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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Burger House (Hillcrest) - December 14, 2009

On Monday, we trekked again to Hillcrest Avenue across from the SMU campus to try the burgers prepared by Burger House. Burger House has been open since 1951 and have a reputation of making a great burger and seasoned fries. Parking can be hit or miss in the Snider Plaza are but we were able to get close to the restaurant even at noon. The restaurant was doing a good business at the order window just inside the doors. While you are ordering you can see the meat and onions grilling on the flattop and the smell is wonderful. I ordered a bacon double cheeseburger with mayo and grilled onions and a side of fries and they took my name and I went outside to the patio to enjoy the nice 72 degree day. About five minutes later, they called me name and I brought the following burger out to the table:

The patties were stacked on top of each other with a layer of American cheese between them and on top of the upper patty. Two thin slices of bacon were under a generous mound of diced onions that had been grilled and the bun had been lightly toasted. Taking a bite, the flavors of melted cheese, grilled onions and Jack's secret seasoning were a good combination. The hamburger patties were two thin patties cooked well done when you order and then dusted with seasoning salt before putting on the bun. The bacon was slightly disappointing. It was two very thin slices that had been cooked on the flattop but they didn't get crispy. The fries are some of the best that I have had so far. They are thin shoestring potatoes which are cooked crispy and then dusted in the seasoning salt.

Overall, I thought Burger House made a good burger especially for a fast food style burger. The meat was fresh and tasty but it wasn't an incredibly memorable burger; however, I will visit Burger House again especially for the fries and grilled onions.

Ratings (1-25):

Bun - 19, lightly toasted bun, good flavor

Meat - 18, fresh meat, seasoned nicely with secret salt blend, bacon was average

Appearance - 20, nice appearance of melted cheese, onions and patty

Taste - 19, great grilled onions, seasoning salt has a good flavor, juicy patty

Overall - 76
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  1. Burger House is a park cities icon (can a thing be an icon? where's my thesaurus?) and i have fond memories of scrunching in the original dining area before the outer & back areas were there. The patties are thin style, similar to jake's or keller's. While I love a good, thick, bloody burger, there's a special place in my heart for the thin, heavily cheesed (double/double), well-seasoned burger (and those fries.) All I can say is OM NOM NOM.