ROSENBERG, Texas — In the town known for its rail lines to the really big city of Houston, you’ll find an eatery with a burger that barely fits in fort bend county.
The Ol’ Railroad Café, is a restaurant run by three chefs who are really into hamburgers. The building the Ol’ Railroad Café calls home has been a part of Rosenberg since 1910. It’s home to a wine bar, an antique shop and what may be the oldest working elevator in Texas.
This culinary Café first went down the line in 2012 when Daniel Ornelas opened up a small sandwich shop. But it wasn’t until he partnered up with fellow chefs Clint Stump and Dillion Kao (Cow) that things really started chugging along at the café.
“We’re all three different cultures of food,” Clint said. “All have a little different thing to bring to it so we all kind of complement each other.”
Together, they’ve created some crazy concoctions.
“When you get three chefs together you sit down and start beating your heads up together going ‘Okay what are we going to do? What’s something different that we haven’t seen? What’s something that might taste good?” Clint said. “And we just did a bunch of different things.”
The Hobo Burger will jump in your belly for a ride to taste town. Daniel get things started with a half-pound hand formed patty that’s topped with house made seasoning.
“This is our KC seasoning with a little mix of pepper and a little bit of salt,” Daniel said. “We also make a mix ourselves.”
As the beef gets brushed with the blaze. Daniel starts toasting a sourdough bun and frying an egg. By this point the burger is flipped. Cheese and bacon top the burger while homemade garlic jalapeno aioli top the bun. Add some onion strings, top it and that’s a Hobo Burger.
So here we are. Something any hobo would be hungry for, the Hobo Burger. A huge beef patty topped with bacon, cheese, onion strings and that yolk ready to pierce down into those onion rings and give it full of flavor. Will it be messy? I have a feeling it will be very messy, but you know what? That’s how we do it. Here’s to the Hobo Burger here in Rosenberg.
After the first bite you definitely get a bunch of flavor. It definitely makes you wanna all the way through this thing because it is amazing.
Well the textures of that Hobo Burger are amazing. You get through that soft bun and into the egg which squeezes out into those crunchy onion rings and coming up you got the meat and the crispy bacon. But it’s not too entirely crispy. It all breaks off into one big beautiful bite.
That jalapeño aioli mixes in really well with the onion strings and the egg, and you’d be surprised how fast your lips start burning. But it all mixes in very well, a good addition to the Hobo Burger.
You can see how three chefs came up with this crazy concoction and it is worth craving and well worth a stop on the Texas Bucket List.