• Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Dallas' Burger Boom Is Over, Thank God

    I've been poring over local-restaurant news while trying to lay out my restaurant-review plan for the rest of the year, and the list I've compiled is strangely void of burger restaurants. I couldn't be happier. Don't get me wrong. I love burgers. (Especially this one.) But there are only so many fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Six Great New Burgers in Dallas

    When talking food with other people that like food, it would be perfectly fine to say that Dallas has had an excellent year of making new burgers. You should feel free to clink your glass with your fork, or raise an index finger into the air, as if you are saying, I'm speaking now, and calmly let fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    How I Picked the Best Burger in Dallas

    Best of Dallas has arrived, and in addition to arts, culture and music picks it's filled with more food than your stomach could ever hope hold for the rest of the year. I should know because I ate all of it. I love each one of those picks, much like parents say they love each and every one of thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    ¡C. Señor! Has a Weird and Delicious Burger, Like Oak Cliff Needed Another One of Those

    What have you done, Oak Cliff? About 55 steps from the front door of Stock and Barrel, wherein lies a burger so mighty it should come with the Gladiator soundtrack, is the little food hut ¡C. Señor!. With the warmed concrete tables, the faded paint job and the cold Topo Chicos, it's one of those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Ten of Dallas' Best French Fries

    French fries can make or break a meal, especially when they're served alongside a burger. Soggy, flavorless industrial fries are an abomination to both potatoes and your palate, so you should seek out a place that pays as much respect to the potato as they do their beef. Whatever your preferences wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    The Pier 247 Cheeseburger Is Your New Favorite Burger at a Non-Burger Joint

    You're probably not headed to Oak Cliff's new wharf-style seafood eatery for the burger, but you could. You could do it. When your friends order crab cakes or the shrimp and bacon mac and cheese, you could shout "actually, I'm getting the burger," and hand the large menu to the waiter without meetin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Pat Snuffer, Patriarch of the Snuffer's Burger Chain, Is Turning His Back on Burgers

    Two burger restaurants along Greenville Avenue have had dramatically different business experiences recently, while a new restaurant from a local burger legend hints at a possible (though probably unlikely) top in the Dallas burger market. A few weeks ago, Becks Prime announced that the Greenville ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    CBD Provisions' Cheeseburger Is One of Dallas' Most Interesting, and That's Saying Something

    It'd be fair to say that I've never thought so much about what makes up a perfect burger more than the few hours after eating CBD Provisions' cheeseburger. It may have started with Sam Sifton's story for The New York Times, where a perfect burger means a deepening crust from cooking on a cast-iron s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    East Hampton's Burger Is Not the Burger Dallas Needs, But It's the Burger Dallas Deserves

    The good news is: Dallas will not crumble tomorrow if a new cheeseburger isn't debuted in the city limits. All new cheeseburgers are welcome, of course: I'm not purporting some sort of cheeseburger xenophobia here. I'm just saying that on the burger majesty scale we here in Dallas are Burger Kings. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Dee Lincoln Thinks You're Ready for More Burgers, and She's Probably Right

    I've been working on an upcoming sushi restaurant review, and while conducting some research I stumbled on a quote from former Observer food critic Mark Stuertz. In his 2002 review of his review of Sushi Kyoto II, he lamented the proliferation of sushi restaurants in Dallas. "It's not a trend anymor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    17 Off-the-Beaten-Path Burgers in North Texas

    We first rounded up North Texas' off-the-beaten-path burgers almost a year ago, in an effort to provide some fun alternatives to the city's go-to spots -- the Twisted Roots and Off-Sites and Maple and Motors of the world. But this is a fluid situation, people. So, for your Labor Day festivities (or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 40: Off-Site Kitchen

    Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Mutts, a Dog-Friendly Hot Dog Place, Sets a Date, But Doesn't Go Local With Its Meat

    Dog lovers rejoice. You'll soon be able to munch on a burger, slurp on a shake and socialize with Fido all in one fell swoop at Mutts. The latest creation from Free Range Concepts partners Josh Sepkowitz and Kyle Noonan (Bowl and Barrel, Sunset Lounge) is set to open in Uptown on June 19, and they'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    You Can Actually Order a Krusty Burger Now. Not That You'd Want To.

    Because the food at Universal Studios wasn't bad enough, Krusty Burgers will be available to visitors who check out the new Simpsons-themed strand of restaurants known as Fast Food Boulevard. This painfully long promotional video gives you a window into the junk food that's available. In addition t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Burger King Stuffs a Burger With Cheese and Bacon, 'Cause Laying it on Top is so 2012

    It seems as if every few months, Burger King throws something out into the marketplace that seems to say, "Ah, you know we're just kidding everybody ... unless it works, then we totally meant to do that." It's very similar to watching Ryan Lochte form a complete sentence. That seems to be the teno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    A Reader Asks the Dining Critic for Burger Advice. Poor Reader.

