Wednesday, August 5, 2009

HoodMama vs. Food

If we're anything in this family, we're good eaters. Perhaps not the most flattering of descriptions, but true and really, doesn't that just make you want to get to know me better...or leave this blog never to come back again?

'Good eaters?' Who says that? Especially about themselves?

I do.

My people can eat and, more than that, my people will try just about anything - especially if it comes in the form of a dive, or a hole-in-the-wall, or it's attached to a gas station.

I mean, I'm not bragging or anything, but Trey and I discovered that the tacos at Fuel City just down the road were the best in Texas long before Texas Monthly made it official.

We pride ourselves on our love of grocery store fried chicken.

The reason I'm giving you this background is that it will explain why Friday, with Trey out of town and me needing an outing with the kids, we decided to head on over to Dallas' newest hot spot...

Burguesa Burger.


Trey had been a couple of times by himself and come home raving about the great, albeit unconventional, burger he'd enjoyed.

The rest of the crew had not yet partaken and decided we'd better get on it before the whole city started lining up outside the bright orange, drive-up hut that is Burguesa Burger.


Oh, wait, they already have.

You see, just weeks after opening, Burguesa Burger was was crowned one of the "Reason's we Love Dallas" by D Magazine.

We've driven past this little hut for years heading to West Dallas. It's been a chicken and waffles place, a home-cookin' place, and finally, Burguesa Burger.

I don't care about your past, baby, just show me La Monumental, and by that, I don't mean my giant sunglasses.

La Monumental is what they're famous for so, of course, it's what we ordered. If you're gonna be a bear, be a grizzly.

Here's the menu.

Just for fun, let's translate into the King's English what all goes on this here sammich. Two beef patties, cheese, ham, a tostada, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, onions, avacado, and their salsa de especial. And all on a toasted bun with a fresh roasted jalapeno on top.


Delicioso. With fries and Mexican sodas, it was a hit all around. The kids loved it, the people sitting next to us at the outdoor picnic tables loved it, and the people standing in line waiting in the heat were happy as clams.

After lunch was over, and we'd had our third refill of soda de limon, we all went home happy, called our cardiologists, and took a nap. Friday night, we had a light dinner of Mexican food because, you know, we were taking it easy after our monumental lunch.







19 comments:

Natalie said...

Mmmm. That looks amazing. We may have to drive over there and try that. My brother-in-law lives in Oak Cliff over off of Zang and when we are over there, we definitely stop by Fuel City Tacos. Mmm, those are good as well.

And hole in wall places always have the best food!

Kim said...

My mama always said you could tell where the really good food was by the number of semis parked in front :-) We ate at a lot of truck stops when I was growing up. As an adult I realized the big trucks had a limited number of places they could park and eat so my mama mighta been wrong about that...

How can you have a hamburguesa without huevos? You cannot buy a hamburguesa in this country without an egg. (Except at McDonalds which doesn't really count.) But every other restaurant is gonna flop that fried egg on your burger whether you like it or not.

Actually it's hard to find a hot sandwich of any kind without an egg. Lomito with egg √, steak with egg √, ham with egg √, chicken with egg √, pork with egg √...

Holli said...

YUM!!!!

and 2 became 5 said...

i'm an all kinds of jealous burger loving woman over here. real jealous.

Traci said...

Isn't it hot in Texas right now? How are you all even outside? I swear we're on the surface of the sun here. AND- Oh. My. Word. on the burger- that shouldn't be legal- but it looks awful good.

Sitesx6 said...

My mouth is watering looking at that yummy-high fat burger...sorry, but why bother to eat if you can't enjoy some dripping grease????

From your Twitter I see you also sin and sneak food into the movies...we have been doing it forever....I just can't help it-I can't send my family to the poor house in order to buy movie tickets AND SPEND $50 ON FOOD....I take my biggest purse, zip lock bags for the splurge of popcorn we buy, then I sneak in twizzlers, Duds, and pops.....I'm always afraid Paul Blart-Movie Cop will be standing at the door and frisk me and I'll go to jail right in front of my children. It is worth the risk!!!!!!

Saw Boy in the Stripped PJs ...liked it, made me SICK AND SAD...but liked it.

Henley on the Horn said...

Looks delish, but I can only imagine how your stomach is doing after the refried beans AND a burger... I'm just sayin'... TOOT A LOO! (yes, pun very much intended)

Grateful for Grace said...

You've finally given me a reason to be interested in going to Dallas (other than meeting you and seeing Mercy Street of course). I'm actually hungry for that now. That's saying a lot since I was a vegetarian for 11 years. My eldest and my husband would load up tomorrow for that lovely orange place if they could.

Anonymous said...

Love it - my boys know that they are supposed to put "She was a good eater" on my tombstone - much the family joke. And yes, we were the first gringos to go up the the torta trailer at the "used to be fillin station" that is now the very famous by the Oklahoma Magazine "Seafood Taco Shop". So, you are not alone!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Oh my goodness. How yummy.We love hole in the walls, as well. I just discovered you blog and I love it. I live in East Texas and we make our way to the Big D, often. I know this "fine eating" establishment will go on our list to try!!

Caroline said...

Ok, I have heard sooo much about this place! Going tomorrow with Candy!! Do they have a diet coke to go along with my monumental?!?! I know you will know!!!

happygeek said...

It wasn't till I was teaching in Oak Cliff that I ever ate at an hole in the wall. My co-workers introduced me to the wonder that is Smokey Joe's. Mmmm. Nothing says good food like a converted gas station.
That looks like some burger!

Candy said...

Well, those that know me, know that I too am a champion eater. Can't wait to try out Burgueza Burger tomorrow with Caroline.

When I was a counselor at Camp Longhorn, there was a nearby restaurant, The German/American, where all the counselors would go on nights off. They had a 32 oz. K.C. sirloin steak. If you could eat it, your table ate free. After I accomplished the task easily twice, I was not allowed to participate again. You married into a great eating family, Melissa.

Love you.
Candy

Cole said...

Someone book me a flight to Dallas!! That looks delicious....and a heart attack waiting to happen. Hahaha

and 2 became 5 said...

i may have missed it, but how did the laundry talk go with dea & darius?

emily said...

That sounds delicioso-- :) Is that Hoodmamas Mexican diet Coke on the table??

Andrea said...

Read about this spot on the DMN. I work at UT-Southwestern and hear that doctors (yes, even cardiologists) line up with the rest of them for La Monumental.

Laura said...

The description reminds me of this SNL clip I just saw:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/1447/saturday-night-live-taco-town

Guess I'm not one much for hamburguesa! :-)

Becca said...

That looks so delicious. I mean, I'd calling eating something to be proud of :-)