Houston Rap Icon companions with restaurant innovators on new Smash Burger Joint – Trill Burgers is coming
P.Siblings Patsy and Benson Vivares from Sticky’s Chicken and California restaurant innovator Andy Nguyen from Afters Ice Cream team up with a Houston rap icon for a new burger joint called Trill Burgers. Yes, Bun B is hugging the world of restaurants. And quick casual burgers.
As an avid foodie, Bun B fell in love with the smash burger concept and decided to get on board the Trill Burgers team.
“For him (Bun B) it is easy to bear his name and he is fully committed to helping us develop the menu,” says Patsy Vivares to PaperCity. “It’s not complicated cook-driven stuff. . . Despite being a foodie, he can actually prepare it in his own kitchen. And it tastes really good.
“That he can use it to create something.”
The Vivares and Nguyen were friends long before they entered the dining world of Houston. After the Vivares received Nguyen’s help for their hugely successful Houston Food Truck, which became the Sticky’s Chicken restaurant, they wanted to work with Nguyen on a restaurant.
With Sticky’s Chicken opening just a month and a half before the coronavirus pandemic closed, the Vivares and Nguyen had to put that goal on hold until the time was right. Now the time has come.
“We only threw up ideas, and on the one hand (Nguyen) attaches great importance to catching trends and finding the next big thing, ”says Patsy Vivares.
Trill Burger fills a void
Nguyen noted that while Houston is such a meat-oriented city, it doesn’t have a standout burger spot. Real smash burgers are a hit on the west coast – and those foodies knew Houston would be a natural choice for this burger trend.
Dynamic duo, Bun B and Andy Nguyen from Trill Burgers. (Photo by Nick Scurfield)
“(Nguyen) said, ‘One of the things I noticed is that Houston doesn’t have a smash burger yet,” says Patsy Vivares. “There’s nobody here who’s really doing this yet, and it’s huge out in California. Why don’t you all try it out? ‘ “
Bun B – the rapper who is half of UGK – is a longtime fan of Sticky’s Chicken. He’s been at Sticky’s opening and always makes an effort to visit the truck while he’s in town. Cool collaborations are no stranger, Nguyen suggested setting up a meeting with Bun B, and the rest is history.
A smash burger is a patty that is literally smashed until it’s super thin. “You get that nice crunchy edge and it changes the taste of the burger,” says Patsy Vivares.
Probably the best and tastiest part is now between two rolls.
Because the meat is so thin, trill burgers are double meatballs that make for flavorful, crispy bites.
The Oklahoma-Style Smash Burger from Trill Burgers. (Photo by Trish Badger)
Trill Burgers’ menu consists of a few staples like an Oklahoma-style burger loaded with sauteed onions. A classic and Houston-inspired burger is still in development.
“We are very happy because we can bring something new to the community, ”says Patsy Vivares. “And we’re happy to be working on it with Bun, because it’s his first real real food concept.”
Do you want a first taste of Trill Burger? Bun B and Nguyen will be at Sticky’s Chicken on Sunday August 8th at 12 noon for the first ever Trill Burgers pop-up. Smash Burgers will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. After that there will be more pop-ups – with plans for a permanent stationary restaurant by the end of the year.
Trill burgers should last a long time.