Burger Smackdown: Deep Ellum Fast Casual Class, Twisted Root Vs. Uncle Uber's

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Here's how it went down. I dropped into Twisted Root at 11:30, refreshed and ready to pummel my arteries with some serious burger action. The line started at the register and reached to the door. I was at the end of it.

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The line did not move. Five minutes later it still hadn't moved. Five minutes later it moved one customer.

I bolted.

Over at Uncle Uber's there was no line. I walked right up to the counter and ordered a double with everything. The nice lady asked if I would like a soda, but I declined because a soda is not a burger. Nine minutes later, according to my super-accurate chrono-brain, my burger arrived.

I don't like thin-pattied burgers because they're never as juicy as they could be because they're always cooked beyond well-done. Uncle Uber's, however, uses some burger voodoo or something because between those patties was enough moisture to change my mind about thin patties forever -- so long as they're properly cooked.

Halfway through I had a nice little plate puddle going. That's when I stopped because despite all this sarcastic self-deprecation I'm actually concerned about myself.

Back at Twisted Root I walked through the door to find the line exactly where it was the last time I was there. This time it was moving a little though, but not very fast, so I grabbed a Budweiser, which is not a burger but for the love of God I was still waiting. When I finally placed the order the lady at the counter carded me, which I thought was sweet. She took my order for a cheeseburger down and handed me a slip of paper that had some movie character I've never heard of on it and a receipt that did not compliment my ass. (I thought she was into me.)

Outside I sipped my Budweiser and waited for 10 or so minutes (again, timed with my chrono-brain.) Then I went inside, afraid that I wouldn't be able to hear them call my fake movie name. My name was finally called at 12:28 p.m. (Used my iPhone for that one.)

I ordered that burger at 12:09 (Receipt.)

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I look into the inter-workings of the Twisted Root burger.

Seeing that I'd waited 20 minutes for a burger, and my Budweiser was now gone, I was hoping that this burger would be a juicy, delicious, monster burger, but it was not. The patty was dry, rubbery and overworked. I ate half and looked at my paper lined tray: no juice. I squeezed it a little, just to make sure: nothing.

Then a fucking bird attacked my table. It was angry at me.

Look, I get it. Twisted Root serves a big hunk of meat on a bun, and the name is recognizable because Guy Fieri came in and jizzed all over the place. But go try Uncle Uber's the next time the line is sucking. It's right down the street and you'll get a better burger experience for just a quarter more.

That beaver burger however... Yeah, I liked that one.


Location Info

Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop

2713 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Twisted Root Burger Co.

2615 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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21 comments
CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

There are now sooooooo many really good burgers in DFW and UU is one of them.  A couple of new, great notables are Ten Bells Tavern and Boulevardier.  Check them out.

olsson_b
olsson_b

UU posting some fake positive comments on here, lame. The place is good but you missed the best part silly! It's not a burger, it's an Uber-ger, doi! The greasiness of the double patty is no-doubt from a decent lean-fat mix and simply cooking them on a greasy-ass griddle in the kitchen. Not rocket science. Griff's, Burger House and other, more old-school burger joints with thin patties have achieved the same (more or less) for 50 years.

 

I think it's a bit unfair to simply chide TR for it's DDD appearance. Call out the other places who've done it too then. It's no doubt that when they first opened, it was pretty damn good. But, like with many places as they expand and are packed with lines to the door, the quality suffers. I'm amazed that they ask you how you'd like it cooked, then proceed to simply cook the living shit out of every burger. Becomes just dry bland

G_David
G_David

Now I feel even more guilty for walking past Uber's every time I walk into Angry Dog.  It's hard to not dance with the one that brung you, but next time I'm a gonna.

monstruss
monstruss

Uncle Ubers is simply amazing, especially compared to shitty-ass Twisted Root

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

Not that you give a shit, but Uber's salads are awesome too. 

philzama
philzama

IMHO Uncle Uber's is hands down offers the freshest and most finely crafted tastes and sensations of cool and crisp and hot and juicy. The guy behind the grill GETS IT! He knows how play a symphony of flavors and textures and the fine ratios between them. He is a master and a hell of nice guy too. Wonderful, people making wonderful food! Try it!

Coleman Chance
Coleman Chance

When i first moved to Dallas, I really liked Twisted Root, but the quality dropped pretty suddenly about four years ago. Uncle Uber's, on the other hand, is a pretty serious contender for BEST BURGER IN DALLLAS. I always get mine with goat cheese and a side of their home-made ranch. For me, it's Uncle Uber's > Off-Site Kitchen > everything else

todd
todd

I go to TR in Richardson fairly frequently and it's excellent.  Burger is always cooked to order (med rare), tastes fresh, toppings and sides are great, no service problems.  I guess the substandard is reserved for the uber hip, below K/H crowd.  

ldnadir
ldnadir

Ubers rocks my world. Everything is fresh and the grill master is always at the top of his game. Next time your in try the grilled ribeye sammich....they grill it to order (as well as everything else). There is NOTHING on their menu at isnt good. And the staff is out of sight! Rock on Uber

jonnyfree
jonnyfree

Uncle Uber's is the place!   The owner is usually on the grill and really cares about what comes outta the kitchen.  Always clean and friendly too!

janamdonohoe
janamdonohoe

Uncle Uber's is not messing around... Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, on their menu is fantastic. And the service i always spot on. Love them!

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

When TR first opened, I thought God himself was making the burgers they were so good. Now, I think the devil is making them.

Brittany Villegas
Brittany Villegas

You talk about Guy Fieri jizzing all over the place as if it's a bad thing.

cdkellerson
cdkellerson

Twisted Root AND Maple & Motor shut down! God, I love this Burger Smackdown. Uber's is no joke. Great service and great food. 

monstruss
monstruss

 @olsson_b Uncle Uber's doesn't need to post fake positive comments on here, unlike a certain burger chain that's on the decline.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

 @olsson_b

 Blow it out your ass.  Brian KNOWS how to cook an awesome burger.  He used to own Uptown Bar and Grill back in the early 2000s when it won best burger in Dallas from Douchebag (D) Magazine.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@Anna_Merlan Something smells in here.

 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @Twinwillow its the curse of DDD, once they show up, for some reason quality goes down. Probably the increase in customers

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

 @scott.reitz Ain't me, son. I'm home writing about atheists. And thinking about the time I had Twisted Root's fried pickles and how sad they made me. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @Twinwillow Pecan Lodge doesnt cook for how ever many visitors may want  to eat.  When they run out, its gone.  Cane rosso cares too much about his business to let it slip and seems to be able to handle the onslaught of new customers.  Most others either cant or wont

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