Eats Beat: Too many burgers in Fort Worth’s West 7th district?

Posted 10:51am on Friday, May. 23, 2014

This may get me thrown off the Battle of the Burgers team.

But I am beginning to think West 7th Street may be overburgered.

A new Bottlecap Alley Icehouse Grill burger shop opened about a month ago on Foch Street a half-block south of Seventh.

From the front patio, you can see Brewsters Burger Bar draft house ( peanut-butter burgers) and Chimy’s Bar & Grill (green chile burgers).

You can practically smell nearby Fred’s Texas Cafe, Rodeo Goat Ice House, the Pour House and an In-N-Out Burger. It’s another block to Bar Louie, Lucky Strike, Wendy’s and a Kona Grill.

Even tony AF+B and Bite City Grill have $15 burger platters.

Honestly, did someone really think Seventh Street needed another burger?

Nothing against Bottlecap Alley. It serves one of the area’s best suburban burgers at locations in Grapevine, Keller and Southlake.

A visit this week produced a reliable burger and fries, with a side of Fritos and BCA’s meaty chili.

A big BCA draw: a 2-for-1 special Tuesday nights, knocking the price down to 2-for-about-$4-or-$5 (plus two drink purchases). Some 2-for-1 coupons are out for other nights.

But newcomers in this burger-crazed neighborhood should be mindful that Fred’s has been around 35 years, and Rodeo Goat was the area’s burger rookie of the year last year.

Bottlecap Alley is open for lunch and dinner daily; 843 Foch St. (say it fowsh), 817-887-9394,

(The neighborhood’s secret find: American Wagyu beef burgers from East Texas’ Strube Ranch herd, a $13 platter with fries on the Café Modern lunch and brunch menu: 3200 Darnell St.,

Cool your grills

FYI, the Battle of the Burgers bracket competition is a biennial event.

The next gut-check is slated for next summer, but email nominations to

Feeding the pie habit

Big pie news from Dallas: Emporium Pies is now open Mondays.

Memorial Day is the first Monday for Emporium, a tiny shop in the Bishop Arts District worth the drive for distinctive pies, such as the bourbon-pecan in a shortbread crust, or the French silk chocolate with a pretzel crust.

For spring, there’s a lemon chiffon pie on a gingersnap crust.

Emporium is open daily from 11 a.m. at 314 N. Bishop Ave., about two miles off Interstate 30 west of Beckley Avenue; 469-206-6126,

Barbecue false alarm

There was a big stir this week when Lockhart’s famous Kreuz Market posted a website link listing its Dallas cousin, Lockhart Smokehouse, as located in “Dallas — Plano — Fort Worth.”

Lockhart’s Jill Bergus, a granddaughter of the Kreuz founders, said that was simply a mistake. (But it was fun while it lasted.)

Bud Kennedy’s column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in 817-390-7538 Twitter: @EatsBeat Get alerts at Facebook: Bud Kennedy’s Eats Beat

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