    Every once in a while someone mistakes Scott for a food expert and risks ruining dinner by trusting him to answer to a burning question. Got a question about food or restaurants? Send it via Twitter @scottreitz, Facebook @ Cityofate or in the comments. Tiffany asked by email, quite succinctly, whi ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 6, 2012

    Hopdoddy Hype

    What it takes to build the best six-dollar burger ever.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Is Hopdoddy Just A One-Off Burger Concept, Or A Sign Of Better Food To Come

    It was the Smackdown that lead me to reviewing Hopdoddy. I couldn't believe how much work the small chain put into burgers they charged so little for. Most customers will likely spend a little more on burgers topped elaborately with gourmet cheeses and toppings, but if you want, you can get a plain, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Burger Tips From Boulevardier's Nathan Tate, For Those Of Us Who Don't Have a Grill

    When I compiled tips for grilling burgers this summer, I felt bad that I left out home cooks who don't have access to a grill. To make up for the shortcoming, I challenged chef Nathan Tate at Boulevardier to cook us up a burger like he might at home: no fancy wood-burning grills, just one man and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Odes To Our Favorite Burgers: In Which City of Ate Reflects on the Best Meats

    With burgers, like many things, beauty is in the mouth of the be-eater. While I've been running around town looking for my perfect burger, I realize that everyone has their favorites, and no amount of smackdownin' is going to change the mind of a devoted burger enthusiast. I polled the staff of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    The Victorious Burgers of Burger Week

    I can't believe burger week is coming to a close, but it had to end sometime. One can only eat so many burgers before enjoyment is lost and the cheese from one burger experience melts into another. We had six smackdowns that each pit two popular Dallas burgers against one another, and now we have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Dallas Chefs and Personalities on Favorite Burgers, Then and Now, Plus What Makes A Great Burger

    What a day to celebrate choice. Regardless of what some may like to believe, really the most important choice most of us will make this week (honestly, any week) is which burger to eat. So many choices. Well, we're here to help you with the electoral map of burgers. As part of Burger Week, we sent ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    12 Off-The-Beaten-Path Burgers in North Texas

    Originally we ran this guide for Off-The-Beaten-Path Burgers for National Cheeseburger Day, but we're updating it now on account of our very own Burger Week. We've also lost one and gained two. But, who are we kidding? "Reasons" for burger posts are arbitrary. We could rinse and repeat all day. Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Burger Smackdown: West Dallas Fast Casual Class, Off-Site Kitchen Vs. Maple and Motor

    Our first smackdown of the week pits two burger joints in close proximity to Observer headquarters. I've eaten at both restaurants more often than I care to admit, but this is the first time I'd raced to Maple & Motor minutes after leaving Off-Site Kitchen with a Locals Only burger in my belly.

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Yet Another Smashburger Coming To Dallas, This Time In Mockingbird Station

    Smashburger announced the opening of the fifth Dallas area location of their popular burger chain based in Colorado. The new restaurant is opening in Mockingbird Station later this fall. If the Smash is not your thing, a number of other restaurants are opening in the shopping center that flanks the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Tips For The Best Burgers You'll Ever Grill At Home

    Summer is gone, and standing beside a hot grill no longer feels like an act of torture. That means it's time to fire up the charcoal, and one of the easiest way to coax the most flavor out of your kettle grill is by cooking top-notch burgers. Skip the preformed pucks the grocery stores try and sell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Breaking Down Mooyah, Dallas' Second-Favorite Burger. Allegedly.

    Last week the Dallas Morning News tallied the votes and crowned its burger king. Angry Dog, the Deep Ellum grease pit with a loyal following, beat out Mooyah Burger, the Dallas-based burger chain built on double-meat patties and french fries with a cooking process you need an engineering degree to u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    At the Commissary, a New Chef, a New Burger

    When the Commissary first opened, John Tesar's burgers were all the rage. Big, luscious hockey puck-shaped patties, cooked a rosy crimson all the way through, helped earn the him a Best New Restaurant award in D Magazine. The burgers were so good the Jedi of self promotion even got a pass on his not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Better Burgers Opens at Lemmon and Inwood, Because What This Town Needs is More Burgers

    Sam and Kathy Vergos, whose family also owns Original Market Diner on Harry Hines and the Circle Grill on Buckner, have opened a new spot, Better Burgers, at the southwest corner of Lemmon Avenue and Inwood Road. The menu has the standard sandwiches, like a single, double, chicken, mushroom, BLT a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Liberty Burger is Open and Slammed in North Dallas, and is Already Talking About Expansion

    The wife and I were doing some house-hunting on Saturday morning and, after an unsuccessful showing, our realtor asked whether we wanted to try a new burger place. Being that I edit a blog that's more or less devoted to chronicling every sizzle produced by every patty of wet meat from Waco to the Ok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Behold, the (Allegedly) Perfect Hamburger

    A simple Commissary burger (that's not so simple) ​Just about everyone knows that John Tesar has a pretty bang up burger at the Commissary. Those grass-fed patties get treated like a Park Cities trophy wife at the spa, bathing sous vide until cooked rare before receiving a final sear on the gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Dallas' Five Best Burgers

