Eats Beat: Get your best burger battle-ready

Posted 8:30am on Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013

Once, choosing “best burgers” was as easy as flipping a bun.

There was always No. 1: the original, standing-room-only Kincaid’s Hamburgers, with challenges from Tommy’s Hamburger Grill, Charley’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Fred’s and now-gone Rick’s.

In Dallas, No. 1 was always between Keller’s Drive-In and Burger House. Charcoal-broiled Goff’s Hamburgers had its loyalists. So did now-gone Rose’s, plus bars Adair’s, Snuffer’s and the Stoneleigh P.

Then along came the new-school burgers: Dutch’s with its sweet-sourdough buns, the Love Shack, M&O Station Grill and Pappas Burger.

Yes, all those have been open more than five years.

Has the flame passed to a new generation?

Is Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Dallas (home of a miso salmon burger) or Rodeo Goat in Fort Worth (candied-bacon-blackberry-cheddar burger) now our best?

What about Twisted Root, or Off-Site Kitchen in Dallas?

And can we compare a $12 burger to Daybreak Cafe’s $2.29 special?

That’s all important because it’s time for another Battle of the Burgers, our biennial summer of beefy indulgence.

It’s tougher than ever to narrow the field to 32 burger grills, so we’re asking your help. Send suggestions (burger grills only, please — no steakhouses or froufrou wine cafes).

Arlington, always a good burger town, has some new challengers to Chop House Burger’s dynasty. There’s also probably some outlying place like Oma’s Jiffy Burger in Waxahachie or the Burger Bar in Cleburne.

As always, send ideas here or to “Hey, Bud!” at

Hot dog holiday

More next week on July Fourth specials, but this one requires advance notice.

The Fourth is hot dog contest day at Curly’s Frozen Custard, hosting the local edition of the Nathan’s Famous contest.

The defending champ can eat four dogs in 21/2 minutes. You have to beat that, and also resist temptation to stop and eat Curly’s Parker County peach frozen custard.

The contest starts at 11 a.m. July 4 at Curly’s, 4017 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; 817-763-8700,

New BBQ, and a return

Early buzz on a new barbecue shop: BBQ on the Brazos, on U.S. 377 in Cresson, might be one of the best yet.

More in an upcoming Eats Beat. But it’s open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. six days a week; inside a Texaco, 9001 E. U.S. 377, 817-396-4758,

Also, Palo Pinto County favorite Hashknife on the Chisholm has reopened after a short rest from the Texas Monthly Top-50 crowds; 8131 N. U.S. 287, Peadenville, 940-325-5150.

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