Twisted Root Burger Co. – Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX
I’m a fairly simple person with a very simple palate. My Rob, on the other hand, loves food and he loves gourmet meals and new and off the wall things to try. I’ll take a burger over escargot absolutely any day. That’s not to say I won’t get creative with my burgers, I mean, have you had one with peanut butter, jalapenos and bacon? It’s to freaking die for. But when some strange food item comes out to our table made of an organ I don’t understand the use of in a creature I’m going to shy away.
So after having spent not one but TWO days at Six Flags Over Texas in the past week our group was tired and a little bit fussy. After hitting up the town and running around a bit it came time to grab some lunch and, me being Celiac, we weren’t quite sure where to eat. Basically I cannot have gluten. Avoiding gluten is not a fad for me and I don’t eschew because I think it makes me look cool. In truth, after about four years of this junk I just want a decent piece of cake, people.
A little bit of Googling on our phones and Rob and I found the gluten free friendly Twisted Root Burger Co. in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas. We were a few minute drive away in downtown and we hit up this happening lunch spot on a Saturday after spending $5 on parking. Egads!
Though the majority of diners were your everyday sort of people, within moments of walking into the establishment my outspoken nephew said very loudly, and very plainly “hipsters.” There was no judgement, being from a small down in Oklahoma he doesn’t see many hip people and he was quite interested in the few who were working and dining. As a kid who walks to the beat of their own drummer he likes anybody who is different from his small town norm.
The look of the place is fun and quite interesting and as a larger group we quickly snagged a big table and looked the menus over trying to decide what we wanted for lunch. It took some time as our eyes kept wandering to the interesting things hanging on the walls and the odd bits of quirk here and there.
Our family had already dubbed this particular establishment a success as far as lunch goes and we hadn’t even figured out what we were going to order, yet. Behold the power of kitsch in our family.
The prices were quite reasonable and we were excited about the wide variety of options. They featured burger salads, which one of my nephews decided to take on and besides a very good beef patty they also have buffalo burgers plus one exotic meat each day. That day we could have eaten up kangaroo burgers out of the potential venison, elk, lamb, ostrich, boar, gator, rabbit, camel (yes, camel!), duck beaver, kangaroo and emu. They also feature a handmade veggie burger if that list just put you off a regular ol’ meat burger.
Up at the counter we ordered our meals. Not wanting to beat a dead horse, here, but at the counter I mentioned that I cannot have gluten due to health reasons and I was given informed options about what I could and could not have. It turns out, I could have a gluten free bun fresh made by the restaurant daily. Nifty!
Twisted Root Burger Co. offers amazing fries and chips, all homemade, including sweet potato chips with peanut butter dipping sauce and, though it may sound odd, is totally to die for. The tables set with a variety of sauces we were able to amp up our interesting burgers with interesting condiments.
I personally fell in love with the Twisted Homemade horseradish dijon and made sure I had ample in my to go box with the other half of my burger for later.
Having finally ordered we all tucked into our food while my mom and I tried the special watermelon sweet tea, which we found interesting and my older nephew went after their homemade butter pecan root beer, which I absolutely loved after finishing up my tea.
After lunch our bellies were quite full and we had every intention of getting the $5 out of our parking spot. Not having room for any more some of us were disappointed we didn’t get to try their homemade custard milkshakes but with heavy bellies and scorching heat on the sidewalks of Deep Ellum we all decided to pass.
I can tell you with absolutely certainty, we’ll be back to give that custard a go. Though we have some picky eaters everybody loved their gourmet burgers. The price was right, the location fun to visit and the staff amazingly helpful and congenial.
If you’re looking for a good, simple meal at a good price while visiting Deep Ellum in Dallas, TX we can’t recommend Twisted Root Burger Co. enough which has deservedly gotten our first FIVE star rating here at Sightsee Texas!