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're sourcing some interesting ingredients for the new casual restaurant.

For breakfast, Hypnotic Donuts will be dropping off rounds each morning and Henry's Homemade Ice Cream will be providing custard for shakes and other frozen treats. According to the news release, the meat for the hamburgers is antibiotic-free, grass-fed beef from Harris Farms, and the hot dogs are Nathan's Famous.

While Hypnotic and Henry's craft their products nearby, it's a disappointment Sepkowitz and Noonan didn't turn to local suppliers like Local Yocal for their ground meat and Kuby's or Rudolph's for those hot dogs. We have great local meat processors right here in Dallas and sourcing locally would dovetail nicely into other ecologically positive moves the owners have embraced. They're serving local draft beer, for instance, and using completely biodegradable, disposable serving materials.

After a little bit of digging, I found that Harris Farms is actually Harris Ranch Beef Co., a big meat producer from California that starts its cows on grass but finishes them on grain. The product comes pre-ground and will be formed into patties here in Dallas, which makes them a little better than McDonald's but shamefully disappointing compared with my favorite local burger joint, Hopdoddy. The Austin-based restaurant, which I reviewed last year, grinds meat on-site for the freshest possible product.

Mutts' burgers will set you back only $4.50, so if you're not the type to hunt down the best burgers in town, and you want to take your dog to dinner, Mutt's may be your place. But since they're offering single and double burgers, I'm going to guess those patties are pretty small.

In a town that seemingly offers a new burger joint every other week, Dallasites should expect a little more from the business people who are opening them. Using high-quality meat from a supplier we all recognize is a great start. Buying local isn't just a mantra to give you the feel-goods when making your dining decisions. It helps keep you close to the source so you can assure you get what you're paying for.

Mutts, 2889 Cityplace West Blvd., 214-377-8723

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