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Best Burger in Dallas???

cagirlintexas Sep 30, 2006 10:07 PM

I have read alot of the past posts but they are over a year old. I was thinking about trying Dairy-Ette but just wanted to see what the current recommendations are.

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    foodiedfw Sep 28, 2008 08:21 PM

    I vote for Twisted Root for thick burger and Burger House for thin burger. I consider them two totally different genres.

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    1. re: foodiedfw
      irodguy Sep 29, 2008 08:02 AM

      I agree with you that the "thick burger" and the thin "old style" are different things indeed. Island Burger might be something between them. Big but flat and more crusty like the 50s or 60s burgers.

      1. re: irodguy
        healthyscratch Sep 30, 2008 07:28 AM

        I haven't been to the other ones, but Burger Island recently opened a location in Sachse.

        Not the "best" burger, but really big and messy is sometimes just what I need.

    2. NDHebert Sep 27, 2008 08:22 AM

      By far Twisted Root. I always get the ostridge burger (hey its more lean than turkey), and SWEET POTATO FRIES. ymm

      dont forget the homemade root beer!

      1. kingofkings Sep 20, 2008 07:09 PM

        J.C.'s Burger House is outstanding. They are located in Plano, Frisco, and McKinney. Beats the hell out of Scotty P's. Bakers in McKinney is really good, but if you really want a treat, try their bologna burger.

        Burger Fixin's in Celina, TX also has a really good burger, but be advised their dining area is outdoors.

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        1. re: kingofkings
          irodguy Sep 21, 2008 04:17 PM

          Sorry all though JC's is good fresh ground etc. as a stand alone burger to burger they are better than Scotty Ps, but and it's a big one when you add in the specialty burger Scotty Ps put them under. Personally I still think Balls is better than all of the above since they are flame grilled.

          Chips also did a pretty good job, but my understanding is this was the last weekend for them, maybe somebody can deny or confirm this.

          1. re: irodguy
            kingofkings Sep 22, 2008 12:18 PM

            A burger is a burger, and J.C.'s just beats them down on quality. Scotty P's is about the same as a Chili's.

            No comparison.

          2. re: kingofkings
            jinet12 Sep 24, 2008 09:10 AM

            where is J.C. Burger House in Plano? I only heard of the Chips on Cole being closed

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              kingofkings Sep 24, 2008 09:36 AM

              15th and Independance. Right behind Henry's Ice Cream. That is the original location.

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            quash Sep 20, 2008 05:34 PM

            Dairy-Ette is still my favorite, but even here in East Dallas I sometimes go to Fat Daddy's just for the free beer. My kid actually gets a hot dog at Dairy-Ette, and there are those who prefer the shrimp basket, of all things. But get the root beer in the frosted mug and definitely the fries.

            At Twisted Root you get a good burgers AND sweet potato fries, oh man.

            1. vktp Oct 19, 2006 05:42 AM

              I tried Dairy-ette last week. The limeade, mentioned by the DMN review, was indeed wonderful. It was served in a frosty mug and made by hand when ordered. Pretty good fries, tots, and burger. I'd go back.

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                simply_victoria Oct 13, 2006 07:52 PM

                Not to beat a dead horse, but can I add Lee Harvey's cheeseburger to the list of bests? DELICIOUS. Its pretty much just meat and cheese with some fixins on the side (onions, lettuce, and tomatoes).

                Also, want to put in a word about their pickles. I inhale those. They are homemade and a little bit vinegarry and sweet, and I'm usually a kosher dill kind of girl.

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                1. re: simply_victoria
                  Kirk Oct 13, 2006 08:03 PM

                  Be careful inhaling those pickles, Victoria. Especially on Friday the 13th!

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                    simply_victoria Oct 13, 2006 09:17 PM

                    Don't worry. Tonight I will be dining at La Duni. No pickle inhaling from me.

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                      TexasToast Oct 13, 2006 11:29 PM

                      Mmmmm, milk chocolate cake!


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                  cagirlintexas Oct 7, 2006 12:22 AM

                  We tried snuffers and my husband LOVED thier cheese fries but we both though there burgers were below average. Defianlty do not go thier for a good burger but the fries are worth the trip.

                  I think next we will try kincaids or chips

                  1. Jambon_It Oct 5, 2006 02:06 PM

                    Go to Balls Burgers in Snider Plaza for their burger.

                    Get it to Go.

                    Walk around the corner to The Burger House.
                    Get at least one order of their amazingly seasoned fries.

                    SOOO Good.

                    1. irodguy Oct 3, 2006 06:33 PM

                      As an Onion Ring snob, Scotty Ps are much better than Chips. I would give Chips honorable mention, but nothing compared to Scotty Ps onion rings.

                      Now when you compare the burger itself you have to decide what you are looking for. Snuffers uses somewhat fattier meat than most others listed. Snuffers chopped lettuce and bun are quite good, but the meat itself can be a bit to fatty at times.

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                      1. re: irodguy
                        Mike C. Miller Oct 4, 2006 03:51 AM

                        Two questions: First, are Scotty P's onion rings cut small and crunchy, or are they made from larger cuts of onion? I much prefer the smaller shoestring style. Second, where is Scotty P's? Never heard of it.

                        1. re: Mike C. Miller
                          Scott Oct 4, 2006 05:02 AM

                          Answer #1: They're from larger cuts of onion--definitely not shoestring.

                          Answer #2: Plano, Allen, Frisco, and McKinney ( http://www.scottyps.com/findscottyp.html ).

                          Scotty P's does make a good chili cheeseburger (and fries and shake). (One of these days I need to do a chili cheeseburger comparison. I'm sure it would be painful, since so many places use nasty canned chilis.



