Haystack Burgers and Barlay, Richardson, TX
100 South Central Expy
Richardson, TX 75080
United States of America
Phone: (972) 479-9424
Price for meal: $11 with tax
Date of review: May 24th, 2013
Submitted by Doc
Haystack is a new burger restaurant in Richardson. They advertise Burgers and Barlay and carry a few signature burgers and sandwiches. The day we were there they had a special burger with avocado and a chili pepper ranch dressing. We also ordered the Pitch Fork Chili burger from their regular menu and a serving of fries.
They said the burgers would be served medium, which was fine by me. I trusted that they would make it perfect medium since they were so particular with it during the order.
The burgers came out within 10 minutes, which was quite all right. These days all new burger restaurants serve their burgers on metal trays and Haystack was no exception. I guess that’s what’s trending now for burger joints. The bun looked good and both burgers had a wonderful smell of meat and goodness. After the first bite, I knew that this was not working out like I expected. The burger was well done and quite dry. It was also made like it was compacted so much that I almost suspected they made the meat from frozen patties! I really don’t think that was the case, but they really made this burger worse than necessary by making the patties so compact. Both burgers were overcooked and a little dry. The smell was the only thing that was still wonderful and that was a pity. I wouldn’t say it was a bad burger and had the meat been cooked medium as advertised and more loosely put together it would probably had gotten a rating that was +2 up from the rating it’s getting today.
The fries were mediocre. Sure, they were homemade and hand cut, but they were so greasy and soft they were almost uneatable. I bet they never cooked them twice as they were supposed to. If they did, then there was definitely something wrong with their procedure.
Haystack is a trendy new restaurant and I like their burgers, but I just don’t think they are anything special. Just a good average burger.
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