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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Goff's - September 30, 2009

This weeks burger quest took us to Southern Methodist University to Goff's Hamburgers. The last time I had eaten at Goff's was when it was still on Lovers Lane and Harvey Gough was running the place. It now has new owners and multiple locations around Dallas but the burgers are still cooked on a grill over charcoal. The menu is posted on the wall next to the cash register and the grill is less than 5 feet away from where you place the order. In the past, ordering at Goff's could be a tricky proposition. You never knew when you would be told you were too fat to order a burger or you to-go drink would be your drink poured into a paper bag and handed to you. Currently the staff at Goff's is much nicer and friendly. I placed my order for a bacon cheddar burger with mayo and onions, fries and a drink. I was given a number, my drink cup and was on my way. Five minutes later, my number was called and I was given a tray with the following burger and fries wrapped in wax paper:

The bun was nicely toasted and burger looked good on the plate. The bacon was five thin slices that almost reminded me of microwavable bacon. The mayo and cheese were on the bottom bun. Taking my first bite, you were hit with the flavor of smoke and fresh grilling but also how cold the mayo and cheese were on the burger. The cheese had no chance at all of melting and was shredded American. We asked for cheddar but I think the only type that is served is American. I would have preferred that the cheese be melted on the patty. The patty was probably a five ounce patty that while on the small side was flavorful and well seasoned. The patty was not very juicy but being cooked over coals usually helps to get rid of any fat. The fries were crispy medium cut fries that were unseasoned. Fortunately every table had salt and pepper on it so that you could give a little flavor to the fries.

Overall Goff's serves a good patty but could have better quality ingredients for the cheese and bacon. The bun was a typical sesame seed bun that held up well to the burgers. If you around SMU and looking for a quick burger fix and can find parking, Goff's is a good alternative.

Ratings (1-25):

Bun - 19, typical sesame seed bun found at many burger places, nicely toasted

Meat - 18, well seasoned patty, bacon was thin and didn't add much to burger

Appearance - - 18, compact burger, looked good on the plate, ingredients never melded together

Taste - 19, burger was well seasoned with a great charcoal taste, American cheese was cold and didn't add anything to the burger

Overall - 74

Bonus Pic of Chili Cheese Burger:

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1 comment:

  1. I had the chili burger, which was good. They don't ask how you want it but did cook mine medium rare upon request. The chili was on top and didn't overpower the burger in size or taste, but did add to the overall beefiness of the smallish patty. The cold cheese underneath the patty really threw me off on this and overcame all the positives. Cook the cheese on the patty (or at least throw in under the chili on top of the patty.)

    I think the overall score is too high. Good fries, good chargrilled burger, but cold cheese??? It ends up just being weird.