The Nine Best BLTs in Dallas

The BLT at Keller's Drive-In makes hearts, wax paper transluscent with grease joy
The BLT at Keller's Drive-In makes hearts, wax paper transluscent with grease joy
Nick Rallo

To me, this will always be the sandwich mom made. After those days of itchy grass-legs and punching mosquitoes in the face, this was the sandwich that hit the plate: thick sourdough slices, bacon crisp as a bay leaf, tomatoes, the mayo knife sweep, and cup-slice of iceberg. For its simplicity, it's a sandwich that remains untouched by the foodie deconstruction era and Dallas' best are all mightily bucking overcooked trends. You'll find no truffle oil here.

Finding Dallas' best BLTS requires some binoculars: You have to try to look past some of the sparkling gems on these local spots (in other words, MAN it was tough not to order the burger at half of these spots). A couple of years ago, Food Critic Guy said the best BLTs are made during the summer and at home. Here are the BLTs of Dallas that'll make you think twice about staying in. Also included: a bacon meter that measures bacon crispness on a 1-10 scale (1 being floppy; 10 being Frosted Flakes crispy). So, bacon:

The Nine Best BLTs in Dallas

The Highland Park Soda Fountain - $5.49 Bacon crispness - 7 If you know the spot, you know the feeling when you first walk in: Marty McFly after time travel in Back to the Future. I always expect to see Biff parked outside in his pristine car, or George McFly murmuring, "You're my density" by the marbled green counter. When you order this BLT, the loaf of Sun Beam white bread is quickly pressed. Bacon gets microwaved. It's simple, cheap as hell, crisp and delicious. Two please, with a Pepsi Free.

The Nine Best BLTs in Dallas

Maple and Motor - $5.50 Bacon crispness - 8 This was last year's Best BLT winner. Jack Perkins' well-known spot nails the combo of crunch-to-soft bread, and the bacon is (rolls tongue back in) griddled. The "put an egg on it" trend is not news at this point, but you really should do it here. Consider your stomach joy. It's important. Also, is there anything that beats a sandwich cross-section that has yolk?

The Nine Best BLTs in Dallas

Off-Site Kitchen - $4.95 Bacon crispness - 6 Muster all of your meat strength and try NOT to order the perfect Off-Site Kitchen burger. Their BLT is enormous and the thick toast is buttered up to Bruce Lee roundhouse kick crunch-level. What makes this one is the zippy dressed lettuce. OK, full disclosure: there's an egg on this too.

All Good Café - $6.99 Bacon crispness - 9 All Good's version won an Observer Best of Award back in ye olde 2001. It comes with peppered bacon, which gives it a noticeable twist (it marries perfectly with All Good's bright green chips and salsa) and an herb mayo. It's always good.

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