A friend recently asked me if I have eaten some bad burgers on my search for the best burgers. The answer, of course, is yes. However, I was quick to add that I don’t write about the bad burgers. I am not a food critic. I understand that there is subjective latitude when it comes to whether something is tasty or not. So, I just write about those burgers that really get my attention.
The hunt for a good burger is a big part of the fun for me. I still get excited when I walk into a burger joint or cafe to check out their burgers. I love the anticipation of waiting for my burger to arrive and then taking that first bite. As I often note in my burger reviews, the first bite tells it all. If the first bite is not good then you can’t expect things to go uphill from there.
After a recent mountain biking outing with a friend to Brazos Bend State Park, we decided to find a good burger joint. Having burned a lot of calories we felt we could surely splurge on a big burger. We consulted our phones and then reviewed a list of possible places to have lunch. We chose the Bull Creek Cafe and Grill in Rosenberg.
The minute we pulled into the parking lot we could smell the deliciousness in the air. Aroma like that was good advertising. If the food was even half as good as the aroma we were certainly in for a treat.
I ordered my usual bacon cheeseburger and opted for pepperjack cheese on a medium-well patty with a side of onion rings. The cold glass of iced tea really hit the spot after a full morning on the trails at the park.
After a short wait I looked off toward the kitchen and saw my burger on its way to our table. Holy smoke — even from a distance I could tell that this was going to be an amazing burger. Fresh lettuce, juicy tomato, melted cheese, crispy pickles, wavy slabs of bacon, an amazing bun, and a very generous helping of meat — all held together by a serrated knife.
And those onion rings. Wow. The onion rings were a meal in themselves. They were huge. Nothing frozen or fake about these rings. This was the real onion ring deal. Hard as I tried, I would not be able to finish the onion rings.
As for the burger, I cut it in half to look at the beautiful burger strata. Totally impressed. The first bite was delicious. So good. Everything about this burger was perfect. I looked across the table at my buddy and we both shook our heads in agreement. We had found one amazing burger.
The only bad part of finding a good burger is that last bite. I hate to see something so good come to an end. If you live or find yourself anywhere near the Bull Creek Cafe and Grill, make the time to enjoy a meal there. One thing is certain, this place is amazing. And that’s no bull!
John Muir, America’s most influential naturalist and conservationist, dedicated his life to the preservation of open spaces. Muir observed, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.” Muir was right. We need open and green spaces where we can escape — places where, even if for a brief time, we can breathe slowly, walk in the presence of trees, and bathe our souls in the natural beauty that God created.
As cities areas grow, its important that city councils and developers factor in the preservation of green spaces. Green spaces are good for everybody. I recently listened to a report on NPR that said there is now so much concrete in Houston that in years to come temperatures will steadily rise in the Bayou City. All the more reason for cities big and small to take more intentional steps toward creating green spaces that thrive from heat rather than just reflect it.
The Seabourne Creek Nature Park in Rosenberg is a good example of a beautiful and inviting green space in the midst of a rapidly growing community. Located on Highway 36, this 164-acre nature park features well-maintained walking, jogging, and biking trails. The Coastal Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists has contributed to the maintenance of the park and the development of wetlands and prairie restoration areas.
Members of the Coastal Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists have also created a beautiful butterfly garden, labeled native plant species throughout the park, developed a native grassland demonstration area, and oversee the four-acre lake stocked with bass, perch, and catfish. The work and long-range plans of the chapter will only make Seabourne better and better in years to come.
One of the best things about the park is that it is family friendly. This is a great place to take your kids to teach them about the beautiful variety of native plants. On my visit, I enjoyed watching a dad and his young daughter feeding the ducks. There are benches at intervals around the lake where you and your kids can sit and enjoy the wildlife or one of our spectacular Texas sunsets.
The crushed gravel trails are wide and open to hiking, jogging, and biking. No danger that you will get lost here. Everything is clearly marked. There is an adjacent sports area with a frisbee golf course and baseball and soccer fields. And, as an added bonus, there are actually clean restrooms on site.
Take a note pad with you if you want ideas about what you will need in order to plant your own butterfly garden or other types of gardens that attract butterflies and birds. Every plant in these gardens is identified by a marker. The various information signs help to make a visit to the park educational.
Kudos to the City of Rosenberg and their partnership with Texas Master Naturalists to ensure that Seabourne Creek Nature Park remains a family friendly place that residents and guests can enjoy for years to come.