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ellen4641
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best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Wed, 04/2/08 11:31 PM
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hi,
I'll be in Dallas later this month, before I do the Roadfood Austin tour.

I love a good, messy burger, charbroiled preferred.
Help , please?

Also, nice charbroiled steaks? (that are served in down-to-earth places, nowhere too formal)

How about Dunstons for steaks? What do you think?

Of course, I have'nt forgotten about you TwinWillow. I'm looking very much forward to meeting you in Dallas....and doing Stephen Pyles' restaurant..

Hey, PapaJoe , do you want to meet at Kellers for a burger?
I know you like that place?

Any and all help is appreciated!
--ellen--

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Thu, 04/3/08 12:13 AM
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Hi Ellen. Yes, I am very much looking forward to your Dallas visit. For a really great burger, I recommend Twisted Root Burger co. It's my favorite!
http://www.twistedrootburgerco.com

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Thu, 04/3/08 10:35 AM
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I don't think it was charbroiled but I had a good burger at Jakes at the Mckinney location a couple of months ago. They also had homemade rootbeer which was good.

http://www.jakesburgers.net/index.php

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Thu, 04/3/08 10:36 AM
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Ellen, I am a fan of Dunstons. Good steaks at reasonable prices.

I do love a Keller's #5 w/ chili. It's real messy but not char broiled. Don't forget the Tater Tots! No place to sit but in your car though.

I would love to meet with you, maybe lunch at Dunstons? I can't drive at night. Maybe Twin could join us there? My email is broke but I am geting it fixed or starting a new one. I will mail you.
Joe

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Thu, 04/3/08 11:00 AM
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Ellen and Joe, Jakes burgers are very good. Better than Keller's (imho) but you don't get that 50's vibe that Keller's has. Twisted Root not only also makes their own Root Beer, they also make their own flavored ice tea as well. And of course, they make their own premium ice cream. I think it's the best burger experience in Dallas. Their burgers are a full 1/2 pound of dripping goodness. Personally, I like their Bison burger with cheese.

The original Dunstan's is only 3 doors away from my store on Lovers Lane in the same strip mall. The steaks (and burgers) are mesquite grilled over an open pit and the salad bar is always included. This Dunstan's is the original location and owned separately (by the original family) from the others. Going in there is like going through a time warp back to 1960. I have lunch there at least once a week.

Another really juicy burger can be had at Chips. Also not far from me on Lovers Lane. They are real juicy and drippy. you'll go through many napkins before you finish one. The fries are great too.

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Thu, 04/3/08 12:19 PM
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Okay, Twinwillow and Papa Joe,
How about if we meet at Dunston's for lunch then? How is Tues. April 22nd sound at 12 noon?
That works out wonderful that it's right by your office...the Lovers Lane location.

I decided to spend some more nights in Dallas, so I don't have to rush it so much.
I'll be in Dallas for 4 nights, followed by Austin for 3 nights.


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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Thu, 04/3/08 1:06 PM
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Sounds great to me if it's ok w/ Twin. And I have a new email that should work from here now.
Joe

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Sun, 04/13/08 7:52 PM
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mooyah burgers is the latest craze here for fries and burgers.

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Sun, 04/13/08 8:02 PM
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Been to Mooyah. And sorry, IMHO they don't rate. Try "Twisted Root" on Commerce in Deep Ellum.

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Sun, 04/13/08 8:40 PM
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Originally posted by steven6514

mooyah burgers is the latest craze here for fries and burgers.


They may be a craze, but are they any good? What are they doing there that sets them apart? And where are they located?

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Mon, 04/14/08 12:00 PM
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Del's Charcoal Burgers in Richardson are good.

The best in Dallas, imho, are at Hunkys, but they are griddled, not grilled.

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Mon, 04/14/08 6:39 PM
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Originally posted by planojim

Del's Charcoal Burgers in Richardson are good.

The best in Dallas, imho, are at Hunkys, but they are griddled, not grilled.

Hi Planojim,
I had planned to try Del's and Hunky's, so I'm glad to hear you like them!

