Once, choosing best burgers was as easy as flipping a bun.
There was always No. 1: the original, standing-room-only Kincaids Hamburgers, with challenges from Tommys Hamburger Grill, Charleys Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Freds and now-gone Ricks.
In Dallas, No. 1 was always between Kellers Drive-In and Burger House. Charcoal-broiled Goffs Hamburgers had its loyalists. So did now-gone Roses, plus bars Adairs, Snuffers and the Stoneleigh P.
Then along came the new-school burgers: Dutchs 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 Cafes $2.29 special?
Thats all important because its time for another DFW.com Battle of the Burgers, our biennial summer of beefy indulgence.
Its tougher than ever to narrow the field to 32 burger grills, so were 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 Burgers dynasty. Theres also probably some outlying place like Omas Jiffy Burger in Waxahachie or the Burger Bar in Cleburne.
As always, send ideas here or to Hey, Bud! at dfw.com/static/hey-bud/.
Hot dog holiday
More next week on July Fourth specials, but this one requires advance notice.
The Fourth is hot dog contest day at Curlys Frozen Custard, hosting the local edition of the Nathans 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 Curlys Parker County peach frozen custard.
The contest starts at 11 a.m. July 4 at Curlys, 4017 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; 817-763-8700, curlysfrozencustard.com.
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 its open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. six days a week; inside a Texaco, 9001 E. U.S. 377, 817-396-4758, bbqonthebrazos.com
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.