I think their meat has a very nice smell and taste. I like their concept, but I don't think they can beat the smaller independent places like Wingfields.
Goff’s has been around for many decades in Dallas and I was visiting its newer location in North Dallas. Goff’s serve burgers and hot dogs and they have a few combos on the menu where you get both. I noticed there was a burger called “The Works”. If a burger is called that, I want it! I asked the nice girl at the counter what was in it and she mentioned so many things I lost track. From what I can recollect it had lettuce, tomato, relish, pickles, onions, hickory sauce, chili, cheese, and at least four more ingredients. I ordered it with a side of fries. No option how to have it cooked.
The restaurant was nice and clean but really had any personality to it. You went there to get a burger and that was it! The wait was short, maybe 5 minutes and the burgers were ready.
The patty was very thin and I would guess this was a 1/4 lbs burger at best. There was so much stuff under the patty that it was actually filling up more than haft of the burger. It was just too much and I haven’t even tasted it yet. At the first bite I knew I was right initially. There is just too much stuff in this burger that it actually made the burger taste cold even though the patty was hot. At times it was even like the burger was completely gone and all I was left with was a veggie sandwich. I was not very impressed. There is nothing wrong making a burger with everything but as a restaurant you have to adjust the amount of “everything” to make the burger a good burger. Don’t just fill it up with greens and condiments without thinking about the proportions to the patty. I think that had I taken all the extras out this would have been an okay (but tiny) burger. I really don’t know how the meat tasted since it was drowned in everything else. I am not sure I want to come back to try another burger though.
The fries were made from frozen and were actually quite decent. The were hot and crispy and with a good taste.
I personally think they should make the patties larger. 1/4 lbs patties doesn’t cut it today. Goff’s should do at least 1/3 lbs burgers and not load them up so much. “The Works” needs to slim down a bit so you can taste the meat. I will recommend not getting “The Works” and go with a more simple burger next time.
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This is a family operated restaurant. Here you walk up to the counter and place your order. Then you get a buzzer and find a place to sit. They have ketchup and napkins at each table. There is plenty of room in this restaurant. All orders are placed like it is take out, so when you get the burgers they are all packed in bags for you. They have real plates which is very nice.
I ordered the Double Double which is 2-1/3 lb. beef patties, 2 slices of cheese with mustard, lettuce, onion, pickles & tomato. The buzzer went off after 5 minutes and you walk up to the counter and get the bag(s). This is a very nicely sized burger and is very close to Jake’s no 14 (see link) but a bit lighter. The fries are nice and crisp and slender cut (almost shoe string).
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Culver’s advertise that their signature ButterBurger is made from fresh, never frozen, 100% US raised beef and seared on a hot grill to seal in their juicy flavor. My first impression was that this looks pretty much like your usual fast food restaurant. The setup is very much like McD, where you walk up to the cashier and place your order. They have so called “Baskets” as menu deals. The order process is very fast and prices are pretty good. $6.50 for a Culver’s Bacon Deluxe (double) with fries and soft drink. You get a number and take a seat. Drinks, ketchup etc is all selfservice.
The meal came very fast; within 3 minutes; delivered to the table. The burger has some greasiness to it on the bun; I guess that’s where the butter in ButterBurger comes into place. I assume it was butter, but it was not overwhelming. The patties where made well done, but still pretty juicy. They were a little too burned on the edges for my taste, but the rest was pretty good. It comes with lettuce, pickles, tomato, onions, mayo and bacon. The bun is pretty good quality. I think the burger was very good for a place like this. The fries are crinkle cut fries and they were nice and crisp.
The restaurant setup is close to any McDonald’s but it seems cozier.
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Twisted Root Burger Company or T-Root if you are a regular is a burger and beer place. When you enter the restaurant I feel right at home. They are all about the important things in life, like burgers and beers. When you are waiting in line many signs, posters and slogans greet you. I liked a few in particular: “I am following the voices in my wife’s head”, so true. Also: “Wife and dog lost. Reward paid for dog”.
This is in the middle of lunch around 11:30 and it is very busy. The line is long and when we get to order it has been 15 minutes. The menu is very varied and most of the items are burgers. They have traditional burgers, exotic meat burger like alligator and venison and specialty burger. My fellow Burger Hunter and I ordered specialty burgers: a Western Burger with onion strings, jalapenos and bacon and a Peppercorn Ranch Bacon Burger (obvious what that one has). We also ordered Curly Fries and drinks.
When you pay you get a card with some celebrity name on and they will announce this name once the order is ready. Our celebrity name was William Wallace.
The wait after the order was not too bad, maybe 6-7 minutes. While you are waiting you get your drinks. Condiments are there right on the table along with napkins etc.