    Sara Kerens​Picking the best burger is a bear. It's not that the work isn't fun -- my waistline is a testament to my enthusiasm -- it's just that there are so many types of burgers to choose from. Is the burger served at a top-end steakhouse better that what you'd pull out of a greasy paper sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Tonight at Meddlesome Moth, a Lesson in the Combined Power of Twitter and Burger Cravings

    Raise your hand if, when your spouse is out of town, you plan your meals like you've just been released from prison? Okay, put your hands down. This perplexes me. Honestly, does your spouse normally restrict or mandate what you eat? Why does where we eat become the biggest decision we make when th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Eat This: NHS Tavern's Cleaver & Block Burger

    ​This burger's been my albatross. I had it just a few nights after arriving in Dallas, and I've been searching for a better burger ever since. I'm not finding one. I'm not saying NHS serves the best burger in the metroplex (yes, there's an app for that), but it's definitely the best burger I've ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    LA Burger: Korean, Mexican and American Food Make Grand Alliance in Irving

    ​After months of drooling over the hedonistically obscene images of burgers, tacos and other meat and carb pornography my friends had been sending me, I finally had the chance to check out the source of their obsession: LA Burger.Along with a whimsical selection of traditionally western burgers, ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 14, 2011

    In-N-Out Vs. Whataburger: A Petty Patty Smackdown

    In the beef between Whataburger and In-N-Out fans, you win by not playing.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    In-N-Out Burger Dallas Location To Open Thursday, Reports Say; Cue the Meat-steria

    Patrick MichelsScenes from In-N-Out's opening in Frisco.​Fill the basement with canned goods and line the windows with aluminum: reports are coming in regarding the In-N-Out Burger location in Dallas. Park Cities People has a memo from the tenants of 8080 N. Central that details the security In- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    In-N-Out Burger: Worth the Wait, But Not the Fuss

    First bite of the first fry by the first customer in Allen. Soon to be followed by two double-doubles.​Stay tuned to the Observer's food blog, City of Ate, for more from the In-n-Out opening.In-N-Out Burger is the best hamburger. Period. The end. When I'm in Oxnard, California for Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Heart Attack Grill Opens In May. Yay?

    Heart Attack Grill is scheduled to open in the West End on May 13. This video, posted in 2010, features Blair River -- the 575-pound guy who used to be the spokesperson for Heart Attack Grill's location in Arizona until he died in March at the age of 29. And here's a clip from Nightline. My favo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Food & Wine Puts One Texas Burger on Top 25 List

    Burgers are so popular in Texas that state Representative Dan Flynn recently proposed making the hamburger the state's official state sandwich, but Food & Wine could only find one example worthy of including on its new "25 Best Burgers in the U.S." list. Sara KerensNot one of the best burgers in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Joe Flowers of the Dallas Taco Bracket
    To Open the Dallas Burger Bracket

    ​From classic institutions like Burger House, which has been serving paper-thin patties since 1951, and The Grape's version, named the best example of the food by Texas Monthly in 2009, to the Dallas Burger Tour, burgers are big business in Big D. It's no wonder, then, that mere months after t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Maple & Motor's Jack Perkins:
    He Does it His Way

    Photo by Robert BostickMaple & Motor's Jack Perkins​This week, Three-Course meal interviews burger meister Jack Perkins, who grills up one of the city's most popular patties at Maple & Motor. Tomorrow, we throw a Q&A Perkins way, and Friday he hands us the keys to the kingdom, showing us step ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Am I Blue: Stumbling Across the Best Cheese
    For a New Mex Burger

    ​Spending Hatch chile season in Santa Fe means eating plenty of green chile cheeseburgers, a topic of intense debate among New Mexican food lovers. Who makes the best version? Is green chile really a better burger condiment than red chile? And should there be anything on a burger besides gree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Burger Battle Round Two: Farnatchi vs. Square Burger

    Square Burger​Earlier this year Toque brought you the throw-down between up-and-coming chain Five Guys Burger and the Oak Cliff standard, Wingfield's Breakfast and Burger. It was a messy proposition that actually took us to many burger fronts all in one day. We visited Smashburger and Mooyah, as t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Short Orders: Twisted Root Burger Co.

    Twisted Root Burger Co.2615 Commerce214-741-7668A friend of mine can't help but laugh every time he walks into this place--and you can't blame him, really.Unlike Jennifer Aniston's character in Office Space, Twisted Root has maxed out its kitsch. There are old signs, burlap bags, metal buckets and c ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 26, 2008
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    August 14, 2007

    Calling Minor Foodies

    Hellooooo out there in the suburbs! Can you hear me above the din of SUVs, superstore chains and casual dining establishments? Good. Gather the kids 'round, because any miniature aspiring chefs among them now have the opportunity to make it big in the restaurant business. Or, at least in the Red Rob ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 23, 2003

    Burger Meisters

    Are expensive hamburgers worth the price?

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