Burger House -- the oldest continually operating burger joint in Dallas -- was opened in 1951 on Hillcrest Avenue, just down the street from Southern Methodist University. It remains there to this day.
Its red-white-and-blue sign is iconic in the Big D, and although the restaurant has franchised out to several other locations in Dallas -- and even one in Lubbock -- the burgers have remained as beloved as ever. Our sister paper, the Dallas Observer, awarded Burger House the Best Burger award in its 2007 Best of Dallas® issue, saying of the "classic":
[It's] an institution where son and father and grandfather can bond over a $3.70 double cheeseburger, a basket of the special-seasoning fries (best in town, till death do us part) and a "real" cherry coke.
And now the Dallas favorite is planning on opening a Houston location, complete with original owner Jack Koustobardis's famous "secret salt."
True to its collegiate roots near SMU, the Burger House in Houston will likely open near Rice University. According to a press release, "the company has begun searching locations in the Rice Village/University area and hopes to open the first store in 2012."
But how will Houstonians take to a Dallas import in a city that's already been crowned America's "Best Burger City"? (Side note: Dallas came in at No. 14 on that list.) With homegrown favorites like The Burger Guys, Christian's Tailgate, Hubcap Grill, Little Bitty Burger Barn, Guy's Meat Market and many more, does Houston even need any more burger joints. With news that high-minded burger chain Elevation Burger is opening here soon too (this one at Kirby and Highway 59), is our city reaching a point of abject burger saturation?
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On the other hand, Burger House is beloved by many -- and not just Dallas residents. In 2009, burger connoisseur George Motz named Burger House the top hamburger place in Texas in his book, Hamburger America. And the accolades the chain has racked up for itself in Dallas are impressive.
One thing is certain: While Dallas Observer editor-in-chief Joe Tone was glad to see his hometown favorite -- In-n-Out Burger -- move to Dallas recently, it's Burger House that he prefers in the end. Now that's an endorsement.