A Reader Asks the Dining Critic for Burger Advice. Poor Reader.

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The Grape's massive brunch burger
Every once in a while someone mistakes Scott for a food expert and risks ruining dinner by trusting him to answer to a burning question. Got a question about food or restaurants? Send it via Twitter @scottreitz, Facebook @ Cityofate or in the comments.

Tiffany asked by email, quite succinctly, which burger is better in Dallas -- Hopdoddy or The Grape?

Her question is a tough one. It's like asking which makes for a better vacation: a trip to Tuscany or a private cabana on a beach in Belize. You can't take two vacations at once any more than you can eat a burger at two restaurant locations simultaneously, so at any given time you'll have to choose.

You might consider the type of burger experience you're in the mood for, Tiffany. Hopdoddy makes a damn fine burger with house-ground meat, a bun that's freshly baked on site and a system for cooking patties that assures they're always done just as you've ordered them. Of course you'll have to fight for parking in North Dallas, and will be ushered in and out of the restaurant like the cattle you are craving.

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A basic hand-crafted burger from Hopdoddy

Meanwhile, The Grape serves what has been proclaimed as the best burger in the whole state of Texas by Texas Monthly, and the restaurant serves it with a side of class. If you're looking for good wine service and a cloth napkin (which you most definitely will need) The Grape has just the burger for you. Remember though, you'll have to come during brunch service to indulge your burger cravings here -- the object of your affection is only served on weekends.

If you were to judge these burger on their merit alone in terms of price and quality, then Hopdoddy would come out ahead. The place turns out nothing but burgers, hand-crafted top to bottom, and the repetition produces consistency that's hard to come by. At $6 for the basic model, they're cheaper than the Grape, which charges $13.

Location Info

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The Grape

2808 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

6030 Luther Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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16 comments
2013SameAs2012
2013SameAs2012

Another burger post? How in the world does this blog survive? 

Mervis
Mervis

Is Tiffany Deery trying to decide where to work next?  lol

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I wonder if anyone can answer this:  When you buy ground beef at the supermarket, how do you know if it contains that pink slime thingy?  I never want to have that in my meat.

Nictacular
Nictacular

We should do a burger bracket. 

It's cheesy, been done, and generally not very informative...but this one could be different. Showdown is announced a few days prior. Respective owners can come in and defend their burger. Get Snack Perkins in here against that dipshit from Houston who blew up on the Eater guy.

We could sell tickets to some of that action.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Mervis I thought the same thing when "reader" Tiffany asked a question LOL

danielslauren
danielslauren

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Buy your beef directly from the meat counter. Get the butcher to weigh it and wrap it for you. Ask them if they process it there. They'll appreciate it. Then wink at him/her. Hey. Can't hurt. 

58willie
58willie

@Myrna.Minkoff-KatzMost supermarket ground meat is ok, but the big ones do it at central processing centers, which is simply unappealing.  Like Scruffy said, stay away from anything in a tube or, better yet, anything that is preformed.  I prefer to get freshly ground meat at stores where I know they grind meat.  Jimmy's makes their ground beef from chuck, so it's pretty tasty.  Rudolph's also grinds its own HB.  Probably can't go wrong with Whole Foods either, but I don't know if they have an off-premesis processing center or do it on-site.  Jimmy's will also custom grind if you're real nice to Jeff.  

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Most chains of any decent reputation either never have or stopped using it, and even then you're pretty much safe as long as your idea of a good ground meat purchase doesn't involve it being packaged in a tube.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@danielslauren @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

Tom Thumb and Whole Foods have ground beef for me to order. Tom Thumbs often has chuck or brisket sales that make it both tasty and economical.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Now I feel dumb.  I thought Ryan had a cattle ranch or something.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Thanks, guys.  I never knew that about meat in the tube.  I've been buying Nolan Ryan's beef products at Kroger, so I'm hoping he has a pretty high standard.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

I don't know about Nolan's standards. He talked the Rangers into signing Oswalt last season and that turned into a rotten mess

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Remember, Nolan Ryan will sell his name to anyone willing to pay the price. "Are you ever going to fix that crack on your wall"?

What's next? Nolan Ryan reverse mortgages?

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