Monday, April 11, 2011
Burger review: Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill in Fort Worth
As a place that touts its burgers, the menu was disappointing on variety.
Opening a little less than one month ago at the corner of 3rd Street and Lamar, on the Southwest side of Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill is a Dallas business trying to make the leap into Fort Worth. One thing we will say, this place is impressive when it comes to watching sports. There are 80 LCDs ranging from 50″ to 16′ and unlike many places with lots of TVs, there were many different programs going on.
When you enter, you are greeted by a hostess and seated at a table or the bar. This is a full-service place, meaning that someone will take your order and bring your food to you, versus having to stand in a line to place your order like most joints. But maybe if we stood in line, we would have had a better experience and a better burger. The wait staff (all female) was dressed in red t-shirts and shorts and someone came with the menus right away. They do have a nice seating area outside that we thought about, but it was a very blustery day, so we thought better of it. Plus we wanted to experience the ambiance inside. And the ambiance is all sports bar, with lots of guys playing old KISS songs on the digital jukebox and singing along and the TVs surrounding every part of the place.
As a place that touts its burgers, the menu was disappointing on variety. We ordered the Patriot burger which, for an extra $.75 (yes, that is sarcasm) comes with your choice of American, Pepperjack, Mozzarella, Provolone, Swiss or Cheddar cheese. The burger is fresh (not frozen) Angus beef and was listed at 1/2lb. The flavor of the meat was rather boring – tasted like a lot of pepper was added and that was all. The juice factor was average as well. In a lot of places we visit, while we order the burger medium, we get well-done. (AGH likes hers well-done, and yes we see the irony in that. ) This time, her burger came medium rare. When we showed this to the waitress, she took the patty and left. But that was the last that was ever spoken of it! We thought we would get a visit from the kitchen or the manager or at least an apology, but nothing!
The burger was served on a white plate, unwrapped, and was garnished with lettuce, pickles, purple onions, tomato, mustard, and mayo. The bun was an onion-loaf style (from a bag) toasted version. Honestly, I did not get the bun choice. It brought nothing to the flavor combination. Or maybe it was supposed to be the flavor since the meat was so dull? The fries were thin cut (from a bag, not fresh) and cooked very well. They could have used seasoning so as to enhance the flavor and not to rely on ketchup. The serving size of fries was average and not what we have been seeing at other places.
They serve fountain Diet Coke, so at least they got that right. All in all, we would call this one of our burger fails. We were very disappointed with the burger and, of course, the service. If you like beer and sports, they have more beers than they do TVs, so this might be your place – just don’t go there for the food.
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