I also want to try Goffs, Balls, and Chips! I'm a true burger gal!

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Mon, 04/14/08 6:49 PM
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Not being from, or even ever dined in Texas, here's a blog I used to follow that may help (I still follow it, just no recent updates since January):
http://www.texasburgerguy.com/
They may have some info in there that may help. Best of luck!

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Tue, 04/15/08 2:01 AM
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Ellen, I am a native Dallasite and have eaten burgers at all the places that have been mentioned. They are all good, but my favorites are Snuffers (several locations) and JG's (Greenville just south of LBJ). JG's tied for first place in D Magazine's "Best Hamburger in Dallas" and Snuffers is known for its great cheese fries as well as the burgers. The Village Burger Bar in the trendy West Village is really good too, as well as the Counter Burger in Plano. You could eat a great hamburger here at a different place every day for a month, so I suggest you extend your visit!

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Tue, 04/15/08 11:47 AM
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Ellen - I apologize for not getting to this sooner. I have been swamped with my own travels and work. My favorite burger in the Metroplex is not in Dallas, per se. As a matter of fact, it is a bit of a drive from Dallas.

I have recommended this true Roadfood gem to a few people, yet there seem to only be a few on this board who have ever been to this place. My suggestion is to hop in your car and head out to Ponder, Texas - it is about 45 minutes NNW of DFW airport (about 10 miles west of Denton)and hit the Ranchman's Cafe (aka Ponder Steakhouse). Another compromise that you will need to make is that the burgers are not char-grilled, but fabulous, nonetheless.





Ponder is an historic town - and the steakhouse is located right next to a building that was once a bank robbed by Bonnie and Clyde.



The guy standing up on the left is Dave Ross, the owner. If he is there, and he usually is, he will most likely chat you up - as he seems to know most everyone who comes into the place.


Trust me....you won't be disappointed.

ETA: I have also been to Snuffer's on Midway and Beltline in Addison and found it to be a pretty good burger, too. I am not sure if they char-grill, either, though.

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Tue, 04/15/08 11:51 AM
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Travelin Man-
Great photos! I plan on being at Ranchman's Cafe early next week!

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Tue, 04/15/08 12:30 PM
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"The Travelin Man" is, Right on! Ranchman's Cafe is great!

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Tue, 04/15/08 1:18 PM
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Travelin Man-
Great photos! I plan on being at Ranchman's Cafe early next week!


You will love the place. If you see Dave, tell him I said "hi." He may not know me as The Travelin' Man, but if you tell him "that guy who works for the college in Florida," I am sure he will know what you mean!

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Tue, 04/15/08 1:33 PM
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Travelin Man-
Do you really think I am going to bring up your name? And risk them being closed!

Seriously, if I see Dave, I will mention you.

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Tue, 04/15/08 4:16 PM
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Originally posted by buffetbuster

Travelin Man-
Do you really think I am going to bring up your name? And risk them being closed!

Seriously, if I see Dave, I will mention you.

They might throw you out - but they won't close if you bring up his name.

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Tue, 04/15/08 10:27 PM
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Originally posted by signsister

Ellen, I am a native Dallasite and have eaten burgers at all the places that have been mentioned. They are all good, but my favorites are Snuffers (several locations) and JG's (Greenville just south of LBJ). JG's tied for first place in D Magazine's "Best Hamburger in Dallas" and Snuffers is known for its great cheese fries as well as the burgers. The Village Burger Bar in the trendy West Village is really good too, as well as the Counter Burger in Plano. You could eat a great hamburger here at a different place every day for a month, so I suggest you extend your visit!

Thanks for all your burger tips! (and welcome to Roadfood, signsister)... oh boy, even more great sounding burger joints ! I may just have to stay a month sometime (good point)
(then I'd have to do a "30 days in Dallas" trip report, of course..

I've been to the Counter Burger , the location in Royal Palm Beach, FL. I LOVED it !! (good and messy) I included a "drooling pic" in one of my recent Florida trip reports, (Part 2)

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Tue, 04/15/08 10:32 PM
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Travelin Man-
Great photos! I plan on being at Ranchman's Cafe early next week!

