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Johnny Bs vs. Dutchs
(4) Johnny Bs, 2704 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake vs. (2) Dutchs, 3009 S. University Drive, Fort Worth
At first bite, Johnny Bs and Dutchs might not seem to have much in common. Ones a Southlake flat-patty master. The other specializes in Fort Worth gourmet gut-busters.
But look beneath the buns sweet sourdough at both places and youll find delicious similarities. Johnny Bs and Dutchs are proudly independent burger-and-shake shops that have distinguished themselves among a murderers row of chains and burger titans. Both are true to their schools, too. Johnny Bs bleeds Southlake Carroll green; Dutchs honors legendary TCU coach Dutch Meyer. And, lucky for us, both were in top form when we judged this epic Mustard Region final.
At Johnny Bs, the meat on our bacon double cheeseburger was seared beautifully, glistening like a swimsuit model. The American cheese was so artfully melted youd swear Michelangelo was back there flipping burgers. Tightly constructed with white paper partially wrapped around the delicious sweet bun, Johnny Bs burger delivered a symphony of flavors with each bite salt from the meat and cheese, smoke from the bacon and jalapeños, and a cool breeze from the ripe tomato and smear of Thousand Island dressing. A flat-patty burger cannot be executed much better than this.
But at Dutchs, they do burgers big, rich and luscious. Our half-pound hickory BBQ & bacon burger was steak-quality, and cooked with just the right amount of pink inside. Honestly, if we had just eaten the beef and the pillowy bun wed have gone home happy. But a sweet hickory sauce crashed the party, drowning the savory flavors of beef, bacon and jalapeños and overwhelming an otherwise terrific burger. A partially melted piece of American cheese was our only other quibble, but when compared to the melted masterpiece at Johnny Bs it was an unforgivable sin.
We also tried chili cheeseburgers at both spots and found similar results: the beef on Dutchs was impeccable, but the complete bite was less memorable than Johnny Bs Dragon Burger, with its three patties, tangy chili that complimented the beef, and a triple-shot of that heavenly cheese.
Winner: Johnny Bs