                          1. re: Scott
                            TexasToast Oct 4, 2006 08:29 AM

                            I was gonna ask the same thing, as I rarely venture outside the "loop."


                            1. re: Scott
                              Kirk Oct 4, 2006 02:04 PM

                              I think one of the problems with Scotty P's, and most other burger places everywhere in the States, is that their default internal temperature for all burgers is >160 degrees, or well-done. There are some solid health and liability reasons for this, but the practice destroys the flavor and texture of a hamburger. Some places will cook to medium rare, if the customer requests it, but those few almost make you feel like you are taking your life in your own hands. I keep expecting someone to stick a liability-release form in front of me, when I ask for something less cooked than well-done.

                              1. re: Kirk
                                Scott Oct 4, 2006 04:52 PM


                                You need to meet me at Perry's sometime for their chili cheeseburger, cooked rare, medium rare, or however you like. Prime aged beef for both the patty and the housemade chili.


                                1. re: Scott
                                  Kirk Oct 4, 2006 07:02 PM

                                  Sounds like a good lunch!

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                                    soapgirl Oct 6, 2006 03:03 PM

                                    You guys are killing me... "Perry’s Prime Burger - All prime aged beef, served on a toasted bun served with steak fries. Add your complimentary choice of cheddar, bleu cheese, Swiss or American cheese, sautéed mushrooms or onions"

                                    1. re: soapgirl
                                      TexasToast Oct 6, 2006 09:27 PM

                                      Now Perry's is a really nice place. It may have some service snafus, but the food's been consisently good.


                                      1. re: TexasToast
                                        soapgirl Oct 7, 2006 10:04 PM

                                        Mmmmm... burgers.....

                                  2. re: Scott
                                    ZinGal Oct 16, 2006 01:14 AM


                                    Where is Perry's?

                                    1. re: ZinGal
                                      Kirk Oct 16, 2006 01:30 AM

                                      Routh Street, not far from the Quadrangle.


                                2. re: Scott
                                  Mike C. Miller Oct 8, 2006 05:28 AM

                                  That would account as to why I never heard of it. I try not to venture north of North West Highway. Occasionally, I venture to the boondocks to go to India Palace.

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                              Mike C. Miller Oct 3, 2006 08:29 AM

                              I concur on Chip's and would add Snuffer's. I think Snuffer's burgers are marginally better, but Chip's onioin rings are good enough to make me eat there more often.

                              1. irodguy Oct 3, 2006 02:18 AM

                                Oops forgot a few:

                                Adairs Saloon in what's now Deep Ellum all though they were there first. It's a real burger not fancy, designer or anything else, but really good bar burger. http://www.adairssaloon.com/home_ads.htm

                                all though not in Dallas:

                                Kincaids in Ft. Worth
                                Fred's Texas - Cash only but it's more than a burger it's a Ft. Worth at it's best. http://www.fredstexascafe.com/

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                                1. re: irodguy
                                  QueenB Oct 3, 2006 06:32 PM

                                  I believe there's a Kincaid's now in Southlake.
                                  Have no idea if it compares to the original in FW.

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                                    ChristieP Oct 7, 2006 10:15 PM

                                    Yes, there is. It's at Kimbell and 114, and it draws quite a crowd. Pretty darn good burgers!

                                  2. re: irodguy
                                    TexSkills Oct 24, 2006 12:43 AM

                                    Adairs makes a killer burger. My choices would be Scotty P's, Burger House, Ball's and Keller's. Purdy's makes a pretty good burger but not as good those already listed.

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                                    interference Oct 2, 2006 04:41 PM

                                    When I want a "great burger" I usually go to a steakhouse and not a burger joint. For a mid-tier steakhouse, Houston's has a consistently good burger.

                                    I had the Stoneleigh P. burger recently and of course they refuse to give you ketchup because "good burgers don't need ketchup." Personally, I think the vinegary sweet taste of ketchup is the perfect balancing element to the rich greasiness of the beef.

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                                    1. re: interference
                                      TexasToast Oct 2, 2006 04:45 PM

                                      I'm all for restaurants having their "quirks" but a place serving "bar food" that doesn't serve ketchup is just going too far. It's kinda like selling a milkshake, but not allowing you to use a straw!


                                      1. re: TexasToast
                                        interference Oct 2, 2006 04:54 PM

                                        I agree, TT. Kind of an arrogant policy -- too bad the burger didn't live up to the attitude. (Not to knock the P. in general - it's a great bar.)

                                    2. Dallas Alice Oct 2, 2006 04:33 PM

                                      D Magazine said Wingfield's was best. They do make a very good burger, and it's very large, but Wingfield's is strictly take-out, so eat it in your car or drive home to chow. The Angry Dog and Twisted Root both are good (and the milkshakes at Twisted Root are tremendous). And don't forget Stoneleigh P.

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                                      1. re: Dallas Alice
                                        TexasToast Oct 2, 2006 04:36 PM

                                        What about Who's Who in HPV?


                                      2. irodguy Oct 2, 2006 03:56 AM

                                        Twisted Root is good, but not good enough to go out of the way for. Scotty Ps in Plano, Frisco, Mckinney etc. has much better onion rings and generally as good to better burgers.

                                        Also for something different for a very inexpensive price the old butcher shop in Downtown Plano, Wednesday is Elk burger day, Thursday is Buffalo day.

                                        Also of course not previously mentioned is Balls two locations one on NW & one at Snyder Plaza.

                                        1. TexasToast Oct 1, 2006 02:53 PM

                                          Didn't D Magazine do a recent cover story on this issue (big burger on the cover)? I'm sure a lot of places were listed in that issue. That would be a good place to start.


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                                            MarcusB Oct 1, 2006 02:18 PM

                                            Twisted Root, Jakes, Chips, and Keller's in no particular order.

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