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Sneak Peek: Bernie's Burger Bus Spot

By Marcy de Luna
June 26, 2014

We’re about to make your day. The brick-and-mortar location of Bernie's Burger Bus — aptly named Bernie's Burger Bus Stop — is officially open.

Owner Justin Turner put his heart and soul into the new 3,000-sq.-ft. space, located in the Bellaire area, complete with enormous patio and seating for 112. He spent the last seven months overseeing every detail of the build. Asked about loyal followers rushing the field when the burger joint opens, Turner is confident. "We just did Free Press Summer Festival where we made 1,700 burgers in two days, and we sell 700 to 800 at every Texans game. We know how to do this."

Expect the initial menu to focus on Turner's tried-and-true burgers and hand-cut fries. Once the kitchen is up to full speed, he'll add seafood, a brunch menu and more. See our sneak peek at the restaurant below.

 

  • Photo by: Bernie's Burger Bus/Instagram

    The Decor

    Fun for the whole family, the playful restaurant has a school theme, of course. A big yellow school bus (the same size as Turner’s mobile kitchens), serves as the focal point and houses the main kitchen (with a giant prep kitchen hidden behind).

    Tables are made to resemble school desks and leather booths are the exact shade of school bus green (confirmed by the school district). Faux lockers adorn the back wall and a central bar offers seating for eight and two flat-screens.

  • Photo by: Marcy de Luna

    The Food

    Two new burgers are on the roster. The Hall Pass (pictured) comes with guacamole on the top and bottom buns. In between is a house-ground chicken patty, sun-dried tomatoes, goat-cheese guacamole, bacon, shredded lettuce and spicy onion strings marinated in hot sauce ($9.75).

    The Exchange Student is our new favorite: a house-ground lamb patty topped with herbed aïoli, roasted red peppers, “tipsy” onions deglazed in Jack Daniels whiskey, smoked Gouda and shredded lettuce ($11.75).

    Bonus: You can substitute the classic beef patty on any burger with ground lamb, grass-fed beef or chicken.

  • Photo by: Marcy de Luna

    The Drinks

    Turner combines his homemade ice cream with treats from Rebecca Masson (of Fluff Bake Bar) in six decadent milkshakes: salted-caramel apple pie, peanut butter and jelly, roasted pineapple and vanilla bean, chocolate with devil’s food crumble and the fluffernutter ($7 each). You can order the childhood favorite spiked.

    Other adult beverages: six Texas brews on tap and a full bar.

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