First impression of the burger is that this is a higher end burger. The meat has an incredible good and grilled smell and the ranch on my burger was definitely home made. The burger itself doesn’t look so impressive, but that is because you actually get it “disassembled”. The patty is on the bun with the specialty items your ordered, but the onion, tomato and lettuce is on the side and the top bun is also off. Once you put it all together it is tall enough to be impressive again.
The fries are good and decent fries: nothing impressive but just above average.
If I had to mention something a little negative it is the initial wait to get to order. 15 minutes is just too long. I am suspecting that they have to make people wait so they can get people out to accommodate the new people coming in, but still.
I will definitely recommend T-Root mostly because of the impressive meat and I think the place must be awesome at night having a burger and a couple of beers (or many if you must). Just get there early.
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Five Guys advertise:
This place was busier than Grand Central Station. There were definitely more than five guys behind the counter today . Nevertheless it took only a few minutes to get through the line to order. At the counter, they have a sign saying where the potatoes are from. Today they were from Shelley, Idaho. Nice touch!
They also have a Little Hamburger option with only one patty for girls and kids. All burgers are cooked well done but juicy (as their sign says). You are given a number on your receipt and you find a table to sit at. Even though this was super busy, we got a seat right away and they are very fast at making new tables ready as soon as people left.
You get ketchup and drinks by yourself at the condiment station. It took less than 10 minutes before the burgers were ready (pretty good considering how busy they were). They are served in a bag and wrapped in aluminum foil to keep them warm. So they are also ready to go, if you just want to take them home or to the office.
The burger is very juicy and the grilled onions make the burger taste unbelievably good. The mushrooms were cooked perfectly and pickles and tomatoes are very fresh. It is a big messy hamburger unless you control it with the wrapping (which I didn’t). I had to go clean up afterwards. Even though it is cooked well done, it is still very moist and the accompanying condiments are even making it moister. The fries are above average and there are lots of them.
The place was busy but they managed to keep it very clean at all time. Tables were emptied the minute someone left and condiment and soft drink stations were spotless. The bathrooms were also clean and that usually says a lot about the restaurant.
I will definitely recommend Five Guys and I will be back soon!
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Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Mooyah uses the slogan: “Just burgers. Just fries. Just better.”. They do that in reference to that all they do is burgers and fries and they do it well. Looking at their menu it shows that they are not entirely true to their slogan, because they also have hot dogs and shakes, but I must give them that their menu is dominated by burgers.
Mooyah is using fresh never frozen beef for their burgers and they think that the bun-to-meat ratios is important and couldn’t agree more. We’ll see how they do in this review. They also use fresh potatoes and hand cut blanch and fry them in the restaurant.
The place was very clean and light. They offer all toppings for free so they had a form you could fill out when you came in to select all the toppings needed for the burger. The standard Mooyah burger is a double beef burger and you have to order a junior to get a single meat patty burger. I liked the place already! I passed on the form and went straight to the counter to order. I ordered a Mooyah burger with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onion, sauteed mushrooms and the special Mooyah sauce. Cheese and bacon was 60 cents extra each. I also ordered a regular fries with that.
The wait was very short, maybe less than 5 minutes and during that time I could see the staff make the burgers right in front of my eyes. Their kitchen is front row to all that would be interested in their process and it also showed me they had nothing to hide.
The burgers are not super big considering they are double burgers, but they are heavy! The bun-to-meat ratios is just right: the bun is sturdy but not very large. So you get a lot of taste from the important part of the burger: The meat and the toppings. Their bacon is very tasty and the cheese was present but not overpowering. The grilled mushrooms and onions just make this burger so much better and reminds me of the burgers from Five Guys (see review here). The meat is very flavorful even though they are cooked well done. This is a great burger with lots of taste and it is filling as well. The fries are not anything special. I would rate them just over average. It’s a petty since Mooyah is doing the right thing making the fries from fresh, but they are just not up to par for home made fries. They look and taste good, but they are too soft and soggy for my taste.
Mooyah has a great concept that I support 100% and their burgers are very good and a great value for the price. Their service is awesome and super fast and their restaurant is a nice place to dine in or you can take out as you like.
One thing I would like to notice is that Mooyah allows you to place orders via text message and online and schedule a time to pick it up. Very nice feature!
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The concept of Bone Daddy’s is quite simple. They serve a simple menu with traditional BBQ dishes. They also call them self “House of Smoke” and you can tell when you approach the restaurant it smells smoky (in a good way).
This place is always super-busy and on Fridays (like this one) you have to be there around 11 AM or you are in for a long wait.
The interior of the restaurant is held in dark wood and darker colors and they have TV’s everywhere showing sports programs. They also have a full bar if you want a beer or something stronger.
What I like about their menu is that it is relatively limited and everything on it is usually very good. What I also like about it is that there is not one single item on their menu that is vegetarian. Even their salads have bacon or some kind of meat. You have to get side dishes to get vegetarian options.
