This week we traveled west down Mockingbird Lane past Love Field and New Fine Arts to visit Pappy's Old Fashioned Hamburger Company. Pappy's is a no frills diner serving burgers, hot dogs, chicken fried steaks, smothered hamburger steaks, catfish and a variety of sides including cheese fries, fried mushrooms, tator tots and onion rings. Needless to say your local cardiologist would not approve of the menu gave us hope we were about to try a great burger. Arriving around 12:30, we stood in a line of about 15 people to order our burger and a few minutes later we made it to the register where I ordered a bacon cheeseburger with grilled onions and mayonnaise and a side of cheese fries. The kitchen was directly behind the register and you could see the patties cooking on the flattop. One thing we noticed was that partially cooked patties were taken out of a container and then finished on the flattop under a sheet tray. We thought this was a little strange but we got out drinks and sat down to wait for our orders. About seven minutes later, my name was called and I picked up the following burger:
The bun was nicely toasted and the mayonnaise was only placed on the bottom bun. Two strips of bacon were placed on the bottom bun as well and the patty with melted shredded cheddar cheese was placed on top of the bacon. Grilled onions were missing on my burger but they looked good on other burgers at the table. I took my first bite and was met with the taste of cold bacon and a flavorless patty. You could taste that the patty had been reheated as we had feared while placing our order. The bun was crispy and had a good flavor and held up well to the half pound patty. Bacon appeared to have been cooked early in the morning but had an ok flavor in every bite. French fries were skin on medium sized fries that were slightly crispy but could have used a little more time in the fryer before serving to crisp them up.
Overall, Pappy's was an intriguing restaurant with its 1950's decor and menu consisting of all the right diner foods but unfortunately the burger was lacking in taste and execution. Some seasoning on the patty and cooking the patty to order would have helped improve the overall burger. I might go back in the future to try the chicken fried steak but unfortunately I will staying away from the burger.
Bun - 19, nicely toasted bun, good flavor, slight sheen from butter on the bun
Meat - 15, reheated patties, no seasoning, cold bacon
Appearance - 17, gooey melted cheese, fresh ingredients, toasted bun
Taste - 15, bland burger that lacked seasoning
Overall - 66
Bonus Pics of Cheese Fries and Burger with Grilled Onions:
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