Small-Town Celebrity

Big Star Burgers is perfectly cast in a tasty leading role

Sullied patty melts aside, Big Star hits prime time at a different sort of melty dish (of which Snuffer's might be a little jealous). The "fries fully loaded" are fresh cuts laden with cheddar, bacon, chives and, if you ask nicely, jalapeños baked in. They somehow escape becoming the usual grease trap in spite of all of those ingredients practically begging for a puddle. Buttermilk ranch, as required by Texas state code and all sorority by-laws, comes on the side.

Desserts are as essential to the Big Star experience as popcorn is to a matinee. The milkshakes and malts are delicately sweet treats. The banana shake was fantastically simple—real bananas blended in and no unnecessary additives provided a dessert that was not too rich but definitely satisfying. The chocolate malt was the ideal liquid Whopper. Big Star doesn't know a bad blend.

The Big Star brownie is the ultimate sugar high in the form of a brownie sundae, only this time it's topped with caramel as well as hot fudge and whipped cream (real whipped cream, I should note). It's absurdly addictive and filling and fattening. Risking backlash from women, I'll even venture that it's PMS relief in a bowl. Or, disregarding gender, it's cake and ice cream for adults.

Double feature: Big Star's burgers and rings are showstopping.
Tom Jenkins
Double feature: Big Star's burgers and rings are showstopping.

Location Info


Big Star Burgers

3813 Main St.
Rowlett, TX 75088

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Garland & Vicinity


Bacon cheeseburger: $4.95
Blue cheeseburger: $4.95
Cobb salad: $7.49
Grilled chicken & avocado club: $6.79
The co-star basket: $3.50
Fries fully loaded: $4.75
Milkshakes, malts: $2.75
Big Star brownie: $3.95

It's odd that in "historic, downtown" Rowlett you'd find a modern gem with vintage film décor, family appeal and a kitchen full of high-school kids turning out fantastic food. But I appreciate a good anomaly. Even more, I appreciate a satisfying meal served by someone who cared about creating it, crafting it. Filled with post-game little leaguers or peppered with couples on a Saturday night, this little burger joint has fashioned great success in patties and buns, chicken breasts and onion rings.

There's the simple food and thoughtful service. The feeling that the Big Star family wants you to pull up a chair and share their meal. And as Fay Bainter said in 1942's Woman of the Year, "Success is no fun unless you share it with someone."

Big Star Burgers is doing something right. In a big way.

3813 Main St., Rowlett, 214-703-0093. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. $-$$

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