Liberty Burger is Open and Slammed in North Dallas, and is Already Talking About Expansion

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The Liberty Burger
The wife and I were doing some house-hunting on Saturday morning and, after an unsuccessful showing, our realtor asked whether we wanted to try a new burger place. Being that I edit a blog that's more or less devoted to chronicling every sizzle produced by every patty of wet meat from Waco to the Oklahoma border, I sincerely doubted that this new burger would be new to me.

But it was. I'm slipping. This Meatless Monday shit has me off my game. Wanna know how bad it is? I ate quiche last night. Do you know what quiche is? I don't either, but there was a perceptible lack of cheese-covered ground beef in it. If things keep going in this direction my arteries are going start to worry I'm depressed or something.

Anyway, the new(ish) burger joint: Liberty Burger. It's at the corner of Forest and Inwood, and it was slammed by noon Saturday: No tables, line out the door. The seating system's sort of weird: You get in line, but you can't order if they don't have enough tables. So we had to stand by the cashier and wait for a table to clear before we could order. I took this awkward moment to ask the cashier how business was. He told me they were quickly becoming one of Dallas' best burgers.

We'll see about that, Mouthy Guy Running Cashier.

They offer a bunch of fancy burgers, as you'll see on the menu below. I went with the namesake, as I always do. It's hard to judge a burger with too much shit on it; a burger smothered in bacon and barbecue sauce tastes like wild west whether it's here or at Carl's Jr. But the basic cheeseburger reveals all.

Stories like Scott's Smashburger breakdown make me hesitant to really rate a burger, since he knows more about burgers than any human should really know. But I'll say that found this one solid: Everything around the burger, from bun to veggies to condiments, tasted fresh and lively, and it was presented in perfect balance. The burger itself was pink like I'd asked. It wasn't exactly bursting with flavor, but fast-casual spots with eyes on expansion never seem to have the gall to let the juices flow.

And, yes, while Liberty's only 11 weeks in, its owners, the folks behind Snookie's, are already talking expansion. With lines out the door, I don't imagine it will take long.

Here are some more photos. I didn't get photos of the 97 kids who were running around, but trust me: They were there. In force. Take note.

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The Wild West burger with sweet-potato fries.

Liberty Burger Menu

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Dalguy
Dalguy

Save big bucks and big time and get a drive thru Jumbo Jack.  Also, get a life.

bobp19
bobp19

I'll stick with Adair's. 

cp
cp

No. Aidair's doesn't have bacon. I needs me some bacon!

Wishyouknew
Wishyouknew

think yu could comment without the s word, or are you lacking in the vocabulary area

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

I'll stop swearing when you start using capital letters and punctuation. However, there is one caveat: I won't do that at all. Because people swear. It's a real thing that happens. Those words mean just as much as all the other words. Just because your third-grade teacher told you they were bad doesn't mean they're not real words with real meanings and that they don't convey emotion or some visual or whatever it is words convey.

In related news: I swear too much. Gonna have a kid soon. Gotta stop saying this shit.

Angrywhiteguy
Angrywhiteguy

Real writers don't write like shit or eat shit or say the word shit because it makes them seem edgy.

Grow up and figure out some real words that don't make us gag at your 7th grade vocabulary.

What a shithead.

a writer
a writer

i'm all for freedom of vocabulary, but the use of "shit" to describe burger toppings, or any other edible item, leaves me with a mental image i doubt the reviewer intended to convey. "stuff" works better here, i think.    nice review.    

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

The place is conceived, and financed, to be a chain.  The food is OK and expensive for a burger joint.  It is not a great burger, certainly not worth waiting in line for.  However, OK and expensive  seems to be what people in the Dallas area crave.  And, based on the lines everyday, they may have it upon an expandable concept.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

"The place is conceived, and financed, to be a chain."  Like so many before it

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

What kind of bun is that? It looks weird, like it's crusty or something. Could be really good, just the visual has me concerned they went one of those annoying food-snob-pandering routes instead of a nice, traditional bun that's tasty but doesn't require molars to penetrate.

Looks good, but is it better than Whataburger? Be honest. You can wait 20 minutes for that or have Whataburger in 5...which way do you go?

LB
LB

Brioche style bun.  Buttered and toasted.  Beef blend of tenderloin, chuck and brisket is plenty juicy.Standard burger is $5.00.  Come in the afternoon or after 7:30.

Allie Seago
Allie Seago

C'mon Joe. Tell us more about this bun.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Bun looks like it was put on the flat top for bit..like all good East Texas burger joints do it..not so much down here.  I'll allow it.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Care to rethink that? It doesn't look griddled at all, it looks egg washed or of a different recipe than the typical hamburger bun.

Allie Seago
Allie Seago

That bun looks promising. If the burger were more juicy do you think it would hold up well?

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