If the saying that everything is bigger (and better) in Texas has any merit, then these two spots will be first in line to provide evidence of that claim. While on our monthly foodie crawl, where we go on a hunt to find some of Houston's hidden gems, we came across two south-side restaurants, The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory and Big Belly's. One serving up some of the biggest potatoes you have ever witnessed and the other serving up a 1 1/2 pound burger!
With two locations, one in Hiram Clarke and one off Martin Luther King (MLK) and 610, the almost 15 baked potatoes on the menu are just the start. The deliciousness extends far beyond the starchy fave and includes sandwiches, casseroles, and boudin balls (cheese or seafood), but the spuds are king. However, before you dig into the menu, you must first make one of the most important decisions of the day – are you going with the Small Azz or the Big Azz (size)? If the Small Azz is enough for sharing, then the Big Azz is fit for a family of five!
The Confused starts with a baked potato and is filled with cheese, butter, chives, and sour cream (which honestly is the starting point for any great baked potato), and your choice of two meats – chose from beef, chicken, creole sausage, pork, or turkey. And if you don’t want to choose, The Trash Can gives you seven meats! My favorite was The Swamp Monster because I had to try a baked potato with seafood. This baby was drowned in crawfish, shrimp, chicken, and sausage and topped with a generous portion of etouffee sauce. So generous that you couldn’t even see the baked potato hidden underneath. Word of advise – just make sure you’re hungry when you go and bring a friend or two!
If I were on a mission to complete a Man Vs. Food challenge, then Big Belly’s would be at the top of my list. Wings and other goodies grace the menu here, but the burgers is where its at. You can choose to your create your own or go with a specialty burger like their Spicy Jack Cheese, Guacamole Turkey Bacon, or the Hawaiian Pineapple.
I love the concept of being able to create your own burger and at Big Belly’s the option of beef, chicken, or turkey ensure every palate is accounted for. The beef and turkey can be ordered in increments of 1/2 pound with 1 1/2 pounds being the mammoth of them all. With the chicken, you can go with a single breast or double up with two. I was a little apprehensive to take on the 1 1/2 pounder, so I went for the one pound burger just to see if I could put a dent in it. Who was I kidding! After three bites I was officially done but I left quite impressed with the juiciness of the burger given the thickness. I also noticed what seemed to be over 100 containers of seasonings and spices as I peeked into the kitchen while placing my order so I knew why the flavor was on point. Although Big Belly’s is the perfect spot to fulfill your quest to take down a humongous burger, it’s equally perfect to get your Kool-Aid fix!
Stayed tuned for more foodie adventures as Urban Swank continues our search for Houston’s hidden gems!