The Pier 247 Cheeseburger Is Your New Favorite Burger at a Non-Burger Joint

Categories: Burgers

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Nick Rallo
This is not a shrimp cocktail
You're probably not headed to Oak Cliff's new wharf-style seafood eatery for the burger, but you could. You could do it. When your friends order crab cakes or the shrimp and bacon mac and cheese, you could shout "actually, I'm getting the burger," and hand the large menu to the waiter without meeting the waiter's eyes, like you're MI6 cool. You would be fine because the cheeseburger at Pier 247 is a lone wolf of cool.

There's something deeply satisfying about ordering a smoky cheeseburger at a place that does beach seafood. Maybe it comes from the askew tumbles of cool air carrying the fresh ocean shellfish smell with the burger* (*imagined). It also could be from the cheeseburger. Really, there are no places where good cheeseburgers aren't. You're never far from one anymore: They've been dressed up, dressed down, and re-imagined. Good cheeseburgers are found at docks, forests, dams, pet hotels, Canada, Ohio, ski lifts, rocks that look like Presidents, hay bales, wine caves, middle of oceans, and Oak Cliffs.

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Nick Rallo
The oath of perfect medium rare cooking has been broken, but it was still juicy and great.

Pier 247 is going for the "classic bacon cheeseburger" for $10.95. It comes with American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, concentrics of red onion, Creole-spiked mayo on a puffy brioche bun.

Can we talk about the trend of using American cheese? I was ambivalent until I tried the Knife burger. Now, I'd prefer those insanely yellow squares melted on everything that the server brings out. Excuse me, can you melt a slice of American over my water glass?

American cheese made this version at Pier 247 taste more like it did when you were a kid, slapping down those plastic-wrapped slices in between bread. The brioche bun worked, too. Brioche is often too rich or too small for the burger. This one held onto the meat, and was as puffy as a buttered cumulus. Also, the bacon added a stiff breeze of smoke to cut through everything else. The meat (TX raised, says the menu) was well-seasoned and juicy enough that it didn't matter that they broke the pious burger oath: I will bear true medium rare meat cooking, not medium well, when called upon.

Also, a good burger makes you forget about the fries, but don't forget about these. With a shower of malt vinegar, they had just the right deep, potatoy-crunch.

You're never far from a great burger in Dallas. Drop a pin in the map, and you're likely a stone's throw from a good one. Just don't ignore the burger at the non-burger place. Non-burger joint burgers never did anything to you. Be the rebel you were born to be, and don't go for the shrimp cocktail. Definitely do it if you're at Pier 247.



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15 comments
J_A_
J_A_

For some reason that pic of your half eaten burger does not gross me out. So thanks for that

OxbowIncident
OxbowIncident

The Grape is the best non-burger joint burger. For about the same price it ALSO comes with the fries, ..as every burger should. But I haven't tried Knife yet.

NakedTuna
NakedTuna

I ate there once. The oysters were terrible; someone didn't know how to shuck them as each one had bits of shell. There was no offer to refund or discount, simply a "Well, come back and try us again sometime!" 


The other food we got was forgettable. There are plenty of great, chef-driven places in Bishop Arts, that you can avoid gimmicks like Pier 247 and 303 Grill.

crb819
crb819

still trying to find a better burger than the sundown burger. boulevardier and goodfriends are close but no cigar!

monasarus
monasarus

Cute little place. Food wasn't bad when we tried it out. A bit expensive for what it was, but the portions were fairly large. Service, on the other hand, was really terrible. Really, really terrible.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

You review awfully expensive burgers.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Nice photos Nick. Maybe you could help Scott out.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Been underwhelmed with our last 2 visits for lunch to the Pier.  lost our office lunch group for good.  Too many places to eat, to go back for slow inattentive service and lackluster food

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Sharon_Moreanus Its much easier to take a decent photo in an open well lit, even naturally lit by sunlight area at Pier 247 than it is in the dark bars late in the evening that Scott eats at :)

nickrallo
nickrallo

@ScottsMerkin Sorry to hear, Merkin. My burger oath was broken, but other than that we were cared for.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@nickrallo May be a lunch thing, but in a place that size with only patrons sitting indoors both days, there is no excuse for unrefilled drinks, or luke warm food coming out from the back, or the waitress rolling her eyes because you asked for the tartar sauce that should have been on your plate in the first place.  It sucks, because our first 2 visits were outstanding.  We went opening week and then a few weeks later.  But the next two after that back in May were as described

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