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FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE JERRY BUILT West University CUISINE: Burgers | 3501 W. Holcombe Blvd. | 281.974.2747 | www.jerrybuiltburgers.com | Sun–Thurs: 11am–9pm; Fri–Sat: 11am–10pm When Jerry Built Burgers first opened in West University in 2009, my kids and I were some of Chad Glauser’s first customers, and have been hooked. Jerry Built’s success comes from Glauser’s desire to be better every day: Using local farmers and ranchers for the freshest ingredients, having an open kitchen design so that the customers can see the buns being made from scratch, switching from a microphone calling out names written on the bags (my son was always “Mr. McAwesome”) to an electronic tracking system to let diners stay seated. All of these measures make the fast-casual concept at Jerry Built’s two locations (West U. and Memorial City) stand out. The stars of the show, as one would expect, are the burgers. The classic Jerry’s Cheeseburger, Bacon Avocado, Mushroom Swiss or my favorite – Ernie’s Bacon Cheddar BBQ (Ernie’s sauce, bacon, cheddar, grilled onions and a killer BBQ sauce) – are exceptional. Glauser has the meat specially ground for the restaurant, ensuring that each handmade patty will be up to his high standards. To go with the burgers, the chili cheese fries, sweet potato fries and grilled sweet corn are great options. For me though, it’s the fried pickles. Lightly spiced, fried crispy and served with homemade ranch dressing, they are wonderful. Order the large plate, though, if you think you might need to share. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the milkshakes, Mr. McAwesome’s favorite thing on the menu. The hand-spun milkshakes blend the ingredients to that perfect state of creamy and smooth from the first sip to the last. Jerry Built’s dedication to providing a great burger with a very family-friendly setting will keep my family as customers. The desire to make it better promises to keep everyone happy for years to come. Photo by Julie Soefer Bacon Avocado Burger I focused on the raw bar and small plates and was thoroughly satisfied. Oyster shooters with the housemade Bloody Mary mix had the perfect blend of spice and salt. The octopus salad with feta, cucumber and preserved lemon had the tender bites of octopus usually found at higher-end Mexican seafood places. The snapper ceviche was fresh and tangy. The surprise for me though, was the edamame and spinach dip. I wasn’t sure how the soybeans would work. Served with naan, the flavors and texture blended incredibly well. The craft cocktails fit well with the seafood. Made with Texas liquors and local ingredients, there is something for everyone. The Old Mary, using the spicy homemade mix, plenty of Old Bay and 1876 Vodka, was particularly delicious. While I know that I will still go to the Village, I have a great option for a business lunch or Happy Hour before Astros games or TUTS. OK, really Astros games, but with this kind of Happy Hour, you don’t need an excuse. Local Foods DT march 17 | LOCAL 31