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One of the best new burgers is at a lakefront hole-in-the-wall north of Azle

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Two of the best new restaurants near Fort Worth are a mile apart by boat.

But it’a almost faster to drive downtown than between Eagle Mountain Landing & Cafe and cross-lake neighbor Sammy’s on the Lake.

Try them both. Eagle Mountain, new north of Azle, serves first-rate homestyle burgers.

Sammy’s on the Lake, north of the hiking park off Peden Road, has a much larger menu of excellent street tacos, served by the same family that operate Dos Molinas’ restaurant near the Stockyards.

More on the lake scene:

Eagle Mountain Landing & Cafe has only been open a couple of weeks, and looks it.

The marina cafe is a small, cluttered hole-in-the-wall grill. The simple menu of burgers and weekend breakfast is scrawled on a whiteboard.

But all doubts end when the burger arrives.

Eagle Mountain serves a half-pound burger made from a blend of 1855 “high choice” Angus brisket, short rib and chuck. It’s thick and has as much flavor as the more expensive wagyu or Akaushi burgers.



It’s a perfect fit for a brioche bun from the California-based La Jolla Bakery brand.

With skin-on fries or tater tots and a choice of American, Swiss, pepper Jack or provolone, it’s $11.99, or $9.99 in a quarter-pound version.

Besides the burgers, Eagle Mountain Landing has a bacon-cheese patty melt ($13) hot dogs, chili and Frito pie. The featured dessert is a housemade funnel cake ($4.99), or sundaes.

It’s open for lunch and dinner daily, and breakfast platters are served from 8 a.m. weekends as the sun comes up from across the lake; 6925 Liberty School Tap Road, no listed phone yet; facebook.com/eaglemountainlanding.

We recap the Sweet 16 round of the DFW.com Burger Battle, where three of the No. 1 seeds were upset and two newcomers provided some thrills on the grill. (Video by Steve Wilson and Rick Press, DFW.com) Here's a link to all the judges' reviews ht

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Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.

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