Going Dutch

| by Nicole Crites | photography by Alex Lepe |

Dutch’s Hamburgers occupies a spot in one of Fort Worth’s most historic retail strip centers, directly facing Texas Christian University’s campus. It housed the original TCU Theater, built in 1949, before being demolished in 2006, and has been the home of Record Town since 1957 – probably the greatest (as well as one of the few) success stories in that particular location.

Since 2007 Dutch’s Hamburgers has been fortunate to call 3009 S. University Drive its home, and it does not look like that will be changing anytime soon.

The neighborhood burger joint has changed up its look in the past few years with the addition of an upstairs patio overlooking the strip and the surrounding TCU area with seating that is ideal for sunny weather accompanied by a craving for a juicy burger.

The Vaquero Burger at Dutch's is loaded with fried onion and jalapeño strings, bacon, shredded cheddar, barbecue sauce and chipotle mayo.

Inside the restaurant feels light and airy, with clean wooden bars and tables and huge windows lined with more seating that look out onto University Drive. If the Horned Frog memorabilia and purple “Riff Ram Bah Zoo” chant painted on the wall do not clue you in that this is a major TCU hotspot, then maybe the flood of customers sporting purple attire will.

The college town atmosphere and exceptional, breezy outdoor seating only augment the restaurant’s exceptional burgers. Dutch’s unique sweet bread hamburger buns are soft, grilled and utterly addicting. The fat, juicy burger patties complement them with excellence.

The menu boasts 12 different hamburgers, bar food, salads, ice cream, specialty items like the Dutch’s Frog Dog, as well as a variety of sandwich melts and a good selection of draft beers.

The Vaquero Burger ($8.95), loaded with fried onion and jalapeño strings, bacon, shredded cheddar, barbecue sauce and chipotle mayo, is a true Texan burger intended for those with an insatiable appetite. The savory cheeseburger is literally dripping with the two sauces, which complement each other very well.

However, where Dutch’s exceeds expectations is with its Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger ($8.65). The potency of bleu cheese is not necessarily for everyone, but combined with bacon, chipotle mayo and Dutch’s signature sweet buns, it makes for one of the best bleu cheese burgers in town.

The burger joint has recently tried to mix things up a little bit, expanding its ice cream selection with new sundaes, as well as adding some seriously huge, cheesy mozzarella sticks.

Location: 3009 S. University Drive, Fort Worth
For Info Call: 817.927.5522
Price Range: $-$$
Hours: Sun. - Wed. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Thurs. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.