Off-Site Kitchen’s Burgers Flirt with Perfection
Off-Site Kitchen gives off the deceptive impression that it’s some kind of hidden gem. If you’re a casual Dallas foodie, you might find yourself thinking: “Clearly this place is old as dirt. Why haven’t I heard of it?”
The menu, placed high above the register counter, looks low-budget and thrown-together with little attention to detail. Two of their beer staples are Schlitz and Pearl Light. Fake mounted bull heads grace the wall.
It has a gritty, yet oddly welcoming “love it or leave it” attitude. You probably won’t want to leave it.
The antique feel is just a facade. Well, sort of. Unlike places like Keller’s or Dairy-Ette, which have been here for just about forever, OSK has only been around since February of last year. But don’t let any of that sway your decision.
You’ll arrive to a very modest triangular shack with “OFF-SITE KITCHEN” nailed to the front in what appears to be wooden craft letters from Hobby Lobby. The interior is very tight, but that’s part of the draw. Don’t be surprised if the line goes out the door. Vintage ads and black-and-white photos cover the walls and ceilings and there’s bar seating on one side…but that’s it. There are plenty of picnic tables outside, and it’s covered and ventilated so heat isn’t really an issue.
The actual business may not be ancient, but Nick Badovinus & Co. have done an excellent job capturing the homey feel that took other establishments decades to accomplish naturally.
A lot has been going right for OSK’s reputation in the past year-and-a-half. It’s made quite the name for itself in the burger world. And boy, is a hot burger from Off-Site Kitchen delicious. One of the best. Buttery crisp bun…lovingly seasoned patty…fresh lettuce (oddly important to me)…gorgeous golden onions.
The greatest part about these remarkable pieces of nourishment? They start at 3 bucks and change. Add russet fries for $2 and you’ve got a meal featuring one of Dallas’s finest beef patties for under $6.
Take that, $10-just-for-the-burger places. You know who you are.
This isn’t some half-pound bovine monstrosity here. Off-Site Kitchen’s burger traverses ever closer to my vision of the textbook American masterpiece. This is rare territory. I left the little triangle shack satisfied — I wasn’t stuffed to nausea like some other burger experiences, but I was purely satisfied. And it was beautiful.
Off-Site Kitchen is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed Sundays. For more photos, visit our Facebook gallery.