They only had one burger on the menu, so that made it very easy. I chose their cheeseburger cooked to medium.
The wait is always a little longer here because they are just that busy. It was probably 15 minutes.
The burger came and it was served with traditional toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, red onion and pickles. Did I forget to mention bacon? Of course this burger had bacon on it, like most other dishes here. The portion of fries was big and seasoned generously. The fries were very crisp and tasted really good however they were on the salty side. I usually don’t eat a lot of salt, so I found them too salty, but others may disagree so I am not going to let this affect my rating of the fries.
The burger is very good. Mine was a little on the medium-well side but you can taste the meat has a smoky flavor from the grill. They also brought me BBQ sauce to add as needed to the burger.
I you like a simple man friendly menu with good solid options and at the same time like to look at some nice girls, this is the place to visit. If you like to have a beer or something stronger, they can also help you with that.
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This is a new Burger Joint and they are on D-Magazine’s top 8 list of burger places in Dallas. They advertise cooking their burgers on a wood burning grill and you could definitely tell that was the case when you walked into the restaurant. It was a very pleasant smell and reminded me of a BBQ place. Kenny’s also serve many other items, but we were there for their “Silver Sterling” burgers.
This is an upscale restaurant where you are seated and wait on. They also feature a full bar along side with the restaurant. You also know that when you get a real napkin and not the usually paper napkin, you are in a good place.
They have quite an assortment of burgers (twelve to be precise) and one of them feature a 1 lb. burger with bacon, mushrooms, onions, cheddar and pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. Kenny calls it the Big Kahuna burger. Kenny also serve all burgers on fresh Ciabatta buns from la Spiga bakery in Addison, TX.
Burgers were priced from $6.49 to $8.49 and $12.99 for the 1 lb. burger. We were not in the mood for a 1 lbs burger, so we ordered two burgers to share. One was the Bacon Cheeseburger with white cheddar, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles and mayo and a Black & Blue Burger with cajun spiced, blue cheese & dressing, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. We ordered them both cooked medium.
The wait was maybe 10 minutes which I would consider very good for this kind of restaurant. The burgers came opened so you can inspect the burger thoroughly. I was worried about the Ciabatta until I saw that it was soft and not like a traditional Italian Ciabatta that can be quite hard and tough.
The meat was the first thing you noticed in these burgers. The wood burning grill is definitely worth the money. The meat is just so much better than meat cooked on a griddle or normal gas fired grill. It was superior and can not be made any better in my opinion. Both burgers were cooked medium-well to well done. I am always disappointed when that happens but in this case the meat was still juicy and very tasty. The cheese was a better quality than the normal cheese you get at other places and the blue cheese actually tasted like blue cheese unlike most other places.
The fries were very similar to seasoned fries called Zesties. They were super crispy and seasoned well. These fries were among the better ones I have tasted.
Overall I think Kenny’s is doing a great job making burgers. The wood burning grill makes a big difference and all burger joints should get one of these grills. Their cheeses are high quality and well tasking cheeses and all their ingredients are fresh and delicious. I recommend Kenny’s for lunch but also for dinner. It is a great place to eat.
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Wingfield’s is on D Magazine’s top 8 burger places in the Greater Dallas Metropolitan area and they are currently letting readers vote for their favorite burger (see link) so this was an obvious choice for me to pay them a visit. They are located in South Dallas close to Interstate 35. This is not an area you would want to walk around alone at night, but this was in the middle of the day so we were fine.
The sign was the only thing that tells you that you were at Wingfield’s. The building was probably the smallest I have ever seen for a burger joint. It was the true definition of a hole-in-the-wall. There were maybe 4 or 5 parking spots outside the restaurant and once filled people start parking behind your car so you have to ask them to move when you headed out with your burger.
The place has no seating area inside or outside so this was purely a take-out place. There was hardly any place to stand and make an order but we still managed. I ordered a bacon cheese burger and my guest ordered a double bacon cheese burger. They were cooking the burgers right in front of you on an electric griddle and you could instantly see that the patties were huge (at least ½ lbs each) but he still insisted on getting the double burger. They announced the waiting time would be 15 minutes. The primary reason for this was probably that they just started out cooking burgers and they were making maybe 30 at a time or so.
This was a busy place. During the 15 minute wait many patrons were coming and going (I guess they ordered in advance..?).
We finally got the burgers and went to a nearby park to consume them.
The cheese was not overpowering, but made an impact, as you would expect in a cheeseburger. The patty was well done and that is normally not my cup of tea but it was well seasoned and still very juicy and very tasty.
