Mary Murphy, Contributing Writer
If you’ve lived in Dallas long enough, you’ve probably heard of a burger joint called Twisted Root. I, on the other hand, had not known about it until I visited a Twisted Root in Deep Ellum last week.
A few of my friends and I went to visit DaVerse Lounge, a spoken-word open mic in Deep Ellum. Since we arrived an hour or two before we could go inside, we figured that we should find something to eat.
It just so happened that there was a Twisted Root a few blocks away from where DaVerse was being held. One of my friends told us that it served amazing burgers, so we decided to try it.
She was right — the burgers there were amazing. In addition, the restaurant also serves great sweet potato chips, fried pickles, milkshakes and onion rings.
Twisted Root serves a variety of burgers, including the “Frito Bandito” (a burger topped with Texas chili, guacamole, cheddar cheese and Fritos) and the “Enough Said” (topped with cheddar cheese, homemade bacon-ranch sauce and potato chips).
You can even request to have a buffalo or seasonal game patty, or a black-bean patty if you’re vegetarian.
Unfortunately, everything here is sold separately. Burgers range from $7 to $9, and fries from $2 to $3. Although it may add up quickly, causing your meal to easily cost $11 to $12 dollars, the food is worth it.
When you order, Twisted Root doesn’t give you a number, and you don’t give the cashier your name. Instead, the cashier gives you the name of a famous person. I was Jackie Kennedy while I waited for my order, and one of my friends got to be Beyoncé.
The extraordinary atmosphere of the restaurant itself is just as unusual. Bumper stickers cover the walls, there’s a table made of bottle caps and there are pictures of Ice Cube by the ice.
The people behind the counter were helpful and kind, but there were no busboys. Above the trashcan, there’s a sign reminding customers that Twisted Root isn’t your momma, and you need to clean up after yourself.
Twisted Root also makes sure that you keep the Earth clean — all of the serving plates and takeout containers are biodegradable.
This particular Twisted Root is located in Deep Ellum, but there’s also one in Arlington and another near Southern Methodist University.
Twisted Root is open Sunday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. If you have any questions or would like to look at the menu, check out twistedrootburgerco.com.
Twisted Root Burger Co. / 2615 Commerce St. / Dallas, TX 75226