Food & Drink

Esquire names DFW burger the state’s most ‘over-the-top’

EB&D Loaded Up and Truckin’ Burger at Smoke
EB&D Loaded Up and Truckin’ Burger at Smoke

Burgers are a natural part of summer — one cannot live on grilled hot dogs and potato salad alone — and thanks to Esquire, burger fiends can now map out a road trip built around America and its “over-the-top” burgers.

Esquire recently singled out 50 different burgers from across the country, and to represent Texas, it looked to Dallas’ Smoke, run by chef Tim Byres, and the restaurant’s EB&D Loaded Up & Truckin’ Burger (the name draws its inspiration from 1977 cult classic Smokey & the Bandit, and Jerry Reed’s East Bound and Down).

Quoth Esquire: “You know what they say about everything being bigger in Texas? This burger is proof of that, with thick, smoky bacon, farm egg fritter, and smoked sharp cheddar all served between a homemade honey roll.”

Wince-inducing Lone Star cliches aside, it’s gratifying to see a North Texas eatery edge out worthy burgers from Austin, Houston or elsewhere in this sprawling state?

Do you agree with Esquire’s selection, or should the magazine have chosen a different burger to rep Texas?

Preston Jones: 817-390-7713, @prestonjones