grass-fed burger, brisket, ground chuck, american cheese, grilled red onions
shredded romaine, tomato, Bad Dog’s 3 signature sauce, homemade tator tots, Drooling Dog ketchup ($9)
Those who know me know that I am not a fan of Bad Dog Taqueria. That review has apparently remained in many minds because every once in a while, I’ll meet someone who will goes, “OH, you wrote the review of that taco place!”
Since that review, I’ve been back once at the beginning of last semester. I figured Bad Dog’s new liquor license was a good excuse to see how the restaurant had changed. In my mind, the tacos were better, but in the way that being chased by one pack of wolves is better than being chased by two. Flavors remained misguided, and so I ditched the re-review I had hoped to write.
Recently, my friend lured me into the place with the promise of a new, special burger on the menu. The meat is a combo of brisket and grass-fed ground chuck (an ode to Holeman and Finch?). Before the burger, there was a grilled guacamole dip. Don’t do it. It’s mushy and lacking in everything you would ever need in a basic recipe, including avocados. The burger arrived. I’ll make this quick: dry and bland. Tragic for a burger with so many toppings and sauces. For starters, a greater percentage of brisket (i.e. fat) would do this burger serious justice. The side of homemade tator tots were straight-up obscure, and when dipped in refrigerator-cold housemade ketchup (with a weird twist), it’s even less pleasant.
At this point, I’ve given up hope. No more Bad Dog for me.