This past weekend I got to attend the HEB marching competition (go Forney Jackrabbits!). In between the preliminaries and finals, parents and other attendees scattered, looking for sustenance that you cannot find at a concession stand. On the advice of friends, and fellow band parents, we ate at Twisted Root. I want to say this place was amazing but, I don’t feel like that would do it justice. The atmosphere is casual, the food is super tasty and you won’t go broke if you eat here every day because you fell in love.
Chefs Jason Boso and Quincy Hart started the first Twisted Root in Deep Ellum, in 2006. They envisioned a place where you could get a massive burger that you could build anyway you wanted. Guy Fieri featured the restaurant on the second season of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and business started pouring in. Since then, the restaurant has been opening in different locations all over the metroplex. At last count, Twisted Root has eleven locations in the Dallas and Fort Worth area. Both chefs maintain their business and you’ll find them prepping veggies and making burgers in their different locations. Their burgers are half pound patties (twice the “usual” size), the buns come from bakeries local to that particular location and the toppings are all made/prepared in house, nothing packaged or preserved from these guys.
At our table, we had the “the spicy goat” (Glenview farms goat cheese, chipotle sauce and bacon), “the verde” (real deal hatch green chiles, guacamole and pepper jack) and the chicken sandwich. The chicken sandwich was actually a “build -your own” and had pepper jack cheese and chipotle ranch on a wheat bun. We also had the fried green beans n’ carrots and I can safely say that Twisted Root has given vegetables a place in my heart again. When I return, and I will return, I’m getting the “freshman 15” which is: smashed fries on top, melted cheddar, a fried egg and bacon. I will probably need to wear stretchy pants; I couldn’t finish the simple burger I had on this visit, one with more toppings is daunting.
Twisted Root isn’t just about burgers. You should also try one of their shakes because they are amazing, just like everything else. I took the” toasted marshmallow with s’mores” shake back to the competition with me. Twisted Root serves adult shakes and I almost bought the “crème de menthe and chocolate chips” instead. Marching competitions are not like football games; cheering during performance is frowned upon. I decided I should probably wait until my next trip to try their adult friendly shakes, probably saved my niece a lot of embarrassment with that decision.
Oh, one more thing. If your dining companion disappears to the bathroom for an extended period of time, no worries. It’s probably not what you think. They are probably just reading all the awesome, and true, facts about our native, famous Texan, Chuck Norris.
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