It's now 2015, and Houston is still missing its very own In-N-Out Burger. Though, to be fair, are we really missing it? Whataburger makes a better fast food burger than the California chain—and without the necessity of a "secret menu"—and you can easily indulge your craving for animal-style fries at Bismillah Cafe (recently remodeled, yet still sporting low prices on its fries, halal beef sliders, and dahi puri). And over at The Hay Merchant, you can get a far better deal on a far better meal than In-N-Out could ever hope to assemble.
The Hay Merchant
1100 Westheimer Rd.
The Cease and Desist Burger at the Montrose craft beer bar is so named for the cease and desist order The Hay Merchant received from In-N-Out. Initially called the Double-Double—the same name used by In-N-Out for its own double cheeseburger—the renamed burger is one of the best in the Bayou City. Though served only at The Hay Merchant, the burger is made with the same stock of farm-fresh beef and produce used at the adjoining Underbelly, whose chef—Chris Shepherd—is known for his in-house butchering program.
Normally, this big beast of a burger and a side of hand-cut french fries is $10. But starting tonight, The Hay Merchant will be serving two Cease and Desist Burgers along with two cans of Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.'s 1836 Copper Ale for only $18.36. That's dinner and local craft beer for two people—or for one person with a seriously impressive appetite—for under $20.
This beer-and-burger special runs only on Monday nights for the month of January, right up until The Hay Merchant's anniversary party on February 12. Expect even more deals and steals when that shindig rolls around, and until then gather up your friends and head down to Hay Merchant for a very meatful Monday.