I managed to check out if they kept the place clean, and by looking at the floor inside the kitchen and around the griddle, this looked like a very clean place!It is tough to rate this restaurant for the atmosphere, but I am giving it a 3 for the lack of effort and the entire focus on the burger instead. It was quite an experience that I recommend everyone to try. Please make sure to bring cash, as this is the only payment they take.
You absolutely MUST visit this place, but keep in mind that this is take-out only, so plan to take it to a nearby park or live close enough that you can take it home. Or eat it in your car if you have to get it detailed later that day anyway.
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Kincaid’s is an award winning burger establishment in Ft. Worth since 1946. It has been featured in the book “Hamburger America” by George Mott as “a must on the burger trail of America” and is probably one of the best known burger places in the United States. It has already been reviewed by FatTriGuy in his review on Feb 7, 2010 (see review here) but since I am the Burger Doctor I had to check the place out myself so I could make my own objective evaluation of Kincaid’s.
Kincaid’s was established back on September 5, 1946 as a grocery and meat market by Charles Kincaid. In order to use up excess meat from the market they started cooking burgers around 1966 and over the years words spread around Ft. Worth how good these burgers were. Articles began to be written, local television station began to feature Kincaid’s burgers and now they are consistently chosen as the “best burger” in the city and county.
All burgers are made from all natural USDA choice boneless chuck. The beef is handmade into patties of 8 oz each and cooked on their large hamburger grill in the store. If you like to read more about the history of Kincaid’s please refer to their website here.
When I arrived at the restaurant I could tell this was a different kind of burger place than I normally go to. It was kept in the old fashioned style and walking into the restaurant you instantly felt like you were in a special place. Behind the benches that met you when you walked in there were three lines of high table rows from were you could enjoy your hamburgers standing. It looked to me like they kept this from when they started selling hamburgers back in the sixties and it was very authentic. One wall was decorated with memorabilia collected from the restaurant over time and the other wall was covered with newspaper articles about Kincaid’s and awards received over the years. It was like walking back in time and truly a unique experience you never could have at all the new hamburger places that keep popping up everywhere.
The restaurant was large considering the humble appearance from the outside. I would guess it could seat (and stand) at least 100 people but this was right after they opened at 11 AM, so there were very few in the restaurant. The signs where the menu was posted on looked like it was the original signs from the sixties. Everything seemed original and following the concept that once you make something good, don’t mess with it.
I was recommended to get the Bacon Cheese burger and I ordered mine medium and with a side a fries and drink. The wait was less than 10 minutes and the burgers came in takeout bags so you could bring them on the road or enjoy them inside the restaurant.
The burgers looked very good and the fries were the wrinkle type fries. I am certain the fries were cooked from frozen which is perfectly fine with me. The burger was very good. I am uncertain if they season the burger at all, my guess is that they don’t. The meat was juicy even though they cooked mine medium well. You can tell this is a good quality meat and it tasted very good. I didn’t get any taste impression from the grill though which I personally prefer, but the meat was speaking for itself in this burger. The bacon was very good and made a good addition to the burger. The burger was very solid and clean and by clean I mean there were no fancy ingredients other than meat, cheese and a few greens. The bun was firm and consistent with the entire burger. I can understand why so many like Kincaid’s and rate it one of the best burgers out there.
In my opinion it was not my favorite burger for a few reasons: First, the grill added no taste to the burger. I really enjoy a burger grilled on a real grill and not on a griddle like they used at Kincaid’s. A griddle add almost no flavor to the burger and I admit that it could be an advantage but I just like the grilled taste better. Some places have a wood fired grill which adds even more flavor which I also happen to like. Second, the bacon was not good enough for a high quality place like this. Don’t get me wrong, it was very good but having tried the bacon at Wingfield’s (see review http://burgerdoctor.com/wingfields-da...) this was just not in the league it could be.
The fries were cooked from frozen and I am all for that if you can’t make them from fresh (which is tougher than you think). I like that Kincaid’s focus was on the burger and not on the fries. Why try to make fries from scratch if you are a meat place? I think it makes perfect sense for Kincaid’s to focus entirely on the meat and the burger.
My final conclusion from my visit is that Kincaid’s is a burger establishment you have to visit if you are a burger lover. As a Burger Doctor I truly love places that are 100% dedicated to meat burgers and Kincaid’s is one of those establishments. The atmosphere in this place is the best I have ever been in. It oozes “Burger” and that’s the feeling you want when you visit a burger place. The burgers are solid and even though my preference is for the grilled burgers I must admit Kincaid’s makes a great burger.
I will rate this burger as a solid 8.5 out of 10. I still think Wingfield’s (http://burgerdoctor.com/wingfields-da...) is a notch up from Kincaid’s. The atmosphere is an almost unbeatable 9 out of 10.
Before you die, you must pledge to visit Kincaid’s and take a bit of history with a great burger from an establishment that is so dedicated to the burger cause.
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