Yeah, thanks for sharing the pics, Travelin' Man...
hey, look what just happened!! YOU posted on here, and this thread took on a 2nd life ! ...resurrected..

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Wed, 04/16/08 7:51 AM
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Wingfield's Breakfast & Burger
2615 S Beckley Ave
Dallas, TX 75224
(214) 943-5214


Selected as Best Burger in Dallas last year.

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Wed, 04/16/08 11:25 AM
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Originally posted by signsister

Wingfield's Breakfast & Burger
2615 S Beckley Ave
Dallas, TX 75224
(214) 943-5214


Selected as Best Burger in Dallas last year.

Now I've got yet another burger place for my list, signsister.
Appreciate the info.
Just curious, though, WHO selected it Best Burger ? (it was'nt the owners mother or anything, was it?) (LOL)

And also, what's your opinion of Wingfield's?

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Wed, 04/16/08 2:12 PM
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looks like it was D Magazine. They normally write pretty good stuff, and this was a decent article, with a lot of the names we'd mentioned.

http://www.dmagazine.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=test&type=MultiPublishing&mod=PublishingTitles&mid=7155F7796F354F21B1183937D847D6DF&tier=4&id=9C33F46AA53F42E8A42C626DCCA0C8FA

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Wed, 04/16/08 7:18 PM
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Originally posted by planojim

looks like it was D Magazine. They normally write pretty good stuff, and this was a decent article, with a lot of the names we'd mentioned.

http://www.dmagazine.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=test&type=MultiPublishing&mod=PublishingTitles&mid=7155F7796F354F21B1183937D847D6DF&tier=4&id=9C33F46AA53F42E8A42C626DCCA0C8FA


I'm sure if "The Twisted Root" had been open at the time this article was written, it wold have surely been a contender.

I will absolutely have to try some of those mentioned that I had never even heard off before.

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Wed, 04/16/08 7:24 PM
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I will have to add however, I have never been a great fan of "D" magazines restaurant reviews.

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Wed, 04/16/08 7:59 PM
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Originally posted by planojim

looks like it was D Magazine. They normally write pretty good stuff, and this was a decent article, with a lot of the names we'd mentioned.

http://www.dmagazine.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=test&type=MultiPublishing&mod=PublishingTitles&mid=7155F7796F354F21B1183937D847D6DF&tier=4&id=9C33F46AA53F42E8A42C626DCCA0C8FA

Thanks for the article link, Planojim. I'm printing it as we speak.
I love the way the burger joints are listed , complete with address and phone numbers. Nice and clear.

p.s. I put Twisted Root on my mental list, twinwillow (Michael)

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Thu, 04/17/08 11:51 AM
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ellen

As Twin said, Twisted Root is worthy of a visit. They have sesame seed buns, which to me is a deal breaker, but if you don't mind them, you should stop by.

as an added bonus, Adair's Saloon is right across the street, and the Angry Dog is about 1 block east.

Adairs and Angry were also on that list from D Magazine.

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Fri, 04/18/08 2:21 PM
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ellen

As Twin said, Twisted Root is worthy of a visit. They have sesame seed buns, which to me is a deal breaker, but if you don't mind them, you should stop by.

as an added bonus, Adair's Saloon is right across the street, and the Angry Dog is about 1 block east.

Adairs and Angry were also on that list from D Magazine.

Works out good for me, as I LOVE sesame buns!

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RE: best charbroiled messy burgers in Dallas....where? - Fri, 04/18/08 3:13 PM
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Originally posted by ellen4641

quote:
Originally posted by planojim

ellen

As Twin said, Twisted Root is worthy of a visit. They have sesame seed buns, which to me is a deal breaker, but if you don't mind them, you should stop by.

as an added bonus, Adair's Saloon is right across the street, and the Angry Dog is about 1 block east.

Adairs and Angry were also on that list from D Magazine.

Works out good for me, as I LOVE sesame buns!


Me too!