Keller's Make Top 10 Burgers in the Nation

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Scott Reitz
Because burgers are the anchor of three-day weekends, on Friday CNN (via Eataocracy) posted the Top 10 Burgers Around the Country, courtesy of food writer and eater of-many-burgers Josh Ozersky.

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Burger Smackdown: Dairy-ette vs. Kellers

The list includes several from his hometown, New York City, including the "best hamburger in America" at the Brindle Room in the East Village. Ozersky is an unapologetic "homerist," as he admits on this rant, and his preferred style seems to sway heavily toward old-school burgers, which probably explains why the venerable Keller's Drive-In is on the list.

"The quintessential old-school drive-in restaurant, Keller's serves a thin, flat, wonderfully flavorful patty on a poppy seed white bun. I'm not sure why it's so good, if the truth be told, maybe there is some MSG in there somewhere? Don't say it's the atmosphere, though. This burger would be a great in a Trailways bus bathroom."

"I'm not sure why it's so good" + MSG + Trailways bus bathroom = Who's hungry?

Maybe not the most complimentary paragraph penned about Keller's, but we get the point.

And just to clarify Ozersky's flippant suggestion that Keller's uses MSG, no they don't. I called and talked to them this morning.

According to Ozersky, the four pillars of a good burger are that it's cooked on a griddle, salted, consists of 4 ounces of meat and is served on a "squishy bun." In addition to that, the burger must be able to stand up to its hype.

With battles regularly playing out in the mean burger streets of Dallas, the old-school spot might be overshadowed at times. But their $2.55 cheeseburger has a steadfast following of loyal, laid-back fans who appreciate the fact that sometimes less is more. That's why not much has changed there in more than six decades.


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gabe48
gabe48

Love the poppy seed bun at Kellers, and hickory sauce.  Lots of fun to go in a convertible.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

Nothing wrong with the HH location. I used to lunch there a lot while working in the area. Great burger.

joeat
joeat

@NewsDog you are absolutely correct and I didn't catch that.  I was referring strictly to the NWH location.  I actually forgot they even had a HH spot.  

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I absolutely LOVE Kellers!


ps-Spent the whole weekend at The Westin/Frisco, at the request of the wife.......a whole weekend of shopping, and yuppie fun-yay!  But I did eat at Odom's-yum. Also, tried Steak and Lube, and man o' man that place sucks.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Keller's (NW Hwy.) serves the best drive-in burger in the USA!

NewsDog
NewsDog

Your location info refers to the one on Harry Hines?  Blaspheme!! The one on NW Hwy always.  

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Well deserved recognition. Keller's is up there with Off Site Kitchen.

joeat
joeat

Keller's #5, tater tots and a cold beer makes for a mighty fine meal, to say nothing about the floor show that goes with it!

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

Keller's belongs on any fine dining list. I've heard that when old man Keller passes, so goes the privilege of enjoying a beer with your burger from a parked vehicle. the city cannot let this happen!

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Johnny Bananas 


Why?  Because, they don't have a unisex bathroom, thumping new age yuppie beats and a cool patio for you and yer "brah's"?  This place (Kellers) is for guys that like sitting on the bed of a pickup and havin' a nice cold beara after work......like people have been doing here for LONG time.  Move to California?

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@primi_timpano I don't know if Keller's can be compared with OSK. And I do love OSK. But, it is what it is. And what the folks at Keller's do, they do better than any other drive in hamburger joint I know of.

Johnny Bananas
Johnny Bananas

@kergo1spaceship @Johnny Bananas fuck you dude. what makes you think i need yuppie beats and a cool patio for my brahs? fuck you dude! lets get something straight ive been to the kellers on harry hines dozens and dozens of times. ive been to the one on northwest a few times. its a great place to grab a beer with your buddies but c'mon now top 10 burgers in the country. thats insane. i wouldnt rate kellers top ten in the metroplex.

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