Liberty Burger Cuts the Mustard While We Cut in Line

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In her never-ending quest to find cheap, non-lethal lunches, Alice "Cheap Bastard" Laussade ventures as far north as Forest Lane, within spitting distance of the 'burbs. She's a fearless bastard too.

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For months I've heard rumors about Liberty Burger. "You gotta get there early -- the line gets so long." "Best burger in town. I'm telling you." "They. Make. Their. Own. Mustard." "It's all fresh -- they don't freeze that shit." When I arrived at 11:52 a.m., I pulled into the parking lot of Liberty Burger the same time as five other cars full of people. Eye contact was made. We all realized we were headed for the same line. Sonovashit. Engines were immediately killed. Car doors flew open. Even the toddlers were ripping out their earrings like, "Aw hell no! All these people better keep their old-ass hands off my kid's meal. I will cut a bitch."

Two old ladies with Engelbert Humperdinck hair made it through the doors of Liberty Burger ahead of me. Regulars. Loving life, bitching about their grandkids.

Inside Liberty Burger, there's a distinct we-built-this-to-be-a-template-for-a-franchise vibe. And it's totally working. The People of Forest Lane and The Tollway like Liberty Burger. A lot.

The restaurant is sparkly clean inside and every employee is perfectly nice -- I would say that the place lacked personality, but that's not the case. It just has a boring one. Design-wise, this is the Zac Efron of burger restaurants; it's certainly pretty to look at, but there's nothing interesting going on in there. I hoped that the burger would be more kickass than the atmosphere.

I ordered the Chillerno burger, which comes with queso blanco, barbecue sauce and -- for the moment -- flame-roasted Hatch chiles instead of the poblano peppers they usually offer. (Because, I don't know if Central Market told you loudly enough or not, but it's motherboning Hatch chile time, y'all. And for me, that means all Hatch errything. Hatch burger? Absolutely. Hatch chicken nuggets? Sure. Hatch coffee? Sign me up. Hatch Jack and Coke? I'll strongly consider it. Mainly because "Hatch Jack" sounds cool.)

The burger was so covered in queso and barbecue sauce that I couldn't taste anything else. I could see that the burger was cooked pink, as I had ordered it, but it was just completely overpowered by all the sauces. I did enjoy the fries and their Liberty mustard (Mayo, mustard, dill? Angel tears?) quite a bit. It's worth checking out. Just get there early, bring your elbow-throwing game face to get a good spot in the line and take advantage of their "order it any way you want it" menu and order all the sauces on the side.

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Liberty Burger

5211 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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23 comments
bearcamp
bearcamp

I had a chicken-stuffed Hatch chile relleno at Alligator Cafe in Casa Linda last night that left my lips tingling, and tears in my eyes.  Hatch chilies definitely come in different degrees of heat. Central Market usually seperates the hot from the mild.

gabbahey
gabbahey

Thanks for the great feedback, I know now to avoid this place for a few months until the PrestonHollowHype dies down.

 

That said, please review HopDoddy when it opens, I'd really like your take on it. I went to the one in Austin back in June. There was a fucking line from the kitchen (towards the back of the restaurant, all the way to the front door, then the line continued outside and wrapped around the building into the side lot. Fucking insane, people falling over themselves to get into that place. Burger, meh, not any better than any other new up and coming "fresh as you can make it" burger joint, cheese fries were good, beer selection was top notch.

todd
todd

You lost me at Mayo.  Why would you do that to mustard???  Bring back Snookie's please.  Veggie. 

J_A_
J_A_

I'm gonna ask for The Engelbert Humperdinck the next time I'm at the salon

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I'm so disappointed with Hatch chiles.  I never had them so I went out and bought some because of the raving on DO.  They turned out to be exactly like mild Cubanelle peppers.  What gives?

cynicaloldbastard
cynicaloldbastard

How much did your meal cost?  Typically. a specialty burger, fries and beverage will run you close to $15 there.  For a mediocre burger in a chain atmosphere that is a lot of money.

bigjondaniel
bigjondaniel

"we-built-this-to-be-a-template-for-a-franchise vibe."  You mean like a dozen other places that suck in Dallas?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I dont get it, ooh wow some fucking chiles came from hatch, do they grow their chiles in dirt watered with unicorn tears with double rainbows on each end of the garden?

todd
todd

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz The bang to hype ratio on them is way out of whack.  That said, there are different strains of Hatch Chiles and you may have gotten the training wheel version.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz What? Blasphemer! They're Hatch-tastic!

 

Actually, this is the first I've really heard of them as well. Killer marketing, I guess.

 

*shrug*

cheapbastard
cheapbastard

 @cynicaloldbastard The Chillerno is $7. The classic liberty burger is $6. The skinny fries were $2.50. So $10ish, when tax was involved.

 

It was more expensive than other burgers in town, but if you're cheap, you can keep it at $10.

 

But, the value of seeing so many old people run to get in the line was priceless. That area of town will love that place. 

 

My burger money is likely to end up at other places in town, but if I've just finished a laughing-at-the-Jesuit-kids-trying-to-play-a-sport session over there, it's certainly convenient.

cheapbastard
cheapbastard

 @ScottsMerkin *unicorn bacon, not unicorn tears. 

 

And they're delicious. And I like it when a food gets a festival.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @todd I bought them at Kroger's.  Maybe I'll try the Farmer's Market and see.

ptmitch2009
ptmitch2009

@ScottsMerkin Chile grown in the Hatch Valley is like wine made from grapes grown in the Napa Valley or onions grown in Vidallia Gorgia. The specific terrior of the region gives the produce grown there a unique and special flavor. Here's some more info:


http://web.nmsu.edu/~pmitch/?p=15 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@cynicaloldbastard @cheapbastard thanks for the info, doesnt really tell me why they are so special though, except that they are grwon in hatch. Do they have a particular flavor that differs from other chile?

cynicaloldbastard
cynicaloldbastard

 @Twinwillow  @JaniceA Marshall's has/had gotten worse.  At one point they had very good smoked turkey and very good bbq beans.  Then they started just opening the can for the beans and the smoke flavor left the meats.  I won't go to the FB location anymore.   It certainly was never top shelf bbq.

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