Stackhouse vs. Goodfriend: A Tale of Two Burger Houses

Categories: Whimsy

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Sara Kerens
My physical is coming up in a few months and I'm trying to get all my burger eating done well ahead on any blood tests that may be on the horizon. For this week's review I checked out Stackhouse on Gaston Avenue, a burger house built literally into a house by Randall Kienast and Ben Spies.

Weeks ago I reviewed Goodfriend and fell in love with the space as much as the burgers themselves, but while both restaurants are self-described burger houses, they're actually very different establishments. Here's a breakdown.

Service: Stackhouse requires customers to order at a counter and find their own seats after handing them a table marker. Goodfriend's hostess boasts and iPad and guides you to wait-staffed seating, sometimes after a considerable wait.

Bar: Goodfriend gives customers a massive horseshoe bar to sit at and swill while they wait for their burgers. It's a great place for an extended drinking session. Stackhouse has four or five bar stools tucked in a back corner. You can order a bucket of beers at Stackhouse, but otherwise you have to get up and down to replenish your glass.

Beer: Goodfriend boasts a major beer menu with rotating features and a full bar. Stackhouse has a small but decent list, and no liquor.

Burger: Stackhouse gives you a 6-ounce patty, and Goodfriend gives you 1/3 pound (5.3 ounces). Stackhouse burgers are called singles. Goodfriend makes you order with kitschy names. Both restaurants cooked their burgers accurately across all my visits.

Outdoor Space: Stackhouse boasts a side porch and roof deck with views of the Dallas skyline, while Goodfriend gives you a massive cedar pergola with a view of a parking lot.

In the end, Stackhouse feels more like a casual joint where you come in for lunch and move on when you're done eating. Goodfriend, in comparison, has a comfortable character that encourages lingering. You can even hit up the beer garden, drink and not eat a burger at all. And that suits me.


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Rich
Rich

Goodfriends would be a great place to drink, if you could actually get a drink. There's more than enough hipster bartenders on each shift, each sporting the required unshaven look or skull cap, but they're more into chatting it up with the tatted-up, overly-pierced wait staff.

I like Stackhouse and Maple & Motor. GF is overpriced and way way way overrated.

Great looking space though.

Feedyerbird
Feedyerbird

Goodfriend gets my vote, hands down any day! I dream about the Pepper Bomb Burger. The chili was awesome too. And those sweet potato waffle fries - hallelujah! I LOVE GOODFRIEND!!

Carmstrng
Carmstrng

We live around the corner from Goodfriend. We waited with great anticipation to have a local walk to burger and beer joint. We drive to Stackhouse. Much better burgers at a better price. If you want a great beer selection and just a place to drink and hang out I guess Goodfriend is nice but Stackhouse just matches us better I guess.

Rjames1119
Rjames1119

I've been to both and the burgers at stackhouse are better and less expensive. I would also rather hang out with my friends on the deck upstairs any day over the parking lot set up at goodfriends. I do like them both, they are just different.

Margie Hubbard
Margie Hubbard

I totallly agree.  The feel of each place is totally different.  Me, I'll take Goodfriend and have my burger at the bar along with multiple drinks.  We love it there!

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Most restaurants worth their salts these days are going to a iPad or similar ordering system, saves on mistakes and allows a faster order to deliver experience..What i'd like to see is a "The Counter"-style restaurant here in Dallas. I ate there when I was in LA, both the burgers and shakes (both regular and adult) kicked some serious ass, not to mention their waitstaff was pretty damn spot-on when it came to our orders.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Do Walmart girls shop at either of these fine establishments?  If so, count me in!  I LOVE the tattered Looney Tune's, tshirt wearin' mama.  AND I like em BIG, Prince Fielder Big.  Babe Ruth Big.  

Gipson
Gipson

We have YourWay Burger in the area, which based on Scruffy's description is the same thing: fill out an order card with a burger of your own design. At YourWay it's counter service, no waitstaff,  and the burgers are okay. A cool idea, and not too expensive, but there are many better options, IMO.

http://yourwayburgers.com/

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

The Counter came and went here. I ate at the location they had in Plano (gasp!) more than once, and it overall was mediocre. The concept was better than the ingredients. And how could the waitstaff not be spot on? They have a form just like Which Wich--hard to screw it up when you fill it out yourself, they just confirmed.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I actually had a pretty decent experience w/ them, even with the wait staff and filling out a check-off sheet. Maybe its the fact it was Los Angeles, near La Brea/LACMA and the NBCUNI/SAG building that make them more professional.

I've found that when national businesses locate in plano, especially in the more wealthy parts of thow, the service quality is meh, both in quality of food and service. Chock that up to both a lack of actual workpool as most of the folks taking jobs there are pretty spolied/smartmouthed not to mention it just being plano lol...

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Im convinced plano is a blackhole of taste..its surburban hell, if that restaurant was any other place than Colin Co, it would be still opened..those are stone cold facts my friend LOL...

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Come on dude, really? If The Counter sucked in Plano it's because The Counter sucked, not because it was in Plano.

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