Rodeo Goat (Fort Worth, TX)

First things first: This was supposed to be a review of Dutch’s. I had occasion to go to Forth Worth twice since moving to the DFW area. I got free tickets (as a veteran) to the Armed Forces Bowl primarily to eat pre-game at Dutch’s, the winner of the 2015 Burger Battle. When we got there, the restaurant was closed for the week for repairs or upgrades or some other reason that did not satisfy my hunger. You can’t eat an “I’m sorry, we’re not open” sign, Dutch’s!

I then had another opportunity to go this week, but ended up at Rodeo Goat, the winner of the same competition in 2014 and the People’s Champ in 2015. It was closer to where I was, after all.

Emoji review: 🍔🍟🍺 = 😋😋; 💸 = 😬

I apologize for the photo above – my phone camera evidently was more interested in the beer I had than the food. I can’t blame it, the Cedar Creek Dankosaurus was an actual refreshing IPA instead of an abusive hop-bomb. (If you’re interested in the beer, also from Texas, here are some reviews from people who seem like they know what they’re talking about.)

The fries, while unattractive in this photo, were both sexy and delicious in real life. The Salted Sow, a burger made of beef and Italian sausage, with prosciutto, tomato, basil pesto, basil leaves, mozzarella, and balsamic mayo (so yes, that stuff on it IS green) sits on the right of the photo. It was amazing as well, although even with my smaller appetite after a month of eating less and exercising more, I still wasn’t particularly full.

The only negative from the visit was getting the bill. I hadn’t checked out their prices online beforehand (whoops), and going by Google’s one-$ rating when I looked up the directions on my GPS, I figured it’d be inexpensive. With tip, the one drink, burger and fries ran me over $20, which, for me, is in the “maybe as a special treat” range.

All in all, I’m glad I went there and would go again, but I wouldn’t recommend bringing the whole family down and expecting an inexpensive meal. Next stop in Ft. Worth: Dutch’s. I will get there.

The Linebacker from Dutch’s: It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.



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