The Movie Snob rates Dallas cuisine.
Heart Attack Grill. Some colleagues and I put our lives on the line in order to try this new hamburger joint in downtown Dallas’s West End district. We cannot recommend it. In fact, we urge you to steer clear. Personally, I like the food at Hoffbrau in the West End much better, and there’s always The Angry Dog or Twisted Root if you’re willing to drive down to Deep Ellum.
First, the HAG is way too gimmicky. The waitresses are dressed as nurses, and they make you put on a hospital-style wristband and hospital gown when you come in. How often do they wash those gowns?
Second, the menu is quite limited. You can get a burger with up to four meat patties, french fries fried in pure lard, buttermilk milkshakes, and beer, Coca-Cola, or bottled water to drink. There are no plates, glasses, or ice. Oh, and it’s cash only; no credit cards accepted.
Third, I could have overlooked the gimmicks and the small menu if the food had been good, but it just wasn’t. Everything was way oversalted. The fries were hard and tough. I thought the burger was average, but my three dining companions all found their burgers overcooked and dry. One of us had bacon on his burger, and he said it added no smoky flavor to his burger at all. I should add that none of us got a milkshake, so they might be fine.
Finally, the place is too expensive. A single-patty burger, fries, and a coke cost me $12 before tip. Admittedly, the fries are large enough (or salty enough) that you could share an order with someone without going hungry and thereby save a buck or two that way.
I’m sorry to say it, but skip the Heart Attack Grill.