1440 W Gray St, Houston, TX | Directions 7701929.753199 -95.399643
outstanding burgers! (at least, when I worked there) – when my family and I moved to Houston from NY back in the early 80's, I worked at a Charlie's Hamburger Joint part time, weekends and during the summertime. Of course I've had burgers before moving to Houston but the burgers at Charlie's were something I would never forget! Juicy, hot, fresh made, huge and to this day, it was the standard to which I held all other burger joints. At the time, it didn't seem like the typical "fast food joint" and the menu was for the most part, all about the burgers. At the time, getting french fries was out of the question (I was told getting potatoes was too difficult ) so they offered bagged chips. I don't recall if shakes were offered, I don't think so but we are talking 1982 or so. Anyway, of the many things I remember about my Houston, Texas days, Charlie's was definitely one that I still remember fondly. Sorry to read so many negative reviews below. At the store I worked at, seating was plentiful, comfortable with plenty of wooden chairs and tables and the standard country music station on the radio. parking was not a problem either. I always wondered if it remained in business or did it get bought out by other burger chains. I hope they recapture those days that I remember: tasty hot fresh huge quality burgers at a great price!
They CLAIM to NEVER have ICE CREAM FOR MILKSHAKES! LIES and/or POOR Mngmt – <b>HOUSTON IS HOT!</b>
<br>I have tried coming here several times and they consistently have issues with milkshakes. 4 of the 6 times i have come they were 'out of ice cream' and now on the 5th time of them not having milk shakes I've decided to say something about it.
I was so dissapointed that they again didn't have a milkshake that I gave my burger away to a homeless guy and went to SOMEBURGER on 11th st (way better burger AND THEY HAD MILKSHAKS).
The point is this</b>:
IF you own a restaurant and you are continually out of a food item, then you need to make more of it available (of course while considering the demand for that item and its shelf life). In this case we are speaking of ICE CREAM which doesn't go bad any time soon. WORST CASE, buy an extra freezer to store it in. They don't , they haven't and that shows a lack of management or possibly extremely lazy staff whom would rather lie then make a milkshake!
I think what is really going on is that they DO HAVE ICE CREAM and they LIE and say they don't so they don't have to make a dang milk shake for you or YOUR CHILDREN.
I asked for an owner's phone number and they said to call the restaurant on monday... I will.
Charlie's Burger.. get the dang ice cream, and shake my milk or take that off the DANG menu!
I went into Charlies on West Gray for lunch. I ordered caser salad to go and I waited for my order. I saw the cook wiping sweat of her face and without using any gloves or spoon pick up letters for my salad with her bare hands. First she put it on a plate and than she moved them into to the box. I was told by the manager that they do not use any gloves or spoons, and that they just use bare hands to plate the food. As hungry as I was, I could not eat that salad. Unsanitary!!!
Worst chicken tender basket I've ever tasted. – I went there for lunch the other day (Monday to be exact) and the service wasn't all that great. My date and I chose the chicken tender basket which would normally include edible chicken tenders and great fried french fries. Well neither were good. The four chicken tenders resembled dark flast fish planks that tasted of sand paper and when I went to bite them, I couldn't tear it apart with my teeth. The fries looked like the ones the sell at a barbecue restaurant (yummy). I expected them to be soft and chewy (since the planks weren't) but they were cold and hard. Needless to say I won't be frequenting that establishment again!
Not what I expected – A coworker raved about how good this place was so I thought I would give it a try. It was a bad experience from the beginning. The lady who took our order was so rude. When it was my turn she threw the coin change at me and it bounced around on the counter. My friend ordered his burger without mustard and it came with it. So he went to the lady and asked for it without mustard. She claimed he never told her rather than saying sorry about the mistake. The food was okay. Better than McDonalds is all I can say. My burger was cooked a bit too much but then again the lady did not ask me how I wanted my burger to be. If you are in the area I would suggest trying the other local places out.
Best memory of Houston – I absolutely hated living in Houston, yet I still have fond memories of the hamburgers and fries at Charlie's Hamburger Joint. They were the best! The "ambience" left something to be desired, but, oh how I crave the burgers!
A great hangout and a better hangover remedy. What else could anyone want? – In Short
These aptly named cafe/drive-thrus serve classic fast food, including standard-issue hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. The menu is brief, but gets the job done. No question about it, these joints are frowzy: the wood siding is barely whitewashed, the wood floors well-worn, the corners piled with newspapers. Service here is practically nonexistent. Altogether, it's a great cure for a hangover.
Charlie's on West Gray – We can't say enough about this great "secret". The line is long at lunch but service is quick and friendly...and definitely worth the short wait. The salads are refillable and the grilled turkey burger is, without a doubt, the best in the state. Don't miss out on this hangout - alone or with a group of hungry friends
Disappointed – The shrimp poboy was small and sparsely populated with shrimp. The bread was hard on the edges, like it was set out for a while or microwaved. The fries were ok, but very greasy.
For the less money I could have gone 1/2 mile to Niko Niko's and had a fantastic (and huge) shrimp poboy with super fries.
Live and learn...
Good Burger – I like this place for burgers. It is a good place to go. Good for kids as well. I never go to this location. I like the one in Spring. Good place.
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