We’ve been fans of Beck’s Prime since they opened. Beck’s was one of the pioneers bringing elevated burgers to the Houston area. Their restaurants are often located in scenic settings; the Woodlands store backs up to Lake Harrison, across from the Woodlands Resort.
Way back in the 90’s, we discovered Beck’s at their location on Augusta. We were charmed by the spacious patio built around a giant oak tree, but it was the big, beefy burgers that brought us back again and again. Burgers like this were rare in Houston at the time; their only real competitor was Fuddrucker’s back then.
When we moved out to the Woodlands, we were thrilled to discover a Beck’s Prime out here. But sadly the thrill is gone.
Since Beck’s opened, we’ve seen numerous new competitors enter the Woodlands market with some killer burgers, Beck’s keeps on chugging along with the same burgers they’ve been serving for 20+ years… and the concept is tired.
Execution is slipping as well. Burgers come overcooked yet somehow lukewarm, with a slice of cheese placed on top; even if you ask them to melt the cheese, that seems to be an impossible task for the kitchen. Texture of the beef reveals overhanding. As always, mesquite flavor is far forward, eclipsing any flavor the beef has. Multiple visits were consistent; this mediocre burger is apparently by design. Some folks may love it. We don’t.
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Beck’s was a great burger back in the days when great burgers were few and far between in the Houston area. Now we’ve got far better options. We hope that Beck’s brings its concept out of the 1990’s and retakes its spot as a premier Houston burger destination.