Chop House Burger is Open on Main Street

Categories: First Look

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Whitney Filloon
​Downtown's newest palace of meat, Chop House Burger, opened quietly on Monday afternoon, exactly one day ahead of schedule. CHB is brought to you by DRG Concepts, the group behind Dallas Chop House and Wild Salsa, and is located in the Kirby Building on Main Street, across from Chase Bank and just a stone's throw from the Chesterfield and City Tavern.

We wandered in at 7:30, and it was packed with couples and families seated around wooden picnic benches.  The interior is clean and simple, a giant diagram of a cow and its various cuts of meat occupying one of the brick walls. Grab a menu or gaze up at the chalkboard and order at the counter and a server will deliver food to your table on a cute metal cafeteria-style tray.  We opted to escape the raucous din inside for a bench on the small patio overlooking Main Street.

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Mmm, cow.
​CHB has a significantly lower price point than most other gourmet burger joints, with burgers ranging from $5.95 for the signature burger with black truffle sauce to $7.95 for one with goat cheese and arugula. There's other non-beef options, too, including a Hulk-green falafel burger with tzatziki, a crispy chicken sandwich with white peppercorn gravy, and an ahi tuna sandwich with wasabi mayo and crispy nori.

French fries are super crispy and nicely salted, and can be doused with truffle oil and Parmesan for a buck extra. Besides the usual soda fountain, there's a small selection of bottled beers and drafts including Modelo and Fireman #4.

There's also a fun selection of milkshakes made from Plano-based Henry's Ice Cream, including PB&J, Nutella and Whopper varieties. We requested an off-menu peanut butter and chocolate concoction and the friendly girl manning the shake machine was happy to oblige.

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Crispy chicken sandwich and truffle fries
​CHB stresses the importance of sourcing local ingredients whenever possible; their beef is all-natural certified Angus from Amarillo, free-range chicken comes from Fran's Fryers in Milford, the brioche buns are from Empire Bakery and even the lettuce is local, hailing from Tassione Farms in Stephenville.

This place is going to be a total madhouse at lunch; things seemed to be running very smoothly for their first night, and if they can maintain the high quality of their food and service it'll be a surefire hit with office workers and downtown residents.

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Whitney Filloon

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Marvin
Marvin

French fries are super crispy and nicely salted, and can be doused with truffle oil and Parmesan for a buck extra.

From http://blogs.dallasobserver.co...

What about truffle oil?

It is an alien substance that should be sent back into outer space. It's not a truffle. Nor is it oil. It is evil, evil, evil shit. -Anthony Bourdain

MJ
MJ

Had the chophouse burger with chili cheese fries.  Both were spectacular.  The buns from Empire Bakery are a nice touch.  My wife had the chicken fried chicken burger with gravy and absolutely loved that as well.  I will have to try the Ahi Tuna on my next stop (advertised as sushi grade).

JBone
JBone

A very nice addition to Main Street! 

Matt Decuir
Matt Decuir

nice. Hopefully they get enough business so they don't start closing at 6 like ALL THE THINGS downtown.

Some Guy Downtown
Some Guy Downtown

Do you live downtown? I do. I can think of all sorts of restaurants and bars within a 5 minute walk of my building that stay open much later than 6:00.

Mike D
Mike D

well it looks promising. not only is it downtown (a plus all by itself) but it looks good.

love the fact they're using Henry's Ice Cream and the fries look good, though of the frozen variety.

Just_The_Facts_69
Just_The_Facts_69

Need to change the name of this blog site to "City of Burgers and Tacos"...

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

"City of Burgers and Tacos" sounds like my version of Heaven...

Ralphy
Ralphy

Downtown Dallas....at night.....families out ?????????

Things are chaning downtown.......

BTW.  Nice review.  Good detail with appropriate level of whimsy detail...other DO food writers take note !

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Is this related to the one in Arlington? If so, good for them.

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

No. Not at all. The one in arlington is owned by Chef Kenny Mills who was the chef at Sullivan's, The Capital Grille a while back. He moved to Arlington, opened his own (tiny) spot. Has nothing to do with this new space. Funny thing (altho probably not funny for Chef Kenny) is that the arlington place will be on Drive-ins, Diners and Dives soon. 

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Thanks for the tip! I need to get over there sooner than later, it seems.

So, there's no issue whit the names being so similar?

El Toro
El Toro

  Chop House is a very common name as is chophouse burger. Bob's Steak & Chop House, Denver Chop House ,The Chophouse, Chophouse and Brewery, DC Chophouse, What a burger's Chophouse burger with cheddar. What do you mean which came first? Chop house burgers existed on hundreds of menus around the country way before Dallas Chop House came around. Seems a blatant attempt to benefit from the other Chop House Burgers hard work and good reviews

jamal
jamal

Kenny Mills was the chef at Dallas Chop House.  So yeah, the Arlington restaurant should have no issue at all with the naming of this restaurant.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

I remember this post; that's what prompted me to ask. 

They could change their name to City of Burgers and Tacos like the dude said below...

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I'm guessing without a copyright on the name..there isn't an issue.  But it smacks of carpetbagging.  Guess all other names for burger joints are taken.  Nic, get your arse over to Arlington and order the Chophouse burger..it's well worth your trip.

L double D, You know Arlington's Chop House Burger has an extra dining room now?  Can't wait to see them on DDD, the Great Earl Campell is on the episode because they use his sausage in their gumbo.

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