during lunchtime.
  • Payman B.
    Payman BahmaniMarch 15, 2012
    I've never had chilaquiles like this before. They steal the show from the burgers.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeFebruary 16, 2013
    If you live across the street this could be your kitchen cafe.
  • Andres B.
    Andres BernalMarch 13, 2012
    awesome burgers I like the red white and blue. giant breakfast tacos and great huevos rancheros
  • Danvy V.
    Danvy VoAugust 16, 2013
    Bring cash and cash only...this place doesn't accept credit cards!
  • Tim F.
    Tim FisherDecember 30, 2013
    The Red, White & Bleu burger is the best!
  • Scott F.
    Scott FisherOctober 29, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Wednesdays special is enchiladas. Amazing!
  • Zachary T.
    Zachary TompkinsJanuary 13, 2012
    Great burger. The double is ambitious.
  • Amyn Z.
    Amyn ZindaniDecember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Daily specials are very good
  • Phillip S.
    Phillip ShullMay 17, 2016
    Burgers, of course...breakfast is good too.
  • Kirthan S.
    Kirthan ShenoyDecember 20, 2011
    CASH ONLY. firehouse burger w/ bacon. Amazing.
  • Amyn Z.
    Amyn ZindaniDecember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best burger in town. Only accepts cash
  • Joel S.
    Joel StevensonSeptember 21, 2011
    If you don't eat beef they will substitute chicken! And its not very roomy!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanMay 17, 2012
    Houston Press 2012 Favorite Dishes - Pineapple Wasabi Burger
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaddellNovember 26, 2014
    Best French Toast I've found in Houston
  • Jamaica W.
    Jamaica WhiteJanuary 6, 2016
    The veggie burger is huge and tasty!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 14, 2012
    Houston Press We Love Food - favorite Houston dishes - Grim burger
  • MIA M.
    MIA MIAFebruary 17
    The burger is OK. They accept only cash (which to me is shady).
  • Skyler J.
    Skyler JohnsonJuly 17, 2015
    Chicken Fried Steak special is incredible
  • Chris W.
    Chris W.June 27, 2012
    This is the place to go for a great burger.
  • Clay R.
    Clay RobinsonFebruary 19, 2011
    Burgers - great, check. Lunch specials for sure!
  • Amyn Z.
    Amyn ZindaniDecember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Desserts are quite delightful
  • Tom O.
    Tom OliverDecember 27, 2011
    Grab a table or the people behind you will!
  • Julia A.
    Julia A.August 3, 2013
    Burgers are decent. But be prepared to have a sloppy, greasy mess of a burger.
  • Wil S.
    Wil SnodgrassAugust 24, 2013
    Hamburger paradise!
  • Chris T.
    Chris TrewJune 2, 2011
    Ask for the "Shit Bird". It's not on the menu but it's sooooo good.
  • amy t.
    amy tJanuary 7, 2012
    Try the daily special! They won't let you down!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Mark Cox, chef of Mark’s American Cuisine, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Old fashion hamburger. Read more
  • Glenn S.
    Glenn SprengerFebruary 20, 2010
    Good burger, really good onion rings - really crispy and not too much batter. Blackberry cobbler is only so-so.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeFebruary 16, 2013
    The hot dogs are ok.
  • Heather G.
    Heather GeorgeApril 24, 2014
    South of the Border burger is delish!
  • Glenn S.
    Glenn SprengerDecember 17, 2011
    Forget the biscuits and gravy. Dried out, over cooked hockey pucks, with gravy so salty you could cure meat. Stick to the burgers.
  • Dude
    DudeApril 13, 2012
    menu prices shown here are out of date you need to increase 25%
  • Marcus F.
    Marcus FryerJuly 9, 2015
    Grab all the mac and cheese you can!
  • Tim F.
    Tim FisherDecember 30, 2013
    The Red, White & Bleu burger is the best!!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Lankford Grocery as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • Adam K.
    The burgers were excellent.
  • Phillip S.
    Phillip ShullMay 17, 2016
    Breakfast,'s all good!
  • Bradley L.
    Bradley LusterMarch 28, 2015
  • Clifton M.
    Clifton MApril 14, 2015
    Wifi PW = Grim2013
  • Tara T.
    Tara Tallon WhittingMarch 20, 2013
    Wednesday is enchilada day!!!
  • CultureMap Houston
    CultureMap HoustonAugust 7, 2011
    Leave the plastic at home—here it's cash or check only.
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MartinJune 24, 2013
    Absolutely fabulous burgers
  • Marie P.
    Marie ParsonsAugust 23, 2014
    South of the border burger
  • Grant H.
    Grant HallJanuary 21, 2016
    Burgers and enchiladas
  • Joshua J.
    Joshua JagnananAugust 27, 2015
    The Firehouse burger
  • MoiseKapenda B.
    MoiseKapenda BowerJuly 23, 2014
    The Grim Burger
  • Caitlin F.
    Caitlin FoxMay 17, 2011
    Best macaroni and cheese EVER!
  • Jules O.
    Jules O.March 5, 2011
    fire house burger is a must.
  • Rita
    RitaJuly 3, 2015
    Burgers and fries
  • Ghulam D.
    Ghulam DhananiMarch 7, 2012 for more info!
  • David R.
    David RobertsonDecember 22, 2010
    The lines join this place sick balls they need the lone to start outside
  • Carla C.
    Carla COctober 26, 2013
    Cash only!!!
  • MIA M.
    MIA MIAFebruary 17
    The burger is OK, nothing spectacular in my opinion.
  • Michael S.
    Michael S.January 3, 2016
    Firehouse Burger
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DiGiovanniOctober 6, 2011
  • Omar Y.
    Omar YousefSeptember 8, 2010
    Best burger In Houston. Period.
  • Quique M.
    They don't accept cards!!
  • Laura P.
    Laura PaulusOctober 4, 2011
    Beat burger in town!
  • Megan N.
    Megan N.February 25, 2011
    Best tacos i've ever had!
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DiGiovanniOctober 6, 2011
    As Seen On TV!! Burgers!!
  • Kendall W.
    Kendall WyattDecember 27, 2010
    Cash only!
  • Kassidy M.
    Kassidy MenaceOctober 28, 2010
    grim burger omgomgomgomgomg
  • Drew C.
    Drew CollierNovember 8, 2010
    Tex Mex!
  • Brian P.
    Brian PoirierMay 5, 2010
    The Soldier Burger.
  • Paulina S.
    Paulina SanchezMay 3, 2015
    Hamburguesas deliciosas, atención excelente, lugar clásico 👌🏼 me falta probar los desayunos, de muy buena fama. Solo efectivo
  • Ele M.
    Ele MartinFebruary 13, 2014
    Sin duda se merece la fama de ser la mejor hamburguesería de Houston y estar entre las 100 mejores de EEUU. Mmm!!
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