Friday, January 9, 2009

Blue Tower Cafe Review

When you ask a Fort Worth native for a good burger joint... you get one of 3 responses: Kincaid's, Tommy's, or Fred's...

And then randomly someone says: "I recently heards that The Blue Tower Cafe had the best burgers in Fort Worth.."

And suddenly time stands still... until someone visits The Blue Tower Cafe. Well we can press play on the big button of life again, because I (Jake) took the time today to seek out this mysterious burger... and I was quite surprised.

Let's start with the location:
101 Summit Avenue # 110,
Fort Worth, TX 76102


As you're driving in towards downtown Fort Worth on 7th... you'll hit Summit Ave. Swing a left and immediately enter the parking lot. Yes, you will be in the parking lot of a large office building. Don't be confused, the "Yeti" of Fort Worth burgers is hidden deep within the recesses of corporate Texas...

You enter the building and the friendly building security stops you and judges your business being there. Give him a nod and say "Blue Tower Cafe" and off you go...


You'll find the counter behind a small door to the right. Looks like the average corporate cafeteria in any standard skyscraper. Rest assured this is not.

Order up a burger, pay the nice woman your money (btw, Burger & Fries + Muffaletta & Chips + 2 Drinks = $17)... And soon enough this pops up on your table:


Enough rambling? How does it taste? What's the flavor like?

The fries are hand cut... very meaty (how I like them) and taste fresh... Now that the fries are covered, let's dissect the burger.

The bun: delightfully solid, not soggy, and hearty. Not tough or thick, but holds up better than Kincaid's burger buns.

The dressings: Fresh veggies... lettuce, tomatoe, onions, pickles, and mustard. Very fresh taste and put on at the last possible second so it doesn't get soggy or greesy from the burger.

The burger: Very juicy (read: not too greasy, just moist) and tastey. The patty is uniform in shape and thickness (flat circle) but it's hand made. The meat melts in your mouth as you take a bite. The best part is that the grease does not escape and ruin your bun, but it does leave a little on your fingers. To me, that's a good sign...

Overall I think this burger beats Fred's and Tommy's and really does give Kincaid's a run for the top burger in Fort Worth. The anonymous commenter heard right that this could quite possibly be the best burger in Fort Worth. There will have to be other visits (from you readers) and myself to ensure the consistency... but I'm pretty much ready to dethrown the 3 kings...

The place has you fooled... Feels corporate and cafeteria like, but with the fresh flowers on the table, nice staff, excellent fries, and tastey burger... it's a spot to hit up and adventure out. Ambiance isn't quite burger joint friendly, but it's the meat that counts right?

Hmmm what to have for dinner?

12 comments:

Francis Shivone said...

Jake -- loved the review.

And I think we have the exact same way of judging a hamburger. Yes, the Kinkaid's bun is a little wimpy. I like a little substance and even a slight crunch in the roll. I hate the overly greased bun as well but, and here is the subtlety, like you say a little finger grease is good.

No one can get them right everytime and there are other things involved, such as the Kinkaid's kind of Fort Worth we don't get in a hurry for anybody attitude that I like.

Regardless, can't wait to try a Blue Tower, and feel free to post at will.

Francis Shivone said...

Oh -- and if I get similar reviews they will be moved to the Top Ten list.

Anonymous said...

one thing that Kincaid's has going for it is that the beef is fresh ground and organic. a big plus for my fam. Also, hate to throw in a monkey wrench but I heard that M&O had the best burger in town. an I heard that the Daybreak Cafe has a good one, too!

Becca said...

Sounds like Jake and I are going to be busy. Oh darn we have to go and try a new place to eat...

Francis Shivone said...

Anony.& BeccaWest -- The quest continues. I love quests.

Rambler said...

If this is a duplicate comment, please delete; the previous seems lost in the ether. Anyway:

M&O is good. Daybreak, I usually have the burritos, which are good. My memory of the one burger I had there is of basic greasy-spoon grilled burger, like the gas station across the street from work. I like that, but it's not in the same class as M&O, Kincaid's, and so on.

The last time the Startlegram did a best burgers feature, they included a place out on Granbury Rd. - "Charlie's", maybe? I had one, which was good but pricey. They also included Flashpoint Boogie Burger on E. Lancaster, but it's gone now.

I had a decent burger at the Bluebonnet Cafe (off of E. Belknap at Haltom Rd.) yesterday. They only have multi-grain buns, so I had it on Texas Toast, which was mess. A tasty mess, but a mess. They plate lunches are a better option there.

Old Neighborhood Grill is still my favorite burger, but that's my favorite cafe.

I'm still smarting from my last, nasty burger at Tommy's. They are off my list.

Fortunately, Blue Tower Grill is on my route, so it's on the lunch list for this week.

Francis Shivone said...

Rambler -- I would put Flashpoint on E. Lancaster as a "best burger." Fresh meat, cooked fresh. Good fries, too. Sorry it's gone. For those traveling on the north side of the airport, the Coppell Grill is another of my favorites. Long lines at lunch but they move quickly.

Anytime you want to do a formal review let me know and I'll add you to the "authors" list.

I was at the Old Neighborhood Grill with Mr Lacey the other night and had the fish. I should have had a burger.

Anonymous said...

I must say I'm one of those health nuts (yes, nuts are good for you!), so I can't comment on the burgers; but since I have eaten at The Blue Tower on a regular basis, may I say that I have a hard time finding any price-comparable place in town that offers a better selection of "healthier" food than The Blue. It's fresh-taste superb.

Francis Shivone said...

Anon.: We welcome all nuts, health or otherwise.

Thanks.

nemajo said...

Wow!! Thanks for the review.. I guess I better go try one of those Blue tower Burgers!!!

Rambler said...

author's list indeed! I guess that last post was a bit wordy. :-)

Did the burger and fries today, with a salad from the salad bar. that's a little pricey at $5.25/lb.. Good burger, but I'm sticking with ONG. I prefer the real potatoe fries at Blue Tower, but they weren't hot, I think because it took so long for the burger to cook.

Francis Shivone said...

Actually, Rambler, since Jake did this post I thought you could do one. And maybe since you are committed to ONGrill you could do a post on their burger/fry combo. Just send me your email address to my gmail address and I'll set you up.

Either way, thanks, and I have to try that hamburger.