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Chupacabra sightings at Rodeo Goat Fort Worth are coming to an end. By the time you read this, they may have stopped completely.
But like any good urban myth, the Chupacabra isn’t gone for good from the Goat, which was the champion in DFW.com’s 2013 Battle of the Burgers.
In this case, the Chupacabra isn’t the goat-blood-sucking legend that looks like a cross between a horned toad and an angry Steven Spielberg extraterrestrial; it’s a burger that has been knocking out all comers in Rodeo Goat’s internal “Battle of the Burger,” which pits one new creation against another.
“This is a burger that we knew was going to sell well,” says Landon Amis, general manager of Rodeo Goat. “It’s got Hatch chiles on it, and we released it in the heat of Hatch chile season. Every time we do those battles, we’re always trying to beat the next burger. We all knew that the Chupacabra would be very difficult to beat.”
The burger also included fried jalapeños, smoked lime aioli, queso asadero and guacamole, all adorning a beef-chorizo patty. Its mythical powers included a patty that held together despite the chorizo giving it a softer texture, and a combination of spicy ingredients that complemented one another rather than canceling each other out or blowing out your palate.
“Any time we do something with a Mexican infusion of flavors, it does very well,” Amis says. “For the time that [the Chupacabra] was here, it was our No. 1 seller, outselling the Caca Oaxaca.”
Amis says the Chupacabra has been winning burger battles for about 10 weeks, knocking out five or six contenders. “It’s basically being retired,” Amis says. “But maybe this little mythological creature will reappear down the road.”
One of the reasons it’s retiring is because the Goat is coming to the end of this year’s Hatch chile supply. But Amis says that if you ask for a close approximation, you can get one. “If someone came in here and really loved that burger, and said, ‘Can you do something like the Chupacabra for me,’ we can work it out,” Amis says. “The only thing is, the Hatch won’t be here.”
In other mythical sightings, the Dallas Rodeo Goat is coming into view. It should open by late November, says Shannon Wynne, owner of 8.0 Management, the parent company of Rodeo Goat.
“It shoulda been at the end of August, so I think it’s gonna [hold],” Wynne says with a chuckle. “At this point, it depends on rain. They’re just finishing the foundation and they’ll start going up with the walls this week if the rain isn’t too bad.”