Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives hits Chop House Burgers in Arlington
With guest appearance by Earl Campbell.
ARLINGTON Not quite sated on burgers -- despite last week's visit to Maple & Motor -- Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives aired another installment from its "Dallas" series on Monday with a segment at Chop House Burgers in Arlington (not to be confused with the more recently opened ChopHouse Burger in downtown Dallas).
The segment was part of a show called "The Real Deal Classics" and it was unusual in that it featured only two restaurants rather than the usual three. The first restaurant was Broders' Cucina Italiana in Minneapolis, which did pasta and pizza.
Back from the commercial, they opened with a shot of Cowboys Stadium and Guy's voice-over that he'd be hitting "a straight-up burger joint mixing in barbecue with a Texas legend," Earl Campbell.
"I have a reputation of knowing something about burgers, I have my place Guy's Burger Joint, and I've probably seen over 3 or 4 thousand dozen burger joints on Triple D," Guy says as he exits his car in the low-key parking lot of the strip center where Chop House Burgers is located. "I cruise into Arlington, Texas, where there's a dude that is cooking brisket to mix it into ground beef."
Chop House chef-owner Kenny Mills begins by showing how he makes his steak sauce.
"You got raisins in this?" Guy asks. Yes, along with onions, OJ, molasses, vinegar, soy sauce, raisins, and Worcestershire sauce. "I like all the characters you put in the pool," Guy says.
The brisket gets cooked in the oven for six hours at 400 degrees and comes out tender enough to break into chunks, which Mills mixes into the ground beef. The burgers are cooked on a grill over mesquite wood -- "that burns hot," Guy says -- then put in the oven until the cheese melts on top.
"You have so many things going on in this burger that are outstanding," Guy says.
Mills shows off his "10 pepper burger," and then it's on to gumbo, with sausage from former football player Campbell, who Guy explains is a personal hero. He watches Mills make the gumbo with celery, onion, roux, sausage, and crabmeat, then sits down with Campbell to have a bowl together.
"You do a good job with your show," Campbell tells him. Later, Guy says, "This is without question one of the greatest moments in Triple D history."
Should we be getting a complex? Last week, the Maple & Motor segment had a walk-on from Tim Love; this week, it was Earl Campbell. Will all our DDD segments require cameos?
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