Where: Uptown Dallas
You know the feeling of really enjoying a meal while you’re eating it, and then a couple days later you look back with not-so-fond memories?
That’s what happened with Ketchup and me. I probably made the mistake of ordering the manliest item on the menu—The Roadhouse burger. A giant burger with heaping amounts of gruyere, smoked bacon, onion rings, garlic mayo and tomato on a baked Brioche bun. Ok, might sound good to you now…but it was loaded with fat and I only have memories of nausea afterwards. That icky feeling of being way too full after a meal.
We ordered the fry trio with their house fries, sweet potato fries and white truffle parmesan fries. We were given a little basket with the three types of fries dumped in. Ok, I don’t know if I’m spoiled from awesome restaurants, but this restaurant looked trendy and fun enough to at least give a better presentation than that. I expected a cool dish to come out and really enhance the fact that they have so many types of fries to choose from. Our favorite was the sweet potato. The white truffle parmesan fries were good, but they didn’t live up to my expectations. The parmesan fell off at every bite, so you hardly even got tastes of parmesan.
The other burgers we tried were the Ketchup burger and the Memphis BBQ burger. Both were just alright. Everyone agreed the food wasn’t as good as it should’ve been. When I had my first bites of my Roadhouse burger, I was pleased with the consistency of the patty. It was nice and juicy, but it ended up making me feel sick later that evening.
The inside was trendy and modern, with plenty of TV screens on the walls and a bar at the front entrance. It almost seemed like a copy of Village Burger Bar—the long bar area and then the whole burger thing. One thing I have to give Ketchup props for is, well, their innovative ketchups. They have their own name brand ketchup with flavors ranging from green tomato to chipotle. Those were pretty tasty.
Now, this place is brand new and I never want to be unfair to a place that might still have potential. But, when I dined there on a Saturday evening, we were the only ones there. It was 8pm, a pretty normal time to eat dinner on the weekend, not to mention it is in such a bustling area (on the corner of McKinney Avenue and Hall Street). I don’t know if people just don’t know about it since it’s kind of tucked around the corner from all the popular spots like Quarter Bar, Primo’s and Breadwinners, but it didn’t seem to be doing too well when we popped in.
I left Ketchup satisfied, but knowing I wouldn’t go back there for a looking for a great burger. Here in Dallas, there are so many options for an awesome burger, and Ketchup just didn’t make the cut. Maybe it’ll get better with time.