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Ketchup Burger Bar

Ketchup Burger Bar in Uptown

$$

3028 N. Hall St. Suite 179
Dallas, TX 75204

In 2010, the unusual burger at Yaser Khalaf’s Farnatchi Gourmet Oven made my Best in DFW burger list. Since then, Khalaf opened a dedicated burger place in Uptown, Ketchup Burger Bar, and I fell in love with the Ketchup Burger ($9). Much more traditional than the oniony burger at Farnatchi, it’s a straight-ahead, generous Black Angus patty — cooked juicily medium-rare, if you like — cloaked in a thin veil of melted cheddar. It’s perfectly proportioned on its brioche bun, and well-dressed, too, with slices of nicely caramelized red onion, ripe tomato and lettuce leaves; a dollop of house-made ketchup gives it pizazz. There are also burgers fashioned from turkey, veggies, tuna or lamb, and beef burgers with tasty treatments, such as gorgonzola, arugula and fig spread. Plus a panoply of house-made ketchups that merit exploration — abetted by an order of hot, crisp chive-garlic fries. The place, which doubles as a very pleasant bar, offers half a dozen beers on tap.Leslie Brenner/Guide

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