Burger Smackdown: Deep Ellum Full Service Class, St. Pete's Vs. Angry Dog

BurgerSmackdown-AngryPetes.jpg
I'm perplexed. The first time I had an Angry Dog burger more than a year ago, I was really disappointed. The meat was way over-cooked, the cheese wasn't melted and gooey, and I walked out of the restaurant smelling like a teenager who had just put in a double-shift at McDonald's. I was sure St. Pete's Dancing Marlin was capable of better -- they pummeled Angry Dog in a recent chili dog smackdown -- but the burger I ordered for Burger Week was exactly the same -- tough, dry and rather flavorless.

I became further confused a few minutes later when I ordered a burger cooked the same medium doneness at Angry Dog. I knew as soon as I cut into the burger that the popular Deep Ellum grease pit was going to take the prize, I just wasn't prepared to accept it yet. Facts are facts, though, and my latest experience at Angry Dog produced a tender, juicy patty, compared with a tough, rubbery, dry one back at St. Pete's.

St Pete's Burger.jpg
St Pete's Cheeseburger

Here's what's funny. I asked Pete, who was working the bar that day, where he got his meat and if it came in frozen. He told me the patties came in preformed, but fresh from Winn Meat Co. in Dallas. So I asked the kitchen manager at Angry Dog the same question and wouldn't you know it? I got the exact same answer.

The burgers are practically identical, made with the same patties, topped with similar toppings and housed in a similar bun. The only difference is in the preparation, which depends on who's working the grill on any given day. St. Pete's cooked my burger into oblivion that day, but Angry Dog nailed it.

Angry Dog Burger 2.jpg
The didn't make me Angry (this time) Dog burger

I'd almost give them a tie, but I think kitchen volume is on the side of Angry Dog, which turns out so many burgers they stack plates of prepped buns on the pass during lunch and dinner service. High volume means lots of practice, and lots of practice usually leads to consistency, so I think you're more likely to get a juicy burger there.

I find it a little odd, though, that two restaurants prepare the exact same burger within a ketchup bottle's throw of each other, and one receives unfettered praise from the entire city, while the other remains mostly unsung.


Location Info

Venue

Map

Angry Dog

2726 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

St. Pete's Dancing Marlin

2730 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

My Voice Nation Help
21 comments
Sally Summers
Sally Summers

My mouth is watering at the thought of Angry Dog!

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

I have always had an exceptional burger at St Pete's.  I usually order it medium, sometimes medium-rare, and it is ALWAYS juicy and flavorful.

G_David
G_David

Angry Dog.  Medium rare.  Everything else is fighting over second place.

triptheory
triptheory

There's a reason for the similarity. Pete was once a co-owner of Angry Dog and he probably just retained the same recipe. There's also a bit of bad blood between the two places (I believe his words to me were, you going over there is like shoving white-hot needles in my eyes) and Pete seems to think he can do the same thing better. Hey, maybe he can. Personally, the crowd that goes to Pete's isn't really my thing and I would rather spend my time and money at AD.

Ron Schulz
Ron Schulz

Leave Deep Ellum and go to Maple Motors !

William S. Whittington
William S. Whittington

ZERO discussion needed. It's Angry Dog, hands down, any discussion to the contrary is just St. Pete's owner/staff drumming up business.

dasully54
dasully54

Have never had a bad burger at St Pete's.

Brian Smith
Brian Smith

I can't talk about the burgers, but I've never had good service at St. Pete's

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

I always vote for Angry Dog.  I prefer my burger well done and they always cook mine perfect and still juicy.  I don't like to see blood oozing out of my patty if I cut into it. 

cherokee81
cherokee81

maple and motor is the only burger more over rated than angry dog

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Fresh but preformed, I understand but do not necessarily approve. Performs I 've run across look too dense and too smooth.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

The burger I had at st pete's a few weeks back was juicy and pink just like I ordered.  It made me want to eat a burger there again.  Then I went last week and it just wasnt as great, thin line of pink and not as juicy.  This probably only solidifies your point that consistency is better at Angry Dog, but when St Pete's hits, its out of the park

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

 @primi_timpano I agree. I think it's lazy. Angry Dog was better than St. Pete's for this go around, but I don't think either are good representatives of Dallas' great burgers.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

 @ScottsMerkin Honestly if you like one you should like the other. They're exactly the same. You will likely leave St Pete's smelling a little better though.

G_David
G_David

 @scott.reitz  @ScottsMerkin If they're exactly the same, why the hell did you just waste everybody's time saying that Angry Dog was better this time?  That could only be true if the same person cooked each one.  Then again, you've been wasting everybody's time ever since you got to town.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @scott.reitz I like leaving petes after having the fish n chips, they have a wonderful cocktail sauce that I wish I could jar and take home

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

 @G_David Do you know how to read words? Or do you just bounce from the headlines and indulge all this intelligent commentary?

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...