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Burger Battle Round 1: Tommy’s vs. Keller’s

Posted 9:31am on Thursday, Jul. 18, 2013

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(4) Tommy’s , 5228 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth vs. (5) Keller’s Drive-in, 6537 E. Northwest Highway, Dallas

Combined, these two burger shrines — one from Forth Worth, the other from Dallas — have been grilling up magic and memories for nearly four times as long our youngest burger judge has been alive. Rarely do we encounter this much burger wisdom in one matchup, so we expected timeless taste. Sadly, only one of these classics delivered.

At Tommy’s, a hand-formed, thick patty was the perfect foundation for the Junkyard burger, which included American and cheddar cheeses, mushrooms, jalapeños and grilled onions. Perched atop all of that were two pieces of bacon that could have used a few more minutes on the grill. Despite its moniker, the Junkyard isn’t messy. Stable and easy to devour, each bite of this burger highlighted another of its stellar ingredients. Unfortunately for Keller’s Drive-in, time seemed to have gotten the better of its No. 5 Special, which came to us with two grayish, thin patties sitting beneath a too-green tomato and messy poppy-seed bun. The barely there American cheese couldn’t save the day. And the tangy special sauce, which added a jump-start, couldn’t get this relic in gear, either. Tommy’s cruises to Round 2 at the top of its game, proving a classic doesn’t have to be boring.

Winner: Tommy’s

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