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Balls Out Burger in the Heights smashing out classic, unfussy burgers

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A Heights made-to-order burger joint – whose name uses a steam-engine term for getting a train to achieve maximum speed – from Ian Tucker, an Irishman who moved to Houston two years ago and who still owns restaurants in Dublin.

Housed in a former gas station and car wash, the counter-service restaurant seats 42 indoors and 140 on a 4,000-square-foot patio kitted out with outdoor games.

Burgers here are a model of simplicity: 5-ounce, flattop-grilled patties, available as a single or double, made with 44 Farms beef (seasoned with cracked black pepper and Himalayan pink salt) resting in a fluffy Slow Dough Bread Co. Amish potato roll that is crisped slightly on the flattop.

Slated to debut in February, according to Tucker, it will offer a fusion of continental and American food: “I want to create street food at high quality and put it on a plate,” he says. Read More…