A Letter to the Burger at Stock & Barrel

Categories: Burgers

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Nick Rallo
I'll be hoping this letter finds you, and finds you well.
Dear burger,

If you're reading this, you are smart enough to realize what you are. You're special. You're a giant. If you've come this far, maybe you're willing to go a little farther. It's a tough road ahead in Dallas. There are a lot of great burgers here, many of them under $10. You'll have to stretch your legs, work out the kinks, and get in the fight. But I believe in you. You're an instant classic.

There was a flash of rain last night in Oak Cliff -- a crisp, full rainbow soared over Dallas -- and it left us running through the doors at Stock and Barrel with a wimpy umbrella. I sat at the counter, watching the kitchen's measured movements. Geometric medallions of meatloaf seared on the grill. The Lady Friend and I got crab fritters, thumb-sized pops of fried crab that were so light they caused anti-gravity, and the best charred artichoke I've ever had. The grilled flavor meeting the salt of the Parmesan and the mayo dip was out of this world.

We ordered you too, burger. We ordered you with Yukon fries (which are smashed potatoes, but that's neither here nor there. Let's focus on you). I don't know where you've been all my life, but I was in love with you the first time I saw you bathing quickly under the heat lamp.

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Nick Rallo
See how it's better with music, burger?

I must have reacted palpably, somehow, because the Lady Friend asked, "Whoa -- you OK?" "No. Yeah, I'm fine. I'm fine." You wore a pickle on your head, under a bun as high as a mountain. I think it'd be right if you arrived at tables with an explosive burst of classical music. Maybe Yo-Yo Ma. You deserve Yo-Yo Ma.

It's true you're 14 bucks. That's an insurmountable obstacle. But you're brisket. You're a burger. Be brisket and be proud of your huge flavor. Be proud of the way the cheddar, thin and sharp enough to cut the plate in half, had that perfect melt, and the way the juices and onion worked with the tomato jam. You're like a great cookout burger, with more fastidious love. There's even that really happy lettuce slice on there. Also, juices. There were so many juices.

I'm sorry if I'm being too forward or intense, I just care. I'll keep an eye out for you, as the hunger grows, and ready it when the time comes. When I think of the best cheeseburger in Dallas, I'll think of you. Remember, burger, a good cheeseburger is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good burger ever really dies. It's in the damn blood now. I will be hoping this letter finds you, and finds you well.


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14 comments
cyrrndr
cyrrndr

14 bucks for a burger? No freaking way

Steeve
Steeve

Smaller bun, lettuce should be shredded, meat should not be so thick. 

Lettertotheeditor
Lettertotheeditor

Yet another blog posted formed as "a letter to..." Do these people get paid to write this stuff?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Meh. Misproportioned. Go to a Mexican food restaurant and order a burger. You will be pleasantly surprised.

J_A_
J_A_

Listening to that Yo Yo Ma clip makes me want to cry tears of delight into that juicy ass burger

MattL11
MattL11

I pressed play on the thing, but all I heard were sirens. (If you get that reference, well done.)


That is one nice looking burger.  

ginger_beard
ginger_beard

I also had Stock & Barrel's burger for the first time last night -- I was a little before you, with the 5:30p dinner crowd to catch a 7:15 movie.


Of my many thoughts, one was that Nick needs to write something about this amazing burger creation and I was going to be really weird about it when I see you tomorrow. Glad you were ahead of me. That burger is wonderful.

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

I think I need some napkins for your er... "juicy" prose.

J_A_
J_A_

Sock? Hand towel?

ginger_beard
ginger_beard

@ScottsMerkin @ginger_beard Haha... no comment. I enjoyed my burger with a tulip glass of Franconia's Dunkel, and the combination was lovely. The Big German (the beer-making one) makes delicious beer, and I fully support him and his small business.

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