“Biscuits are what I crave,” says Ben Merritt with excitement. The Fort Worth chef – who’s been honing his biscuit-baking skills at his south Fort Worth restaurant Fixture for the last couple of years – opened his second concept this week. Ben’s Triple B: Biscuits, Burgers and Brews is within walking distance from Texas Wesleyan University, targeting college students with stick-to-your-ribs dishes at low prices.
“My biscuits are big, fluffy pillows with a salty crust. One thing that makes them different is that I use Greek yogurt. The only ingredients are Greek yogurt, buttermilk, butter and White Lily flour. The flour makes a big difference.”
Merritt was inspired to bake biscuits after visiting Portland’s Pine State Biscuits. After solidifying the location, he modified the new concept to feel more like an old college bar, keeping the 125 year-old building’s exposed rafters and masonry while adding a few modern touches. The 3,500 square-foot space seats about 100 inside, including seating at the full bar, along with 50 more on the wooden deck outside.
Soft opening crowd favorites this week included the Buffalo chicken biscuit with blue cheese dressing, and Merritt’s guilty pleasure, the Dirty B, offering chicken fried steak doused with chile con carne and queso between a biscuit.
But the burgers are also generating buzz. Popular choices so far are the Fun Guy with mushrooms and Swiss cheese, and a spicy variety called the Vaquero with chorizo grilled onions, pepper jack cheese and jalapenos. Burgers range from $4.25 to $6.25.
“The price point is geared toward students,” Merritt says. “The whole goal was to let them get a burger and three beers for $20.”
Right now, Ben’s Triple B is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., but Merritt will eventually stay open until midnight.