I think the burger gods have ascended upon Dallas because I had a burger....OKAY, OKAY I will start at the beginning and not jump to the yummy stuff first! So, last week while in Dallas I had a really long day and was not in the mood for a long evening of dining and cocktails; mark your calendar because those words hardly ever come out of my mouth :-). What's a girl to do you ask??? I decide to FINALLY try this gourmet burger dive (gourmet dive... isn't that an oxymoron or something) that several of my friends have raved about for years.
The place is Twisted Root and they not only came highly recommended, but have accolades out the wazoo: Best Burger Joint in America by Burger Business 2009, Reader's Choice Award "Best Burger" Dallas Observer, Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and the list goes on. It is the brain child of chef's Jason Boso, Steve Thompson, and Quincy Hart. Three chef's that were sick of eating frozen, tiny, under seasoned meat. So, they opened a burger spot that serves gourmet meats they actually grind themselves. Condiments are house-made; including ancho-chipotle ketchup, pickles and horseradish mustard (can you say YUM). Now that we have those details covered, let's get to the star of this story - The Burger.
As I walk through the doors of Twisted Root in Deep Elum (area in Dallas), I hear over the intercom,"Courtney Love your music sucks and your order is ready!". What the hell! Is she really here or is this place that TWISTED??? I was not sure of either at this point; but your girl (yes I sometimes talk about myself in the third person) lives for this type of stuff :-). So, I lean forward and ask the guy in front of me, "what's up with the whole Courtney Love thing"? He explains that once you place your order they give you the name of a musician, movie star, or song. Did I already say I live for this type of stuff? As I moved up in the line it was hard for me to think about food anymore; all that was consuming my thoughts was please, please, please let MC Hammer or Janet Jackson still be available (I can do a mean Janet and Hammer). As luck would have it, MC Hammer went to someone 4 spots ahead of me. So, I told the guy at the register to pick someone for me. He chose the song Sweet Caroline. I was cool with it, because with her "Good times never seemed so good."
Well I had to have one cocktail for Sweet Caroline
Speaking of good, my food was AWESOME...sorry I keep jumping ahead!!! Well, I was torn between doing one of their favorites (which is clearly what they suggest), building my own burger, or just going all the way out the box with their burger of the month (PB & J with bacon burger). I finally landed on a house favorite, The Spicy Goat, which has spicy Chipotle sauce, goat cheese, and bacon. For my sides I opted for the onion strings because the Fried Ride was too big; it includes onion strings, sweet potato fries, fried green tomatoes, fried green beans, and straight cut fries. As I awaited my order, it was only right that I sample their homemade pickles which are on the counter for everyone to try. You can try Bourbon Bread and Butter Pickles, Spicy Pickles and regular Pickles. All three were quite tasty, and definitely got me prepared for my burger. About ten minutes later, they sang Sweet Caroline to let me know my order was ready.
Before I could dig into my meal the guy next to me insisted I taste his sweet potato fries. He was totally trying to make me have food envy; and it worked! Those were some of the best sweet potato fries I've ever tasted - with a perfect blend of spicy and sweet seasoning (yes I will be ordering them next time). My onion strings were pretty good, but having to follow the sweet potato fries is a hard job for another potato, so imagine what the onion would have had to do! The burger however left them all in the dust....man that was a nice hunk of beef (yes people I am still talking about my meal). Again the flavors were perfectly blended, which left my taste buds screaming "and she scores".
Now back to what I was trying to say at the beginning, I think the burger gods have ascended upon Dallas because I had a burger that was out of this world and it came from "Twisted Root". Now if they could only get the burger gods to talk with the football god’s in The Big D....sorry I digress:-). Twisted Root has a great product and I can't wait to try some of their other exotic meats; YES PEOPLE I AM STILL TALKING ABOUT FOOD...lol.
~Urban Swank, Felice "Swanky Girl" Sloan