Clare Myers, Staff Writer
I have many vegetarian friends, and I have always respected their choice, but sometimes, you just need a burger.
College students understand this. It’s why Whataburger trips are made at 2 a.m. the night before an exam. It’s why In-N-Out created “animal style.” But sometimes, you just need something of a little higher quality than a greasy patty from the McDonald’s just off Carl Road.
With that in mind, I decided to put Twisted Root Burger Company, a Dallas-based burger joint, to the test. Twisted Root has several restaurants in the DFW area, but I visited the Deep Ellum location.
Walking into the casual sit-down eatery, I immediately felt the laidback vibe. Customers lined up at the counter to place their orders, and a cheeky cashier gave us celebrity name cards. When my burger was ready, the kitchen staff called out “Shirley Temple!” (A friend was Megan Fox.)
The wooden tables and high tops scattered around the place were about half full, but our orders did not take long to come out. As we waited, we checked out a row of glass barrels on the counter that held an array of homemade pickles. We tried a sweet, garlicky flavor and a jalapeño variation with some serious heat before agreeing that the classic bread and butter pickles were the best.
Although trying the different kinds of pickles was entertaining, we had come to Twisted Root for the burgers. I had heard good things about this place, and it lived up to the hype.
You can certainly have a standard cheeseburger at Twisted Root, but they prefer to mix it up a bit. There is a build-your-own option, and you can choose beef, turkey or vegan burgers. More adventurous types can substitute game meat for an extra $4. We took our selections to the outdoor tables and climbed the staircase up to a few tables on a small shaded rooftop.
I tried “The Lost Mexican,” ($7.69) a juicy burger smothered in Danish Blue Cheese and jalapeños. It was packed with flavor and so filling that I couldn’t finish the side of slightly better-than-average steak fries.
My friend raved about her choice, “The Spicy Goat,” ($7.99) which was topped with house chipotle sauce, goat cheese and bacon. It was a messy pile of goodness, but so large she struggled to finish it.
Twisted Root offers a limited selection of sides, aptly called “Fried Stuff.” We ordered the “Quincy’s Fried Pickles” ($2.99). There was too much batter for me to enjoy them, but my friend did. We both agreed that the unfried version was better.
The chain serves root beer floats ($3.99) made from their own brand of root beer as well as a variety of hand-spun custard shakes ($4.99), including adult versions with alcohol added ($7.99). We were much too full for another taste test, but considering the trip was a very good experience, I plan on coming back to try them.