Who’s your Burger Papa?

Liberty burger (photo by Kevin Hunter Marple)

I know, I know, I know. I’ve been harping on you guys about voting for the Dallas’ best Food and Drinks for the past two weeks. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing me talk about it. Do me a favor and go vote right now because it’s the last day that our survey will be open. It’s Friday anyways, and we know you need a relaxing brain exercise to transition you into the weekend.

Tell us whose burger you most adore. Is it Jack Perkins’ fatty half-pounders or John Tesar’s Farmer burger with a fried duck egg and white Vermont cheese? Maybe you’re a sucker for Stackhouse’s double-loaded burger? Then vote here today. I promise I’ll stop bugging you about it starting…. now.


  • Clark Kent

    – Maple & Motor has to be one of Dallas’ most overrated places. It’s an average burger, that’s it! It was a real let down considering all the constant praises.

    – Tesar is no longer involved with The Commissary and there is nothing special here either.

    – Give Angry Dog it’s due! Best burger and most consistent – excellent each and every visit! Plus, it’s a great bargain!

    – GoodFriend on a recent visit produced a “tasty burger” (said Jules Winfield) but, $10 with no fries is a big strike!

  • Brandon

    Voting in supposed to end the 25th! That is Sunday, right, not “today is the last day”???

  • Vwgirl

    Agree with Clark — Angry Dog is tops but I also enjoy Liberty Burger. Both are enjoyable dining experiences. One doesn’t have to worry that they may break a lame restaurant rule determined by an egomaniac owner who will then go to Facebook and twitter to mock his paying customer!

  • JB

    I’m sorry, but I really like the Grape Burger. I remember when the Burger Wars all started a few years ago and The Grape was named “Best Burger in Texas” by TM. I have since tried Maple & Motor, Twisted Root, GoodFriend, Stackhouse, Wingfields (Again), and several others. And came back to The Grape. Many places offer great varieties of ingredients like eggs, blue cheese, mushrooms, etc. on the burgers like GoodFriend which is fine but I really have to say, for a standard purist Burger, sans the wacky stuff, a Grape burger done rare to medium -rare cannot be beat.

  • Gristle

    Twisted Root? Meh.

    Tried Motor and Maple, and it’s a fine burger, IMO. Nicely charred on the outside (a fun crunch in every bite), and the tator tots make for a great side.

    This week, I finally got to the burger at Dairy-Ette on Ferguson in East Dallas. A real small town diner feel to the place, with what seems like a lot of local, regular folks inside. The burger is substantial and heavy, with a sort of a fast food, nothing too fancy about it appeal. It’s a great burger and the onion rings are some of the best I’ve had in years. Makes for a great lunch.

    That being said, the Angry Dog still makes the best, most instantly recognizable tasting burger in town. Gotta be some sort of killer worstershire in the marinade. It just tastes unique, a burger you save for a special occasion. And the fries are way better than they need to be.

  • WD

    I eat burgers with no bun now and have found that you can really taste the meat more clearly and distinguish the quality of the meat without the masking flavor of the bun. Ive had all those mentioned above and then some. Best beef burger by a mile is Company Cafe. For alt meat, I love the Lamb burger at Eden Cafe.

  • DW

    I eat burgers with no burger now and have found that most of the flavor comes from the condiments and bun, and you don’t even notice the burger is missing.

  • Chris

    No LA Burger? ROBBED.

  • twinwillow

    I rarely eat burgers out but I did enjoy my cheeseburger at Chop House Burger downtown last week. And unlike other places that shall go nameless, nobody’s panties got twisted when I asked for, and got it rare.

  • Julien

    I don’t always eat hamburger, but when I do, I prefer Angry Dog.

  • i have heard the angry dog is amazing, yet to try it. so i had to vote for twisted root. they make a mean one.

  • Carpe Diem

    You said vote for The Commissary but it wasn’t included in your nominations. I do love the Farmer burger though.

  • hEATH

    Angry Dog is #1 for me but also love Lee Harvey’s for a good burger, drink and music

  • Uptown uppie

    I don’t always eat burgers, But when I do, I prefer, Dos Equis.

  • sara

    Snuffers, Jakes, Angry Dog, Hunkys those are the best places for a burger in my opinion.

  • Mariel

    Long Live Liberty, where you have the freedom to build your own burger! #HamburgerHappiness

  • You know we couldn’t give two Shihs if you vote for us or if you don’t.

  • moreforfor

    @Jack Perkins – clearly you do care because you took the time to look at the sidedish blog, read the article and then comment.

  • Randy from Stackhouse texted that we were mentioned together. I came to see it. I promise you we don’t follow these things.

  • Vote for him though. He’s a nice guy.

  • Scagnetti

    I’ve never eaten a burger at the Grape but that shouldn’t stop me from saying it’s the best.

    Not only do they use organic, grass fed beef but the cows are home schooled.

  • Baited N. Switched

    Goodfriend. No question. Pricey, but the best (and it’s not even close).

  • moreforfor

    @jack perkins – and yet you returned again to comment. One finds it hard to believe that you “don’t follow these things.”

  • twinwillow

    I think Jack Perkins is one of the best, if not the best restauranteur in Dallas. Handsome too.

  • Scagnetti

    You people are certainly obsessed with jack Perkins. I’ll bet you guys secretly visit his place and stare at him.

  • Uptown Uppie

    Jack who?

  • Scagnetti

    You know who he is. He’s the first thing on your mind when you read an article about burgers. He owns you.

  • twinwillow

    I absolutely am obsessed with him. I have a shrine to him at The Silver Vault.

  • Scagnetti

    Someone other than me is posting under ‘Scagnetti’

    The last two posts under that name are not mine.

  • (The real) twinwillow

    Thanks for hi-jacking my user name, Jack. Trouble is, a really good restauranteur wouldn’t be so insecure as to hi-jack someone’s user name to make a point. And, I do not think you’re good looking at all! You need to wash your beard sometime. And about your shrine, it was actually in the toilet. Besides, you could be a bit more timely. I closed the Silver Vault 2 years ago to retire.
    I’m sorry I wasn’t there to greet you when you came in with that box of cheeseburgers for me. That was very sweet of you to do that. The nice little old lady who greeted you at the counter ate them despite they’re being too well done for her. She likes them rare as well.

  • (the real) twinwillow

    @ Scagnetti – See above post. It will give you a big hint.

  • Paige Larsen

    I think that Jack Perkins sounds like a moron, he sounds like an idiot…these comments…he needs to be shouted down and ridiculed, at every point. I want this to go on for days so he can be dismissed. Jack Perkins, and there are many like him, who seem to think that blogs and the attendant comment sections are defined by a lack of ethics/ transparency and lawlessness.

    I’m not with that garbage. He is a moron.

    As for Maple and Motor —- Any burger joint that offers “double meat” as an option should not be an option.

  • cbs

    back on topic, can someone please explain the Angry Dog votes? I get the history, but average food at best. Root > AD and Wingfields> than Root + AD. I wish the Grape would actually serve its burger so people could eat it!

  • acrow

    Lee Harvey’s makes a great burger

  • cbs

    also for the record M&M puts out a darn good burger (especially with grilled jalepenos, bacon, and an egg)…plus they finally added diet coke to the fountain (yes it goes with the aforementioned feast..don’t judge).

  • Jim Shortz

    twisted root = most overrated burger in dallas. is there a category for that?

  • Steven F

    My all time faves were Feed Bag and Cactus Jacks but they are history. My current faves are Jakes and Angry Dog.