DALLAS Hanging out at the corner of a not very promising neighborhood shopping center near Love Field is one of the best burger places in the Metroplex.
Blues Burgers gets its name from the black-and-white photos of music legends like Steve Winwood, Freddie King and Robert Plant that line the back wall. Or maybe it’s the live music Friday nights. Or maybe it’s the burgers, which — if you were feeling a bit down — would be a sure and delicious cure for what ails you.
We started our Blues experience with an order of tricked-out tots. Bad pennies ($6.50) are tater tots with strips of jalapeños, wrapped in bacon, deep-fried then topped with cheddar cheese. Not exactly spa food, but good munching if you’re hanging out drinking a couple of beers. The side of ranch dressing was overkill.
The True Blue burger ($10) begins with a house-made coleslaw topped by a heavy-duty, juicy burger patty, cooked to medium as requested, then topped with blue cheese spread, crumbled blue cheese and caramelized onions. The trio of toppings melded well, with the coleslaw taking a back seat to the blue cheese flavor. Arguably the best blue-cheese burger we’ve met. Blues Burgers’ excellent fries are cut shoestring-thin, and are nicely crisp outside but still soft inside.
The HMF burger ($12) is for heat-lovers only. Toppings are a smoky bacon, ghost-pepper cheese, grilled jalapeños, grilled onions and a spicy sauce. The heat level of this burger was just at an intensity that I could manage. One notch higher on the Scoville scale and I would have been in trouble. As it was, I was proud to have met the challenge.
The smokestack burger ($15) is an unusual combo of brisket and burger. The usual 1/2-inch burger is topped with an equal amount of sliced brisket, a slice of cheddar cheese, red onion and the house slaw.
A sweet — not smoky — barbecue sauce is ladled on heavily. It’s a hearty, heavy sandwich, with the brisket flavor dominating the burger. Our side salad was a nice mix of good-looking greens, but the chipotle-lime dressing was too oily.
We came back on a separate occasion to try one of the fried pies ($4).
“It’ll take eight minutes,” the clerk told us. The pies, you see, are fried up fresh to order. Our apple fried pie was a beauty, with a hand-formed crust and dusted with powdered sugar. The crust was so oh-so-tender that it overshadowed the filling. A memorable dessert.
Blues Burgers isn’t a health camp, kids, but it’s definitely worth the drive and the workout afterward.