100 Favorite Dishes, No. 57: The Burger At Local

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Sara Kerens
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

When I wanted a special occasion meal for my birthday and didn't want to break the bank, I went to Local and ordered a burger. I did this as much for the alliteration as I did for the meal itself. Who can deny "birthday burger" rolls off the tongue.

At $22, the price is steep for an American staple that often runs $2.99, but this is hardly a drive-through burger. Pasture-raised Burgundy beef makes for a flavorful patty and the kitchen's attention to detail assures it arrives just as you ordered it. I get mine juicy and charred black on the outside with a rosy red center. Is it worth 22 bucks?


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No. 100: The Cleaver and Block Burger at NHS Tavern
No. 99: The Bone Marrow at the Meddlesome Moth
No. 98: Arepas at Zaguan Latin Cafe
No. 97: Jalapeno Poppers at City Tavern
No. 96: Elotes: Everywhere
No. 95: Dan-Dan Noodles at Royal China
No. 94: Smoked Ham Mac and Cheese at The Porch
No. 93: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's Oak Cliff
No. 92: Regina Margherita At Cane Rosso
No. 91: Devils On Horseback At The Chesterfield
No. 90: Ginger Soy Baby Back Ribs at Tei Tei Robata
No. 89: Croissants From Rush Patisserie
No. 88: The Reuben At The Cock & Bull
No. 87: The Brisket at Pecan Lodge
No. 86: The Roast Chicken At Bolsa
No. 85: Chicken-Fried Egg at Union Bear
No. 84: Brisket Tacos At Manny's
No. 83: The Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes at Smoke
No. 82: The Oxtail Ragout at Central 214
No. 81: The Italian Beef At Jimmy's
No. 80: Pulled Whole Hog BBQ Eggs Benedict at Smoke
No. 79: Veal Cheeks At Bijoux
No. 78: Sweet Shrimp At Yutaka
No. 77: Pho At Lemongrass
No. 76: Shanghai Buns at Jeng Chi Dumpling House
No. 75: Pepper Bomb At Goodfriend
No. 74:Veracruz Cafe's Sopa de Atlahua
No. 73: Fish and Chips at the Londoner
No. 72: Italian Combo At Carbone's
No. 71: Breakfast Schnitzel At Crossroads Diner
No. 70: Berkshire Pork Belly Buns at Howard Wang's Uptown
No. 69: Bolognese At Princi Italia
No. 68: Cabrito a la Parrilla at El Ranchito
No. 67: Kimchee French Fries At sSahm Food Truck
No. 66: Just About Any Burger At Off Site Kitchen
No. 65: St. Pete's Chili Dog
No. 64: Mesa's Enmoladas
No. 63: Pork and Octopus at Oak
No. 62: Spicy Crispy Wings At Malai
No. 61: Spicy Fish Soup At Korea House
No. 60: Deviled Eggs At R&D Kitchen
No. 59: Falafel At Fadia Bakery
No. 58: Bistec Con Queso At El Tizoncito

Location Info


2936 Elm St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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$22 for a burger? Obviously your bank is bigger than mine.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

The burger is pretentious.  That's why it's my birthday burger. I actually like iceberg when it's good and fresh. It explodes in your mouth with a watery coolness no other lettuce produces.


Totally agree. Bibb, fresh spinach.... something! If there was a layer of mixed greens, then it's pretentious. But, iceberg lettuce? That's a joke.

Nick R.
Nick R.

I think iceberg is one of things that makes this an unpretentious burger, even for the price. It's refined and all that crap, with the taste of a burger you'd make at home. 

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