Rex's Burgers: Burger Paradise in the Heights

No one really knows the origin of the hamburger. Reports of people eating hamburgers go all the way back to Genghis Kahn but most credit a huckster in the Oklahoma State Fair back in early 1900's for the creation of what is considered today's hamburger. All I know is that I have enjoyed some great burgers but I have experienced many more bad burgers. To me, a quality burger is a soul soothing, karma repairing blend of meat, bun and condiments and when it's put together correctly, it can do more for my well being than anything else. So when a friend of mine suggested I try Rex's burgers to get my burger fix, I didn't have to be told twice.

Officially called "Bubsters, The Original Rex's Hamburgers", Rex's has had a history of serving burgers to the Duke City. Rex's is located at 5555 Montgomery at the corner of Montgomery and San Pedro next to Red Lobster. The eatery itself is low key and family oriented. No frills or thrills needed to distract you because the food is what takes center stage here. My wife and I have returned to Rex's at least a half dozen times and have never been disappointed. You order at the counter and a cheerful server will deliver your meal to the table.

The meat used in the burgers is hand portioned and flattened on the grill. It is never frozen. The patty is cooked just right and served on a fresh, soft bun with fresh lettuce, tomato, and onion. You can also add cheese, green chile, bacon and avocado. Of course, you can double the meat and cheese if you like. Order the platter and get fries, a huge onion ring and a side of apple sauce. Go for the gusto and order a shake and you won't be let down but you will probably have to be rolled out in a wheel barrow. Let me say something about their shakes. Remember when you used to make a shake at home? You'd put four scoops of ice cream in a blender along with a spritz of milk and blend it up to make a shake that had to be eaten with a spoon. Well, that's how the shakes are at Rex's; spoonable thick and smooth. The center piece, however, is that burger. Juicy and tender, the patty almost falls apart the minute you take a bite, just like a burger should; as opposed to a grilled hockey puck. Complimented by the fresh bun and produce, the burger will leave you satisfied but drooling for another only because they are so good.

Their menu is also loaded with other fare such as tacos, burritos, salads, steak fingers and Frito pie but I haven't reached the point where I need to try anything different yet so I really can't comment on those. What I can tell you is that if you want one of the best burgers in town, you need to get yourself over to Rex's. Enjoy.

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Comment by slamwagon on April 29, 2009 at 10:04am
I miss the old location on Louisiana near Zuni. Great burgers though!
Comment by Adelita on April 29, 2009 at 10:06am
I'm so glad they're still around. Love their burgers.
Comment by slamwagon on April 29, 2009 at 11:01am
Yeah, but Rex's serves the Heights.
Comment by slamwagon on April 29, 2009 at 1:00pm
Other than the whole tea-bagging incident.
Comment by slamwagon on April 29, 2009 at 1:25pm
Comment by Tricross on April 29, 2009 at 2:11pm
Spartacus - I have been to the IG once. We've been to Rex's close to a dozen times. Enough said.
Comment by SweetCaroline on April 29, 2009 at 3:00pm
Independence Grill? Where you are served tea bags with that burger? NO thanks.

I used to love Rex' burgers. I thought that they all closed. I hope this is one of the 'originals' reincarnated.

The BEST burger I've had in a while was a LAMBuurger at Ezras on North 4th inside the bowling alley. My companion had a Duck Quesadilla. Ezra's is a little jewel.
Comment by slamwagon on April 29, 2009 at 3:19pm

Don't you have to drive "all the way from Ventana Ranch" to get anywhere? lol
Comment by Ron Da Bomb on April 29, 2009 at 3:50pm
Hey SweetCaroline,

Went to Ezra's today for lunch. Had a steak sandwich, my colleague had a kobe burger. Both were very good. They had "scallop tacos" on the specials board. Tempting, but I just couldn't go there...

For a change from Independence Grill, try a buffalo burger from Coyote Diner just across the street. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Note: Above image is directly from Gil's Thrilling (And Filling) Blog
Comment by SweetCaroline on April 29, 2009 at 4:06pm
Coyote Diner across from the Tea Party Grill? I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip!


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