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 lack thereof), we've updated our list from last year with a few new additions. If you've found something we should know about, let us know.
Coppell Deli Coppell Deli in Coppell (449 W. Bethel Road) is an ode to old-school Cowboys that looks more like a convenience store than a restaurant -- although they're building a new spot next door, so that might soon change. This laid back neighborhood spot serves up a well-seasoned burger that will please the purists, and there's always the classic Reuben and the breakfast sandwich that might kill you.
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Peace Burger Peace Burger (1212 William D. Tate Ave.) is an offshoot of the adjacent Baja Mex Grill, which is owned by the same group. The burgers are a bit brash here, like the namesake Peace Burger with poblano peppers, jalapeños, Monterey jack and guacamole. The Cowboy has bacon, cheddar, fried egg and pico. The Macho has chorizo, onion strings, cheese and avocado. Oh, and did we mention the carne asada fries? Or the chori-nachos? Tater tots with chili con queso? Oh, and a full bar.
Pollo Regio Pollo Regio is spreading their chicken wings across the metroplex, luring drivers in with waves of smoke carrying that wonderful perfume of fire on meat. Usually people go here for a burger alternative, but they also have an insane burger, as demonstrated above. It's served on a torta-like bun and comes with a slice of grilled ham atop the patty. This is a two-person burger. Wear a bib.
Simply Burgers Simply Burgers' original spot in north Arlington closed a while back, but they've since moved and expanded to four nicer locations (although that's a relative term; all their spots are basically in strip centers). No matter. Juicy, well-seasoned patties between toasted buttery buns are what we go there for. The burgers come will all the basic treatments -- hickory, jalapeño, guacamole, mushroom, bacon and chili -- and they also have turkey and salmon patties. The place is pretty straightforward -- not a lot of bells and whistles, but consistently friendly, well-run and the food is great.
Griff's Hamburgers Griff's (715 E. Irving Blvd.) is homage to a bygone age. After more than 50 years in the burger business, not much has changed from the greasy burgers to the A-frame architecture. Bring a roll of quarters for the Ms. Pac Man and Galaga games. There's nothing real fancy here, just slightly overcooked greasy, thin patties served sans apologies. There are other locations at 1050 S. Buckner Blvd., 2150 N. Jupiter and few other North Texas spots.