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September 26, 2012

Expedition North Oak Cliff – A Monumental Experience
By joe@bestdamnthings.com On September 26, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I first discovered the “fast food chain” Burguesa Burger a few years ago when I was exploring the little known underground tunnels of downtown Dallas. It was about lunch time when I rounded a corner to find an area of the tunnel resembling a mall food court. It was there I first saw it. It looked glorious; Classic American burger blended with traditional Mexican flavors. But due to the large crowd and long line I continued spelunking, figuring I would try it another day when I just happened to be under Renaissance Tower in a tunnel again. Okay, obviously my logic was flawed and as a result I all but forgot about that amazing creation I had once seen. Forgot that is until a few days ago.

Exploration is one of my favorite past times, hence the underground tunnels connecting downtown Dallas. My favorite, perpetual expedition is of course the quest for new and wonderful places to eat. My favorite terrain to explore? You guessed it. Oak Cliff!

Get outside of the Bishop Arts district and most people have terrible misconceptions of Oak Cliff. Most never consider the area north of interstate 30, North Oak Cliff, as a destination for anything. Those people are idiots. There are lots of great things to see, do and eat in North Oak Cliff as well. Take for instance the best fast food/diner-esque burger joint I’ve ever been to. First discovered in the cavernous underground of downtown, now spotted living and thriving in another habitat – in none other than my favorite neighborhood of Oak Cliff – there is was – the original Burguesa Burger.

It’s located so very conveniently at 710 Fort Worth Avenue in Dallas (corner of Ft. Worth Ave and Sylvan). There you will find the most delicious, most creative burger franchise that puts ALL others to shame. Forget In and Out, forget 5 Guys, forget any and all other burger chains. To do so, all you need to know is two words – La Monumental.

La Monumental is their signature burger. It consists of two beef patties, two slices of cheese, a stack of ham, sliced avocado, refried beans, a crunchy tostada, lettuce, tomato, onion, and a creamy special sauce on a bun garnished with a skewered jalapeño.

Compliment any burger with their famous spicy fries served with a side of spicy dipping sauce. (I’m pretty sure it’s chipotle ranch and it’s fucking awesome.)

You’re going to need to wash this stuff down. Well I know you typically love it as you are force fed it every day, but do not count on ingesting any high fructose corn syrup here. Burguesa Burger has created their own unique fountain drinks all made from natural, pure cane sugar! Or perhaps you’d rather have a hand dipped and mixed strawberry, chocolate or vanilla milk shake, straw skewered with a donut!! Plus…and this could be the deal sealer…they serve beer.

Desert? How about crispy churros filled with dulche de leche? Get ‘em for a buck fifty.

So you see what I mean. Stop going to the same old strategically placed chains you’ve been conditioned to. Take and adventure. Go somewhere for taste. Go somewhere for individuality. Go and support a great Dallas neighborhood. Go to Burguesa Burger.

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Denton is Ready for Battle

September 14, 2012

September 12, 2012 by Arts-Life-Editor
North Texas Daily

Man vs La Monumental

Trent Johnson / Intern

Burguesa Burger of Denton will host its first La Monumental burger-eating contest Saturday at 11 a.m.

While the contest has been held at several of the restaurant’s other Texas branches, the owners of the company decided to spread some contest fever and introduce the event to the Denton restaurant.

“This will be the first one in Denton,” Burguesa General Manager Rodrigo Santiago said. “And the idea came up when two guys in the bar at our North Oak Cliff location just began to see who could eat more burgers. So we timed it and we decided to make it an event.”

The objective of the event is to find out which contestant can eat the most La Monumentals in five minutes.

The La Monumental contains two beef patties, a crunchy tostada, ham, cheese, refried beans and more. It is topped with a jalapeño pepper that the contestants are required to eat.

Winners and other contestants in the past have tackled the task with better results than originally expected.

“Last year, in Oak Cliff, there were seven contestants and the winner ate four and a half burgers, with a tiny girl finishing second with about four and a quarter,” Santiago said. “The turnout to last year’s Oak Cliff event was great.”

While pride will be on the line for the contestants, Burguesa will also award a television to the winner, a gift card to the runner-up and a Burguesa shirt for all the contestants.

“Trying to eat it that fast, in five minutes, is kind of ridiculous,” Burguesa employee Aaron Raper said. “Anyone that can eat the most burgers in that amount of time definitely deserves a TV. I mean I can only eat one La Mounmental.”

The contest requires that at least three people participate, but only one person has signed up as of Wednesday. However, the deadline to sign up has been extended to the morning of the event. Those interested in signing up must pay their $15 registration fee at the Denton location.

The eating contest takes place once a year and serves as a celebration of Mexican Independence Day.

“With Mexican Independence Day being on Sept. 16, we just try to use the Saturday that is closest to the holiday,” Santiago said. “Last year we made 50 hamburgers for the event, and the year just gives us time to prepare for the event because it does take a lot of work.”

Because of the hamburgers and prizes, customers are excited about the event.

“I don’t know how people eat one, but I think it’s a great idea especially because of the college aspect,” Burguesa customer and sociology junior Hannah Armstrong said. “I think people will definitely take notice and get excited.”

Burguesa Burger Supports Annual 9-11 Stair Climb

September 11, 2012

Burguesa Burger was privileged to serve breakfast to the 200+ volunteers that were there to support and insure the safety of the almost 400 firefighters that took on the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb challenge. Each year firefighters from all
over the state of Texas descend on Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas in full gear to climb 110 flights of stairs, just as the members of FDNY did on that fateful day in 2001. It is an incredibly moving ceremony and a beautiful way to honor those that gave their lives saving so many. We are proud to have had a supporting role in this event.

The Challenge Is Back

September 4, 2012