The new Houston restaurant will be serving burgers, sliders, sausage dogs and sandwiches, all farm-raised and grown free of hormones, antibiotics and preservatives. Meats that will be served seasonally include antelope, venison, elk, ostrich, buffalo and Angus beef.
“We’re taking America’s favorite comfort foods to new heights of flavor," states owner and executive chef, Sammy Ballarin.
Ballarin was born on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands and grew up in the family restaurant. By the time he was eight years old, he was helping his father in the kitchen—which would become a lifelong passion. When Ballarin was 17, he moved to Houston to be with his mother and her parents to pursue his dream of opening his own restaurant.
After many years of working in the hospitality industry for companies like Jim Manning Catered Affairs, Fogo de Chao and Americas, Ballarin and friend Jaime Lopez started conjuring ideas on their very own burger joint.
“We both love fresh ingredients and robust flavors,” stated Lopez. “We want to serve the best burger ever made.”
During the next two years, they were able to find purveyors who could consistently provide them with healthier meats, including farm-raised game for their burgers and sausages dogs.
“Our burgers and sliders are delicious,” stated Lopez.
The menu features favorites like the Portobello Burger, Pulled Wild Boar Burger and sausage dogs made of buffalo, elk, rabbit and duck—all served on a soft pretzel bun.
“Just wait until you taste some of Sammy’s signature condiments. His remoulade [sauce] is the best and his Ghost Chili is three times hotter than a habanero pepper. Boy, is it good,” explains Lopez.
These signature sauces were constructed with influences from the Mediterranean, Latin America and Cajun cuisines, including cilantro aioli, ahi pepper mayonnaise and habanero ketchup.
“I love the sauces on the burgers, sliders and sausage dogs. But [you should try them] on the fries—they are [even better].”
Sammy’s Wild Game Grill will be a causal place with friendly service, where diners can enjoy lunch with co-workers, drinks after work with friends as well as dinner with a date or family. Sammy’s will also be open until 3 a.m. on the weekends for those looking for a good meal after a night out. If you happen to be in a rush, you can pick up your food from the Drive-thru.